First, I want to thank Shari for having me here on the Delighted Reader! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Melissa Schroeder and I am best known for my best selling erotic contemporary Harmless series. But, this month, I’m releasing the first of my new By Blood series: Desire by Blood.
I have never written vampires, but I wanted to do something different than contemporary vampires. Don’t get me wrong, they are great, but I have a love of all things in the past and that is why I decided to set them in Victorian England. I loved the whole feel of London during that time period. With my degree in history, writing something set in a different time is always a joy for me.
For years though, I had the soundtrack in my head. I know a lot of my Harmless readers know about my love of music. I have written about it before. I grew up in a house where music was appreciated. When I entered high school I learned how to play the flute. The soundtracks actually did not happen at first. When I first really started to get serious about writing romance, we were stationed in Hawaii. We only had a 1200 sq ft house with two kids and two bedrooms. I took over what would have been the dining area and wrote mostly at night. The music started for two reasons. One, my family is LOUD. I mean, when they enjoy something, they are laughing and giggling and well, that was distracting. Secondly, one of the things I liked least about Hawaii was the bugs. Listening to the flying roaches fly into the sliding glass door at night was not conducive to writing. So, I started soundtracks.
I like to immerse myself into the music while I working on the book. So not only do I listen to the music when I work, but also while I drive or do chores around the house. It helps me stay connected to my characters.
I have some songs that will be on a lot of soundtracks. Still, each soundtrack has a few songs that really speak to me while I am writing the book. For Desire by Blood, it was no different. The soundtrack to every book enhances the way I write it.
So, I want to share with you some of the songs I listened to while I wrote it.
This song inspired the book to begin with and really helped me come up with the atmosphere of the book.
A Quiet Mind-Blue October
In the book, you have a hero, Nicodemus Blackburn, who has to hunt down a vampire he thought he had killed before. A lot of his internal monologue was written to this song.
Running Up That Hill-Placebo
Eyes Open-Taylor Swift
Both of these songs I listened during the action scenes and more of what I call the DADUM scenes where they realize it is worse than they think.
The character songs
I also have one or two songs that speak to me of a couple. It isn’t always a love song, but the evolving relationship. Again, Desire by Blood was no different.
Lie to Me– Sara Bareilles
This was really Cordelia’s song. She is thrust into a world she knows very little about and her husband doesn’t truly do a good job of helping her adjust. For a woman who is accustomed to taking care of herself, she feels lost in their world. Always made me think of her being lost, trying to discover more about her husband and more about the vampires.
Safe & Sound-Taylor Swift
This is an oddity for me to include to of Swift’s song. Living in the girl house, I hear Swift songs all the time, so they rarely end up on a soundtrack for a book. But, these two songs from The Hunger Games movie really hit me while I was writing this book.
This really is a couple song. Nico has promised himself never to truly bond with a mate, and Cordelia has been left on her own for so long, they both think they don’t need anyone. When they start falling in love with each other, they realize
I Never Told You-Colbie Caillat
I’d Come for You-Nickelback
These two songs speak so loudly of our hero and heroine. They are desperately in love and too stupid to admit it to each other or even themselves. But, in the moment when it matters, they both would lay their lives on the line for the other.
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