It's worth noting that I do not listen to the same songs for every novel project. I do have some general favorites, but some songs call to me when I'm working on a specific story. While I wrote the Cassie Scot series, I was most likely to listen to:
1. “Witchy Woman” by the Eagles – In fact, I often got into the mood by listening to this song. I sort of see this as Cassie's theme song. She's not a witch, but she wants to be, and to me this song just sort of reminded me of her deepest desires.
2. “You Don't Own Me” (mostly the Bette Middler version, but sometimes the Lesley Gore one) – This song actually gets named in the third book, when I was particularly likely to listen to it.
3. “The Greatest Love of All” by Whitney Houston – This song is highly thematic.
4. “Holding Out for a Hero” by Bonnie Tyler – This is Evan's theme song. I love this one, it's one of those songs that makes me stop working for a few minutes while I belt out the lyrics into a pretend microphone and dance around the room. (Er, when no one is home. :) )
5. “I Can't Stand to Fly” by Five for Fighting – This one also made me think of Evan a bit. But mostly, I'm just in love with the idea of Superman, dark hero or man of steel.
6. “The Gambler” by Kenny Rogers – This is an all-time favorite that appears on most of my lists. It's just so... true!
7. “Fame” by Irene Cara – This is my own conceit and secret fantasy. It also appears on a lot of song lists. :)
8. “Live Like You're Dying” by Tim McGraw – I'm not sure what drew me to this song so much while I worked on Cassie, but maybe it's just so bittersweet and makes me think that in some ways, this is what it takes to be the heroine of your own story.
9. “Desperado” by the Eagles – Yes, another Eagles song. This one was most applicable in Secrets and Lies, the second of the four books (and the one I'm promoting now). “Let somebody love you...” Cassie's young and hurt during this book, and she really could use this advice.
10. “Go Diego Go!” (theme song) – And finally, it is worth noting that I have two young children who were, during the years when I wrote this series, very much into preschool TV shows. Sometimes the only way I could find an hour to write was to let them watch while I worked, and instead of turning on my own music I'd listen to the theme song to whatever show they were watching. Other songs I couldn't get out of my head while writing this series include “What's going to work? Teamwork!” (Wonderpets) and “Are you curious?” (Curious George). My kid are getting older now, so I don't have to hear these as often. At the moment the song I can't get out of my head is, “Transformers! More than meets the eye! Transformers! Robots in disguise!”
Secrets and Lies
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Twilight Times Books
Number of pages: 274
Word Count: 85k
Cover Artist: Ural Akyutz
Cassie Scot, still stinging from her parents' betrayal, wants out of the magical world. But it isn't letting her go. Her family is falling apart and despite everything, it looks like she may be the only one who can save them.
To complicate matters, Cassie owes Evan her life, making it difficult for her to deny him anything he really wants. And he wants her. Sparks fly when they team up to find two teenagers missing from a summer camp, but long-buried secrets may ruin their hopes for happiness. Book 2 in the Cassie Scot series.
About the Author:
Christine Amsden has been writing fantasy and science fiction for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and relationships, and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.
At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, a condition that effects the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams.
In addition to writing, Christine teaches workshops on writing at Savvy Authors. She also does some freelance editing work.
Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. They have two beautiful children.
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