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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tuesday Spotlight: Lex Valentine

Lex Valentine’s Book Soundtrack

When you go to a publisher’s chat and the hostess asks questions, do you read all the replies? The last few chats I’ve been to the hostesses posed the question, “Do you need silence to write? Or do you put on mood music?” If you’ve ever seen my reply to that question, you’ll know that I can do either. What a lot of people don’t know is that even when I don’t have music on, I have music on. Every story I write has its own song. You can call it a theme song if you want. I just hear it in my head over and over as I write. The song becomes inextricably bound to the story for me. So I thought you might like to know the soundtrack to my work.

Some of the songs that bound themselves to my books in my head were used when I made the trailer. This happened with all of the Tales books to date. Shifting Winds is The Calling’s "Wherever You Will Go." Hot Water is Liz Phair’s "White Hot Cum." Fire Season is Evanescence’s "Forgive Me" and Breaking Benjamin’s "Without You" is Ride the Lightning. It also happened with the trailer for The Phoenix Prophecy. That trailer is actually for all three books in the series and I only wrote the last book. The song? "Afterglow" by INXS. The Wise Guy was Motley Crue’s "Kiss the Sky". Runaways was Dan Wilson’s "Breathless." Mating, The Calling’s "Anything."

I don’t always create a trailer for my stories, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a song. For my July release Common Ground, I heard the Backstreet Boys’ "Helpless When She Smiles." When I wrote Rousing Caine for MLR Press, Jet’s "Shine On" played relentlessly in my head.

Some of the WIPs I’m working on currently already have their songs in place in my head. The latest Tales book that I’m writing, Sunstroked, seems to be Godsmack’s "Love-Hate-Sex-Pain." My sci fi rom takes it title from the song I hear when I write it, Rob Thomas’s "Ever the Same." My next novel for MLR, Primal Urges is a Tool song, "Sober."

Quite the line up isn’t it? Maybe I should put together a soundtrack on my website of all the songs that bonded to a book in my head. It certainly might give the reader a sense of the story that they never expected!


lindseye said...

I love the trailers and though I usually have no familiarity with the artists, the songs fit the books. Look forward to seeing how "Helpless When She Smiles" fits in Common Ground.

Carol L. said...

Amazing idea to do a cd of all the songs you connect to your stories.I agree with Lindseye, they all fit.
Thanks for sharing Lex.
Carol L.

Cinderella said...

If I know the song the writer is using for the mood I try and read the book with said music. You trailers are awesome sauce yes all of them even girlie cooties. Cyn

Lex Valentine said...

I'm going to put some serious thought into a Soundtrack feature for my website. If the three of you like the idea, chances are other readers and fans would like that feature as well.