Unlike some authors, I’m one of those people who CANNOT listen to music while I write. I completely get distracted by the lyrics of music with lyrics, and I’m not cool enough to listen to music without lyrics, unless it’s meditation music or astral projection music, which is NOT cool to listen to for a book about Elizabethan England.
However, I do listen to music BEFORE I write, to get in the mood. The Foo Fighter song I list below for Meg is one that was on auto play for far more times than I’d care to admit!
Now that I’m hip-deep in revisions on MAID OF DECEPTION, book 2 in the Maids of Honor series, I have a new song for Beatrice… I still have a fond spot in my heart for Material Girl, which works for her character in Book 1.
But in book 2, Beatrice and the Queen square off in a constant clash of wills that is, well, best exemplified by this song:
BEATRICE AND THE QUEEN – MAID OF DECEPTION
Enemies – Shinedown. (So. Much. Win.)
That said, voila the working playlist of Maid of Secrets! And may you find tremendous inspiration for your work today, whatever that inspiration is!
Playlist: MAID OF SECRETS
Meg’s song: The Pretender – Foo Fighters
Meg Fellowes, the heroine of MAID OF SECRETS, has been living a role her whole life… first as a thief, then as an unofficial actress for her traveling acting troupe, and now as a spy to the Queen. But who is Meg really?
Rafe’s song: Way Cool Jr. – Ratt
Meg gets some unexpected (and unwanted) help from a mysterious Spanish spy, Count Rafe de Martine. Rafe is the original bad boy, and definitely not someone you can trust… which is why we’re throwing him back to the Hair Band rockers of the 80s to find his song.
THE SPY GIRLS:
Beatrice’s song: Material Girl – Madonna
This one will also take you way (way) back to the 80s, but no one captures Beatrice’s confidence and style like Madonna. As the darling of the Queen’s court, Beatrice knows everyone’s secrets. But there’s also a secret of her own that she’s desperate to hide.
Anna’s song: Firework – Katy Perry
Anna is the smartest girl in the room—even when she doesn’t want to be. Lost in her world of intricate puzzles and mysteries to solve, she sometimes feels on the outside looking in when it comes to being a part of a group. Her inner light, however, is just beginning to shine.
Sophia’s song: She’s a Mystery to Me – U2//Bono
The youngest spy, Sophia is rumored to have the Sight… only her powers haven’t manifested yet. Despite that, she’s already up to her ears in danger that lurks just beyond the shadows.
Jane’s song: All that I’m Living For – Evanescence
Jane hasn’t had it easy. As the assassin of the spy group, she’s seen her share of tragedy, beginning with a deadly attack on her village that haunts her still. Now she must fight the demons in her memory… even as she defends the Queen.
Queen Elizabeth’s song: Super Girl – Hillary Duff
Speaking of the Queen: in MAID OF SECRETS we find an Elizabeth I who’s just come to power… at only 25 years old. With half the kingdom praising her and half wanting her dead, it’s going to take a Super Girl to stay on top.