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Blog Tour: GRIMM CONSEQUENCES by Kate SeRine

Posted April 7, 2014 By Jennifer

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Kate SeRineNate Grimm’s Musical Evolution

 

Nate Grimm came over in the forties and had been so enamored with the post-WWII era he’d never really left it. Let’s just say if he’d suddenly faded to black and white and started doing his own voice-over narration in that world-weary raspy voice of his, I wouldn’t have been entirely surprised. –from RED (Transplanted Tales #1)

 

When I wrote the description of Nate Grimm in RED, I immediately heard the music of the thirties and forties playing in the background—jazzy swing music or maybe the slow, sultry music so popular in the film noir detective movies of that time period. And I loved it! Having always been a huge fan of this era of music, I quickly added several of my favorites to my writing soundtrack, including the following:

 

Sing, Sing, Sing by Benny Goodman

Moonlight Serenade by Glenn Miller

At Last by Etta James

There, I’ve Said It Again by Vaughn Monroe

The Very Thought of You by Billie Holiday

 

And this music was exactly what I needed to get a feel for Nate’s character and to set the tone for the scenes between him and Tess “Red” Little.

So, it would naturally follow that when I began writing GRIMM CONSEQUENCES, the novella sequel to RED, that I’d use the same music, right? That’s what I thought anyway. The problem was, it just wasn’t working for me this time around and I couldn’t figure out why.

 

Finally, one day, after struggling to write the first big action scene in the novel, it finally hit me: The music worked for Nate in RED because that story was told from Tess’s POV, and she saw Nate as this dashing, sexy, detective who could’ve given Humphrey Bogart a run for his money. But that’s not how Nate saw himself. So now that I was writing from Nate’s POV, I had to approach his character in a whole different way.

 

Nate has a far darker past than even Tess realizes, one that haunts him and brings on a certain amount of self-loathing and determination to become a better man. For Tess. But in order to be a man worthy of Tess’s love, he has to come to terms with that darker side, embrace it, and overcome it.

 

When I made this connection, I began to hear an entirely new soundtrack, one that was ominous and harsh and totally kickass. And it was exactly what I needed to set the tone for Nate’s battle against the sinister forces he would face to protect the woman he loves. Here are just a few of those songs:

 

Demons by Imagine Dragons

My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark by Fallout Boy

Monster by Skillet

Bitter End by Veer Union

Burn and Kick in the Teeth by Papa Roach

High Road by Three Days Grace

 

Now, that’s not to say that some of the Big Band music didn’t sneak in… After all, for all his angst, Nate still has some serious

swagger. 😉

 

You reap what you sow…Grimm Consequences (eBook)

 

Saying Nate Grimm has a dark past is an understatement. Fortunately, no one’s bothered to look too closely at the Fairytale Management Authority’s lead detective and part-time Reaper. And that’s the way Nate wants to keep it. For after centuries of torment and loneliness, he’s finally found happiness with the hot and hard-charging love of his life, Tess “Red” Little.

 

Of course, his love for Tess is the reason there’s a posse of Reaper judges after him, led by a sadistic bastard acquainted with Nate from once upon a time. Now, Tess will pay the price for Nate’s transgressions unless Nate severs his ties to the transplanted Tales–and Tess–forever. His enemy has the advantage in speed, malice and brutality. But the Reapers have underestimated the depth of Nate’s love and devotion. And the fury of his wrath. . . .

 

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