Words & Music Monday with Kate SeRine
Good Monday, my lovelies!! I was toodling around the internet a few weeks ago, and came across a really incredible looking book. A quick GoodReads search and I found it was in a series of recreated, modernized fairytales. OOOOHHHHH. How I love recreated fairytales!!! Of course, I then had to find the author and beg her to come say hi 🙂 So, joining us today is Kate SeRine, author of the Transplanted Tales series (RED, and THE BETTER TO SEE YOU).
My Musical Muses
Music is an integral part of my writing process. In fact, I can’t really dig into writing a new project until I’ve nailed down a playlist that sets the tone for the novel. My playlists will often evolve over time as the characters themselves evolve and as different scenes take form, but the overall tone of the story is certainly reflected in the music I’m listening to as I write. And if the lyrics also happen to capture the essence of the story or characters? Even better!
With my Transplanted Tales series, each of the books definitely has its own personality and unique playlist. For those of you not familiar with my series, here’s a quick overview:
Around two hundred years ago, a magical duel between Lavender Seelie (Cinderella’s fairy godmother) and Aladdin’s genie went awry, transplanting hundreds of characters from the world of Make Believe into the human world of the Here and Now. Suddenly granted the freedom to write their own stories and choose their own destinies, some of the Tales have made the most of their circumstances, but others have had a tough time adjusting. The Fairytale Management Authority (FMA) is the law enforcement bureau that attempts to keep everyone in line.
Now for a look at some of the songs that played a key role in setting the tone for the first three Transplanted Tales novels:
RED (Transplanted Tales #1) Tess “Red” Little (aka Little Red Riding Hood) is a kick-ass Enforcer for the FMA who has spent the past two centuries trying to shake her past, particularly her scandalous love affair with Seth “Big Bad” Wolf. Red’s all about living life on the edge and not getting too close to anyone, but when she’s assigned to investigate a series of grisly murders, Red’s emotional duck and cover routine is put to the test by her new partner, Nate Grimm—the FMA’s lead detective and part-time Reaper.
- Tess “Red” Little’s theme song: “Red” by Combichrist
- Nate Grimm’s theme song: “Sing Sing Sing” by Benny Goodman (and lots of other Big Band music! Nate is very much a throw-back to the 1940s detective movies/books.)
- Love theme: “There I’ve Said It Again” by Vaughn Monroe
- Action/suspense scenes: “Bleed For Us All” by Suicide Commando; “Coming Undone” by Korn.
THE BETTER TO SEE YOU (Transplanted Tales #2) After hitting rock bottom in RED, Lavender Seelie tries to start over by moving to The Refuge, a sanctuary for wayward Tales, and is surprised to find an ally in Seth Wolf, the brooding werewolf who’s been typecast as a villain ever since his run in with Little Red Riding Hood. When humans from nearby towns start turning up dead, their bodies mutilated with archaic Tale symbols, Lavender finds herself in a whole new kind of trouble.
- Lavender Seelie’s theme song: “I Know What I Am” by Band of Skulls
- Seth Wolf’s theme song(s): “Howlin’ For You” and “Lonely Boy” by The Black Keys
- Love theme(s): “Dream” by Priscilla Ahn; “A Celtic Dream” by Michele McLaughlin
- Action/suspense scenes: “Grace” and “Last Hope” by Apocalyptica
ALONG CAME A SPIDER (Transplanted Tales #3 – coming August 2013) When Trish Muffet is attacked at a grisly crime scene, the last person she expects to come to her rescue is Nicky “Little Boy” Blue. But since walking away from everything two years before, Nicky’s been doling out vigilante justice as “The Spider,” taking on the vicious predators of the night in hopes it’ll lead him to his ultimate target – Vlad Dracula. And he needs Trish’s help.
- Trish’s theme song(s): “Ain’t No Easy Way Out” by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club; “My Heroine” by The Maine
- Nicky’s theme song: “The Devil Takes Care of His Own” by Band of Skulls
- Love theme(s): “Make This Go On Forever” and “Set The Fire To The Third Bar” by Snow Patrol
- Action/suspense scenes: “Blood” by Band of Skulls; “Cold” by Evans Blue; “War of Change” by Thousand Foot Krutch
Thanks so much to Jennifer for letting me drop by and chat about my novels and give you all a glimpse at a few of my musical muses!
Putting this piece together, I heard a LOT of new music that I’ll be adding to my “musical TBP pile”!! I hope you find a few new songs/bands to check out. There’s a full playlist for each of the books on Kate’s website, here. And be sure to check out the crazycool Transplanted Tales series!!