A Novel Soundtrack



I have really enjoyed the process with developing Viper’s Kiss. It all started with a dare from my husband . He was travelling to Seattle and Las Vegas for conferences, and if I could find dirt cheap airfares, I could come, too. Ha! Should have seen his face when I showed him the tickets. Should have seen his face when I got upgraded and he didn’t!

But while DH was busy with conferences, I was exploring Seattle surrounds with two fabulous guides – Shelli Stevens and Judy Wiebe. Imagine my surprise to discover these wonderful ladies could also write great stories! (Shelli’s book, Negligee Behaviour, can also be found at Carina Press: https://tiny.cc/q35s5). I spent some time at Odegaard Library at University of the Washington, and the characters of Viper’s Kiss were born.

I’ve since been asked – where do I get my ideas? To which I usually make a pyramid with my fingers and laugh with a Machiavellian sneer (that’s not as easy as it sounds, by the way!) A lot of the times, the scenes play out in my head like a movie, then I have to race and write it down. But I do find that music can feed my muse. I’ll think about the tone of the scene that I want to achieve, and then I’ll set the scene around me to help me to write it – and this usually involves music. Nice, romantic Mozart for a dinner date, or some rock guitar with a heavy bass for an action scene. I will spend hours scanning iTunes for just the right piece, and add it to my playlist. Unfortunately the playlists don’t play during edits. They require a little more concentration – for those times when you’ve written something like: “Maybe he would kill her – or worse…” only to have your editor ask very politely whether possibly death could be the worst.

Anyhoo, I’ve discovered that music can help my writing, and I thought I would share with you the playlist for Viper’s Kiss:

1) Theme from Mission Impossible

2) Don’t Cha, by Pussycat Dolls

3) Does Your Mother Know, by Abba

4) Mistaken Identity, by Delta Goodrem

5) A Little Less Conversation, by Elvis vs JXL

6) Vertigo, by U2

7) Buttons, by Pussycat Dolls

8) Cream, by Prince

9) Master Assassin, by Jesper Kyd

10) I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, by Bon Jovi

11) (You’re  the) Devil in Disguise (Elvis Presley)

12) Run To You, Bryan Adams

13) Flight over Venice 2, by Jesper Kyd

14) I’m Gonna Getcha Good, by Shania Twain

15) Theme from MacGyver, originally created by Randy Edelman, performed by Charles Fernandez

16) Beverly Hills Cop (Axel F.), by Starlight Orchestra

I’m giving away a copy of Viper’s Kiss: Tell me – what are your favourite songs to ‘do’ something to? Whether it’s doing the vacuuming to getting your mojo on, what is on YOUR playlist? I’ll randomly select from the posts and announce the winner on 5th August through the comments!

Viper’s Kiss by Shannon Curtis
Librarian Maggie Kincaid yearns for excitement—but being accused of espionage is not what she had in mind. Wanted by the police, the FBI and the criminal element, Maggie goes on the run—and runs straight into sexy Luke Fletcher. Unfortunately, when Luke pulls out the handcuffs, it’s not because he has something kinky in mind…

Security expert Luke is intent on seeing the murderous spy known only as Viper brought to justice. The un-spy-like behavior of his fugitive makes him suspect he’s apprehended the wrong woman. Just as they give in to lust, new evidence convinces Luke that Maggie’s not as innocent as she claims to be.

Devastated by Luke’s inability to trust her, Maggie runs again. She’s determined to clear her name, and if that means tracking down a notorious spy even Interpol can’t, then that’s just what she’ll do…

Shannon Curtis has worked as a switchboard operator, dangerous goods handler, logistics centre supervisor and real estate administration manager, and now writes copy and content by day, romantic suspense by night…

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19 thoughts on “A Novel Soundtrack”

  1. lynn says:

    Tina Turner nd Il Divo help me rock through housework!

  2. Kathy Ivan says:

    I’ll confess–I’m one of those writers who needs total quiet around me when I writing. No music, no other noise or distractions, just the scene in my head and my keyboard. Always have music on in the car, though, when I’m driving. Silence there drives me crazy. I’m a country western girl most of the time but put on Josh Groban and I’ll just melt. Something about his voice . . . :-)

  3. Josh Groban, huh? His version of Ave Maria is divine…

  4. Vanessa says:

    I was listening to Dont Cha by the Pussycat Dolls on the radio this morning as I drove into work. Put me in a good mood. For reading or writing there’s nothing like the soundtrack from “Ladies in Lavender”. I love violin music. For cleaning around the house there’s nothing like some 70 and 80s funk— The Gap Band and Cameo. For lovemaking **wink, wink**- who can beat Luther Vandros or Barry White. All the best with Viper’s Kiss.

  5. Vanessa says:

    By the way— love the hot cover on “VK” :-)

  6. Thanks so much, Vanessa!
    One of my faves for housework is Lenny Kravitz’s “Are you gonna go my way” – and anything P!nk!

  7. I like to cook to THE THE’s Soul Mining CD. Housework is ABBA and Tom Jones LOL. Viper’s Kiss sounds intriguing :)

  8. Thanks, Toni!
    Believe it or not, I once attended a Tom Jones concert – and still have the ‘Sexbomb’ t-shirt!

  9. Janni Nell says:

    My favourite song at the moment is Adam Lambert’s ‘Soaked’. Sooo beautiful.
    All the best with Viper’s Kiss.

  10. Karen C says:

    An all time favorite for housework is Old Time Rock & Roll by Bob Seger. My new favorite song for just about anything would be Rolling in the Deep by Adele.

    Great cover and blurb; already added to the TBR list!

  11. Thanks so much, Janni and Karen! Will have to check out Soaked, and I agree, Bob Seger is a good ‘activity’ song! I also like Copperhead Road, by Steve Earl!

  12. Coleen Kwan says:

    When I want a good cry, Bach’s Air on G String always works. Sooo sad.

    Congrats on the new release!

  13. I LOVE the idea of writing with music but have never actually managed to carry it off. Maybe cos I am so out of date with music due to my kids only ever letting anyone listen to theirs!! OR maybe it’s cos when I write I like peace cos I never get it usually :)

    LOL on being killed not being the worst. Bought your book yesterday and can’t wait to read it!

  14. Hi Shannon,

    Congrats on the release of Viper’s Kiss! I just have one question for you: how can you write to music by the Pussycat Dolls? I have have to get up and dance when I hear Buttons!

    My own playlist depends on what I’m writing. When I was writing my SFR, (to be released by Carina in December), I listened to the Commitments. Irish Motown really fit the mood of my story, even though it takes place in another galaxy.

  15. Abby Niles says:

    I love to write to music when I don’t need to keep my ears open for mischievous children, lol. I tend to write mostly to county. But I’ll throw on some Pink or some 80’s hair bands if I need some extra spunk in the scene:)

  16. I love listening to music as it can drown out other, um, distractions! Commitments are definitely on in my music library, I’ve nearly worn it out!
    And country – you know, that’s just a wealth of emotion, right there! My faves are: Troy Cassar-Daley, The McClymonts, Dixie Chicks, Reba, Bonnie, Garth – oh, wow, didn’t realise I could go on that much! Sneaky country!

  17. Ju Dimello says:

    Ah, I admire anyone who can listen to songs.. My sister scolds that I am musically deaf… Maybe she’s right..maybe not ;) I do enjoy music.. rarely !

    I have listened to Enigma for some inspiration when I’m low… or sometimes, when I’m feeling sad, I listen to songs like Sting-Desert rose (and of course, sing the lyrics along) !!!

    And rest of the times, I happily pick a book and forget the world ;) As a matter of fact, while reading.. i kinda go deaf ;) :grin: Congrats on the release!

  18. Thanks, Ju! You have some fantastic music selections, there! Double thumbs up!

  19. Hi Everyone!
    This took a while for me to decide, but I have to say, I couldn’t go past Vanessa’s selections of Barry White and Luther Vandros for getting your groove on. With back up choices for the housework!
    Congratulations, Vanessa! You’ve won a copy of Viper’s Kiss. I will send it through shortly.
    Thank you to everyone who left a comment, I really enjoyed the conversation.
    Take care!

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