Words & Music Monday with K-Lee Klein
It’s that time, again, my lovelies. Today’s guest is someone I came to know about BECAUSE of her musical taste, even before I was aware of her writing!! Anyone who knows me personally, knows that I’m a HUGE 30 Seconds To Mars fan. K-Lee Klein first caught my attention on twitter by mentioning something about the band, so I had to check her out. Turns out her cool factor doesn’t end with her musical taste, as she’s got quite a bit of fantastic storytelling to share. Check out the info after K-Lee’s post to see how you can win a copy of LUCIUS’ BITE!!
Music has always been an important part of my life and never more so when than when I’m writing. I’m not someone who can have silence in the room when characters are pushing each other around in my head demanding to get their turns. Maybe music distracts them or distracts me from them, but however it works “the voices” always seem to have their favorite songs.
I was a rock and roll groupie long before I became a writer and gay romance enthusiast. From tagging along on a bar-circuit, Western Canada tour with a gloriously 80’s, beautifully coiffed band called Lion during college, to following a little band called Thirty Seconds to Mars across Canada and the US in 2010 (13 gigs, baby – & I managed to do a little Seether stalking at the same time), the music I love has always become an obsession for me. And I believe more than just listening when I write, each character also ends up with a go-to song of their own or knowing the pushiness of my muse, they decide on one for themselves. Whether that song defines them or is just something they enjoy while they wait their turn to torment me is another matter entirely.
Lucius’ Bite is a perfect example of a book where the characters each had their own personal styles in terms of music and song preferences. Please let me introduce to you my Family of Misfits through the music they love.
As one of the MCs of the book that’s named for him, Lucius has always struggled with who he thought he should be and who he wanted to be. “The Kill” by Thirty Seconds to Mars is a perfect song for him because of the internal battle he fights to define or undefine the boundaries he holds for himself; loner or lone wolf if you will. The lyrics couldn’t be more perfect, right down to viewing the world through the eyes of his wolf. “…look in my eyes…this is who I really am…” Lucius is also partial to Seether’s “Fake It” because he tried so hard to do just that when he met and fell in love with Nicu.
Nicu is ever the optimist and hopeless romantic. He was sheltered by his grandmother for most of his life and didn’t discover his true musical identity until a year or so before he went on his journey to find Lucius. He was partial to 80’s ballads even before he met his spirit mate; Extreme – “More Than Words“, Journey – Don’t Stop Believing“, and “Something to Believe In” by Poison define Nicu’s sweet soul. He never so much screamed for attention or for his turn when I was writing Lucius’ Bite, but rather had me swaying with a lit lighter in my hand whenever he was up to bat.
Ali cannot be defined by any one genre of music and his tastes can be completely schizophrenic (much like my own). From Christmas (Solstice) songs and “Give It Away” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers to the sweet voice of Johnny Rzeznik & the Goo Goo Dolls in “Iris“, he is always a surprise in his choices and ways of getting my attention.
Emmanuel Evans – mountain lion shifter
Manny is a sweet but tormented soul. He leans toward emo-rock/alternative songs like My Chemical Romance’s “I Don’t Love You“, 30STM’s “Attack” (because his lion identifies with it) and “Broken” by Seether for obvious reasons. Manny really only wants to find his one true love and his favorite songs reflect his hopes and dreams.
Kristof Constellano – Kermode bear shifter
Kristof is a big, happy-go-lucky mountain of a young shifter and though he hasn’t had his turn in really defining himself or his story yet, I’m pretty sure he’s country through and through. I’m not much for country myself except my current obsession with Christian Kane but I know for a fact Kristof is a fan, as well. “Just Drinkin’ To Drink” is one of his favorites, though only for the premise and the catchy lyrics and tune, not the drinking itself because Mama-Ali would not approve. He loves “Small Town” by John Mellencamp and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama“.
Secret faves – Kristof is an open book with the inability to hide anything from those he loves.
Kalo was introduced during a very small moment in the last scene of Lucius’ Bite. He’s still a mystery but I can tell you his tastes are harder and louder than the rest of the Misfits. “Enter Sandman” by Metallica, “Prayer of the Refugee” by Rise Against and Bullet for My Valentine’s “Tears Don’t Fall” are Kalo’s cup of tea.
All these characters and their musical tastes will be back in the sequel to Lucius’ Bite that I hope to have out by the fall. It’s Ali’s book so I’m sure my white witch will take me on an interesting ride. Music will have a big role in my Family of Misfits second book, as well, so stay tuned.
So as you can see, music is a huge part of who I am as a writer and who I am as a person. It’s gotten me through harsh times of stress or sadness, as well as just letting me express myself in the comfort of my home as I dance around my living room singing at the top of my lungs.
Music has brought me together with new and old friends, it’s secured bonds with my kids and tempted my muse to come out of his cave to provide a little inspiration. Music is everywhere and in everyone, and I’m very happy that’s the case.
*****ABOUT K-LEE K-Lee Klein has lived in one part of Western Canada or another for her entire life. She’s a doting mother of three now-grown kids and has had characters and plots running around her head for as long as she can remember. Though she’s very new when it comes to throwing her original fiction out into the web universe, she hopes to substitute her passion for writing beautiful, emotional men for her previous jobs as a hockey manager/coach, school band volunteer and overall chauffeur. She lives with an overly-patient husband who totally does not get her thing for gay men, two spoiled but wonderful sons (who don’t get it either), two also spoiled but beautiful cats, many phone calls with her daughter who has already left the nest, and an abundance of fabulous gay men, large and small, bouncing off the walls of her skull, competing for their turns to tell their stories.
- Website – www.kleeklein.com
- MLR Press – http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowAuthorBooks.php?list=_ABKLIST101&author=K-lee!Klein
- Less Than Three Press – http://www.lessthanthreepress.com/author-k-lee-klein/
- Blog – Chaos in the Moonlight – http://chaosinthemoonlight.blogspot.ca
** So… we’ve got an awesome mix of characters and tastes going on here!! Thanks so much to K-Lee Klein for sharing!!! Now I have a question for all of YOU! Which of these characters’ musical tastes do you most relate to? Let me know which of them you’d like to go concert hopping with in the comments below, and one of you will win an ecopy of LUCIUS’ BITE! Contest open until Sunday, March 10th, at midnight pacific. I can’t wait to see who you all choose!!! Good Luck, everyone!!**