MY MUSICAL MUSE by Victoria Vane

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my muse

I often envy writers who can tote their laptop around and pick up a story on a lunch break or even at a traffic light.

 I’m not one of those.

I also envy writers who can knock out 5,000- 10,000 words in a day.
I’m not one of those either.

What I AM is a slave to my highly fickle “muse.”

I need quiet. I need solitude. I don’t handle distractions very well. (Please don’t barge in on me unexpectedly on pain of…well maybe not death… but certainly something close!)

My muse also has to be fed a certain diet. And that diet is musical (although caffeine and chocolate also serve as supplements).

If I were an actor, rather than a novelist, I suppose I might fall into the “method” school. Just as many actors immerse themselves completely in a role for the duration of a project, I immerse myself in music. I never write without it. I don’t know if I could.

Every book I have ever written has its own soundtrack. In my historical projects classical music helped me to forge a direct connection with my characters. It fascinates me to think I can listen to the very same compositions that my hero or heroine would have heard almost three hundred years ago.

Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto in D Minor will always be the  “theme song” for my debut historical novel THE HIGHEST STAKES. It’s also been my ring tone since it was first published in April 2010.

I have also come to correlate certain music with specific characters or events. Although my Devil DeVere series is set during the baroque musical period,  I will always associate the heavy metal sounds of AC/DC  with the character of DeVere!

I developed a true appreciation for Middle Eastern Music, especially the Oud, while writing The Sheik Retold. I used one of my favorite pieces in the book trailer:

Two of my upcoming heroines were greatly influenced by the “rough around the edges” bad girl music of Miranda Lambert.

My musical choices also frequently have a strong thematic connection to the story. Sometimes it’s the tone of the music that appeals to my creative brain or maybe particularly poignant lyrics.

This is especially true of my contemporary stories in which I feature many songs within the books. My heroine in SLOW HAND selects Carrie Underwood’s Cowboy Casanova  on a tabletop jukebox as a way of taunting the smooth talking hero.

To encourage my muse, I have even created different Pandora stations for every project. Country music features heavily in the first two books of my upcoming series for Sourcebooks. While the early work of the Dixie Chicks and the rodeo music of Chris LeDoux help to set the stage for ROUGH RIDER,  the edgier sounds of Nickelback set the perfect tone for the third book, SHARPSHOOTER.

The cool thing about this approach to writing is that I have not only spread my literary wings, but have also expanded my musical tastes along my journey.

How many of you have been taken back to a precise moment in our lives just by hearing certain music? Is there a particular song that will always stand out in your memory?


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Romance Novelist

VICTORIA VANE is an award-winning author of smart and sexy romance with works ranging from wild comedic romps to emotionally compelling erotic romance. Her books have received more than twenty awards and nominations to include the 2014 RONE Award for Treacherous Temptations and Library Journal Best E-Book romance of 2012 for The Devil DeVere series. She lives the beautiful upstate of South Carolina with her husband, two sons, a little black dog, and an Arabian horse.

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  1. Sandra Owens

    You got my attention for sure, Victoria. 🙂 I think I might be in love with your muse. It’s very true that a certain song will trigger memories, and I love that they do. The Sheik Retold trailer is great!

    • Victoria Vane

      I love this guy too, Sandra and best of all he speaks Italian! LOL!
      Music has always been my inspiration. I could not write without it.

  2. Glenda

    So many songs, so many points in my life. One in particular is Bonnie Raitt’s Something To Talk About. It had just come out when I met my husband. Everyone we worked with thought there was something going on between us long before we acted on our attraction to each other. 😀

    • Victoria Vane

      Hi Glenda! Thanks so much for sharing that! Isn’t that cool how music is so often associated with events in our lives. It’s also why I try to incorporate it (in small pieces) into my stories as everyone can relate.

  3. Violetta Rand

    No fair using eye candy to capture my attention! I totally feel your process, Victoria. We’re all different. Using music as inspiration to write is perfect. I love hard core rock the most, but my tastes vary given the occasion.

    • Victoria Vane

      My taste vary as well i.e. Baroque one day and Country the next depending on what I’m writing. It’s wild how my choice of music changes with every single story!

  4. Maggi Andersen

    I agree, Vicki, good music certainly helps put me in the right mood for writing. At the moment I’m in love with Milos Karadaglic the Latino guitarist, especially when he plays Libertango. Sigh. A bit of eye candy right there.

  5. Christy English

    How fun is this? I never pay attention to noise around me when I’m writing, music included so this is a very interesting post to me. I love that music inspires you…maybe I should try it 🙂

    • Victoria Vane

      I always use music to set the “mood”. My creative mind always responds to it but it has to be the “right” music for the story or I have to shut it off. That’s why I love Pandora radio. Once I’m in the “zone” I don’t really hear it anymore but I still have a very hard time writing without it.

  6. ginaconkle2013

    Whoa, I think my cornea swooned on that one! Is he real? LOL! I wished I would’ve checked the blog earlier in the day. I shared your blog on my Google+ too. Okay, now that my temperature’s cooled down some…music. We were talking about music… My muse is genre specific. For Vikings I like Game of Thrones soundtrack and Loreena McKennit. Really, I like Loreena for just about anything. For the Georgian’s I have ambience music. To jump start me, I really like Fits and the Tantrums song “Moneygrabber. I wrote a super hot novella a while back and my agent was talking recently about developing a contemporary series based on that novella and “Moneygrabber” has given me some inspiration. GREAT, GREAT post, Vicki!

    Happy writing to you!

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