I drive quite a bit for my gig with The College of Westchester and while I'm doing my road warrior thing, music is constantly flowing through the speakers of my bad-ass mini-van. (I know...a mini-van isn't bad ass but I have to think of it that way in order to tolerate driving it.)
I use this drive time to do much of the plotting for my books and the songs inevitably help me along. As I plot, certain songs are more helpful than others and these songs end up compiling a soundtrack for each book. Within each soundtrack, there is a theme song that I end up using as the music for the book trailers. Amy Petty, whom I've blogged about before, is my primary musical muse for the Amoveo Legend series. She and her record label Red Pill Entertainment have allowed me to use Amy's music for the trailers-how cool are they? The answer: Way cool.
I just finished the edits for Untamed and the theme song for that one is Promise's Demise. It captured the heroine's personality completely and sparked some great ideas for Layla and William. I'm currently writing Undone, the fourth book in the AL series, and the theme song for Pete and Marianna is Long Way Down, also by Amy Petty.
Here's the soundtrack for Untouched which is Kerry and Dante's story. Their theme song is Honey on the Skin and when I heard it for the first time, it blew the plot wide open and their story flowed freely.
"Honey on the Skin"--Amy Petty *song used in the book trailer for Untouched
"Hurts So Good"--John Cougar Mellencamp
"Teenage Dream"--Katy Perry
"Fire Down Below"--Bob Seger
"Lay All Your Love on Me"--Mama Mia Soundtrack
"I'm So into You"--The Strike Nineteens
"Tipitina"--Professor Longhair *this gave me the Louisiana flavor when I needed it
So how about you? What's the theme song for your life right now?
Post it here and I'll select one lucky commenter to win some bookmarks, temporary tattoos of the book cover of Untouched and Amoveo m&m candy.