Another convention to add to the list: I’ll be in Seattle at Emerald City Comic Con on April 4-5th. I don’t think I’ll be doing any local signings, but no doubt I’ll be popping into bookstores (that downtown Barnes & Noble most certainly) to sign any of my novels that are in stock.
Current soundtrack for the THE FIRE KING (not including Cumulus by Imogen Heap, which I’ve listened to more often than I can count):
What I like about all these scores is that each of them tells a story, regardless of whether you’re familiar with the movies they come from. I haven’t seen The Wind and the Lion in years—I remember only fragments of the film (Sean Connery riding a horse down a beach, swinging a saber, being one of them), but the music says it all. The music has a life of its own beyond the images on the screen, and because of that, you can make them your own—especially as you write. In my case—with this particular soundtrack—the music has moved through me as I’ve listened, becoming words on the page, inspiring a peculiar texture to the novel. A certain rhythm. I know, it sounds melodramatic, but music pushes my creative buttons. And these are the scores that are inspiring THE FIRE KING.
Right now, The Russia House is playing. It’s a mournful song, but very romantic. Much like the novel, I hope. This particular chapter in the Dirk & Steele series delves more deeply into shape-shifter culture, exploring the dark side of their existence—and history. And while this book does not focus on Eddie, I can tell you now: He’s back in this book. You’ll find out what happened to him.