I have the pleasure of having Karen Greco here as a Guest. Hope you enjoy!!
Sabina, you are a brave woman! Thanks for letting me take over your blog for today! Things are about to get noisy up in here!
I have a really weird relationship with music when I write. Sometimes I really need it to power through a chapter. The right music at the right moment can influence the mood of the story. Other times, I find music a frustrating distraction.
What I wasn't expecting, however, was music to inspire me when I wasn't writing. I crank up the iPod when I work out, and often mid-run or mid-lift, I come to a dead stop, completely struck by an idea that was inspired by the music flowing through my earbuds. You have no idea how many workouts this has ruined! I would try really hard not to pack up and go, but when inspiration strikes, sometimes you just have to go with it.
I wanted to share a playlist of songs that influenced Hell's Belle, but in a less concrete and more "mood setting" way.
For example, I love Flogging Molly. And every fight scene I wrote was was paced to their music, even if I wasn't listening to it at the time. Similarly, Incubus struck the right mood for Hell's Belle. Their music reminds me of cold, snow slick roads and grey winter skies. Even Break Your Heart by Taio Cruz inspired certain moments between Max and Nina (and someone else who I won't mention).
It may have been a full scene, a fleeting few lines, or just a small moment captured, but the songs on the following playlist (all saved in my Spotify or Pandora accounts) influenced the story around Nina and company. Hope you enjoy it!
About the book:
Half-vampire, half-human, Nina Martinez spent most of her life underground as part of an elite secret team of government agents who quietly take down rogue monsters -- the human world none the wiser.
She moves back to her hometown of Providence, RI to keep an eye on the recent uptick in supernatural activity, and to help run the bar she co-owns with her aunt. Her attempt at a “regular” life, not to mention a budding relationship with smoking hot FBI agent Max, is cut short because of a string of ritual murders targeting the city's community of witches.
But Nina's investigation unearths deadly secrets from her long buried parents. Now the target of supernatural assassins, could Nina be the most dangerous vampire hybrid to ever exist? No wonder she can’t get a date.
About the Author:
An award-winning playwright, Karen Greco has spent close to twenty years in New York City, working in publicity and marketing for the entertainment industry.
A life-long obsession with exorcists and Dracula drew her to urban fantasy, where she can decapitate characters with impunity. HELL'S BELLE is her first novel.
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