Hello, BiB, and thank you so much for having me!
My paranormal novella Devil at the Crossroads was just released by Riptide Publishing, and I’m glad to have the chance to chat a little about how this story was born. And, at the end of the post, there’s also a juicy giveaway for all lovely readers...!
I will be making a few stops over the next few days – you can keep track of the blog tour here :)!
Check out the GIVEAWAY info at the bottom of this blog post!
The Sound of Music
I absolutely cannot work in silence.
I don’t know why, but I never could. Even as a kid, I always had trouble focusing on just one thing, and always needed a second something in the background to keep me focused. For instance, I used to keep the television on, albeit very low, as I read my comic books; conversely, I used to leaf through the comic books or play tetris as I watched something on the telly. Even nowadays, I can’t sit still and focus on the television – I need to knit, or potter around the room tidying up, or aimlessly surf the web on my phone.
My trick for focusing on studying, instead, was – and still is! – playing a DVD on repeat for hours on end. Not ‘normal’ television – I get irked by all the loud commercials, and get distracted by all the different programs – but a movie that I’ve already seen many times and that I know by heart. That way, I don’t need to focus on what’s going on on the screen – I know it already – but I have a familiar buzz going on in the background that somehow helps to keep me focused. Without it, I just drift off and start thinking about anything and everything except the task at hand.
As for writing, instead, I love a musical soundtrack – but again, I pick a few familiar tunes and repeat them on a loop, accurately choosing one for each scene, according to the atmosphere I have in mind. This accomplishes a few things. I don’t get distracted by the changing songs; my atmosphere doesn’t get ruined by a song that doesn’t match; and the repetition of that one familiar tune helps me focus. But most importantly... one of the great banes of a writer’s existence is having to stop writing in the middle of a promising scene because of time constraints (time is a tyrant, as we say in Italian!), and having to pick up the next day with the risk of losing track of what was going on.
Putting on my headphones and starting the loop again helps me dive right back in the frame of mind connected to that particular scene. The music reminds me of what I was thinking and how I was feeling as I worked on it, and it makes it a lot easier to keep a consistent tone throughout the scene instead of switching according to the day’s mood.
So, what were the songs that influenced me while writing Devil at the Crossroads?
One of them was Born Under a Bad Sign by Jimi Hendrix . He is one of my top favorite musicians of all times, and of course he had to be included in the soundtrack of a blues story!
This was the more ‘chilled out’ bit of soundtrack, not too emotional or melancholic. It reminds me of the ironic smirk that is so typical of the character of Farfarello.
For the sadder, more emotional scenes – the quiet ones, as in Chapter Four – I immediately defaulted to the wonderful Janis Joplin. Summertime is one of the most moving tunes I know, and I felt it was just perfect for what Logan was going through.
For the more energic scenes, instead, I resorted to something a little more modern. I wanted something strong, harsh, but melodic at the same time; I wanted something screamed that might be in tune with Logan’s frustration. So I picked Best of you by the Foo Fighters, which is one of the few modern bands I really enjoy.
I hope you enjoyed this little selection! Thank you so much for stopping by. And I’d be happy to know what songs you think would make a nice soundtrack for this story, so – lay it on me :)!
The devil covets more than his soul ...
Six years ago, Logan Hart sold his soul to the devil to become the greatest bluesman of all time—and now the devil has come to collect.
The irony is that Logan squandered his gift. High on fame, money, and drugs, he ignored his muse and neglected his music. And despite managing to escape showbiz in a moment of clarity, it’s too late to redeem himself. All that’s left is to try to go out with some dignity. Alas, the prospect of an eternity in Hell isn’t helping much with that goal.
But Farfarello, the devil who bought Logan’s soul, isn’t ready to drag him down to Hell quite yet. He’s just spent six years working his ass off to whip a bluesman into shape, and he refuses to let that—or the opportunity for more sinful pleasures with Logan—go to waste.
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!! Trivia Contest !!
Attention, dear readers – this release comes with a trivia contest, and the winners will receive a free ebook of their choice from my backlist!
There are three easy questions, whose answer can be found reading Devil at the Crossroads. Keep an eye for the answers as you read the story, then email me the answers at corneliagrey [at] yahoo [dot] com – do not leave them in the comments, remember, you don’t want to make life too easy for the competition ;)!
The deadline for the contest is September the 30th.
I will randomly select two readers among those who emailed me replying correctly to the three questions. The winners will be officially announced on my blog (as well as emailed!) and they will receive a free ebook of their choice from my backlist!
Ready for the questions? Here we go...
1) What is the model of Logan’s guitar?
2) Throughout the story, three spider tattoos are mentioned. Where are they located?
3) Farfarello happens to mention a future birthday of Logan’s. Which birthday is that?
Good luck! And remember, email me your answers by September the 30th to be entered in the contest :)!
You can read an excerpt and purchase ‘Devil at the Crossroads’ here!