When I was younger, I wanted to be either a writer or a musician. I took the middle, secure, path and an office job. For years, I wrote contracts and estate plans, and I listened to music instead of playing it.
Now that I write fiction, music inspires my scene choice, the emotions I try to get on the page. Every story has its own soundtrack – digital mixtapes to the objects of my affection.
In HARD SILENCE, Abby Quinn and Jeff Crandall deal with devils and demons to find a home with each other worth waiting for. The songs I’ve picked for them show that struggle.
Come With Me Now is everywhere at the moment. The beat is fun and infectious, but “I tried to sell my soul last night” – it’s about walking with the devil, which Abby feels likes she’s done her whole life.
Home has a country twang that reminds me Jeff. “Girl I’ve never loved one like you.”
Yes, I know A Thousand Years is from Twilight, but The Piano Guys’ version makes it the perfect song for Jeff and Abby’s first dance.
Winter Song has quickly become my theme song for Hard Silence – “We’re just prayin’ that we’re doing this right.” It fits almost every scene. Little Talks – “it’s killing me to see you this way” – is a close second.
From the frenetic banjo to the fervent promise, I Will Wait is Jeff’s song for Abby.
No one can listen to Lenny Kravitz and not think of sex (and now ice cream and hot sauce).
Another well-known song with a new twist, Stay With Me is a beautiful duet. Can anyone else hear the irony in, “This ain’t love, it’s clear to see”?
Fight Song and Dirty Paws are all about going to war, struggling to win a better life. They reflect Abby coming into her own the hard way, which is the only way she’d want to do it.
From the moment I heard Honey, I’m Good, it was the inspiration for Jeff’s character arc. “I’ve got somebody at home.”
And, finally, Blackbird. Abby’s father’s favorite song and so perfect for her – singing in the dark and waiting for her moment.
There you have it, my musical mood for Hard Silence. After you’ve read it, drop me a note and tell me which songs you heard. I’m always looking for new inspiration.
FBI profiler Jeff Crandall returned to Fiddler, Idaho, to work on new Bureau protocols in peace…and because he hasn’t been able to stop thinking about Abby Quinn. Kind, beautiful and quietly sexy, the petite rancher next door is loved by the entire town but keeps fiercely to herself. She’s a mystery that doesn’t want to be solved, though he’s desperate to try.
Whether that interest is professional or personal is a question he’ll sort out later.
Abby knows sharing her secrets would bring death and destruction to Fiddler. She survived her childhood, barely, but a long list of stepfathers weren’t nearly so lucky: their bodies are buried across the country, waiting to be discovered. The best protection is silence, anonymity and isolation, though the handsome agent next door seems hell-bent on destroying all three.
And he just keeps kissing her…
When Jeff is called in to investigate an interstate serial killer case spanning two decades, Abby knows it’s only a matter of time before he connects the dots, sees her for who she really is and walks away. But it’s when he’s standing in the crosshairs of Abby’s past that Jeff faces his biggest challenge yet: how to give the woman he loves the life she doesn’t believe she deserves.
Book two of Agents Undercover
This book is approximately 90,000 words
Mia Kay spent years writing legal documents and keeping people out of trouble. Now she spends her days looking for ways to get her characters into trouble. She lives in Arkansas with her husband, who doesn’t mind discussing (and sometimes causing) mayhem over breakfast.