Coastal Magic Convention Featured Author Spotlight: Words & Music Monday with K C Burn
Today’s Words & Music Monday post is for book that is a little outside of my general reading preference. K C Burn writes The Galactic Alliance series, and in May released book three, VOODOO ‘N’ VICE. I’ve just started the series, have finished book one, SPICE & SOLICE. They’re sci-fi, m/m, and a lot of crazy fun. Big thanks to K C, who is just coming out of deadline hell, for sharing her musical thoughts for VOODOO ‘N’ VICE.
I know a lot of authors make playlists for specific stories, ones that make them think of the characters or plot. I generally don’t do this. Mostly because my musical tastes are extremely narrow. There are three types of music I listen to – punk, industrial, and 80s alternative. That’s pretty much it. Occasionally some 90s grunge, but I never listen to the radio, so many songs that most people are familiar with… I have no clue.
Additionally, when I’m writing I have a hard time keeping my butt in the chair. I get easily distracted, so I use music to keep me planted in the chair. And finally, not all my characters are punk-loving, guyliner wearing dudes. Sure, some of them are, but more often than not, my music isn’t going to reflect or resonate with the characters I’m writing.
With Voodoo ‘n’ Vice, the third in my Galactic Alliance series, I had a slightly different experience. The whole series is set on Elora Ki, a planet at the edge of Galactic Alliance territory. Because the planet is so far from the center of the human alliance, there tends to be a little more lawlessness and moral flexibility. The setting in my head is a cross between Blade Runner and Firefly. It may not come across quite that dark in execution, but that’s sort of what’s in my mind. And, of course, there’s a bit of alien boinking – can’t forget that!
Because of that, there are actually a number of songs in my music library that put me in the right frame of mind to write Voodoo ‘n’ Vice. For instance, Evolution by Korn has a great sci-fi vibe and it’s dark. The Bog by Bigod 20 and Headhunter by Front 242 have a more horror/supernatural feel to them, but they’re both dark, with (in my opinion) singers who sound so sexy, I could listen to them forever. Dark, sexy, and just a little bit scary. Perfect for Elora Ki.
I’ve included links to videos on YouTube for The Bog and Headhunter, if anyone is interested. I have NO idea what the videos are supposed to represent – the imagery isn’t really anything I associate with the songs themselves.
Voodoo ‘n’ Vice is the third book in my Galactic Alliance series with Carina Press, but it can be read on its own.
After nearly causing a galactic incident, fleet captain Gideon Arcturus is disgraced, demoted and exiled with nothing to do but pass the time at a seedy club on seedier planet Elora Ki. It’s no place for a straight-laced soldier, but following the rules is what got him there in the first place. When he meets a mesmerizing fire dancer, he’d do anything to get close to the flame. Tai doesn’t date customers—it’s far too dangerous for a man who was once for sale. But the shy, awkward Gideon entices him, and the two spend Gideon’s leave tangled together, neither knowing the passion that stirs within them won’t soon subside. When a violent drug lord forces Tai back into slavery, Tai has no choice but to give up his new love. But when Gideon learns that Tai’s fate lies with those who brought about his own ruin, he’ll need to revisit his own difficult past in order to save them both.
KC Burn has been writing for as long as she can remember and is a sucker for happy endings (of all kinds). She edits web content by day and neglects her supportive hubby and needy cat at night to write stories about men loving men in the past, present, and future.
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