I’ve been working on the collaborative project, Her Circle Ezine, for about five years. Before my novel, Multiple Exposure, was published, our podcast producer and host, Claire Hart, asked me to participate in the One World Café Virtual Reading Series. I was thrilled to be considered for the podcast series, a section that Claire maintains on the website.
Since I gave birth earlier this year, I haven’t been able to get out to a lot of reading events. First, I’m trying to be a good Mom, and second, a novelist promoting her work. Most days, I’m trying to negotiate the time to send an email, tweet, or post to facebook (and write?!) between naps and feedings. So, Claire’s podcast offer was one I could manage. Claire recorded us from her apartment in Germany, while I Skyped in from my home in Tennessee. But, have no doubt, it was not seamless–the baby was awake and baby talking, baby happy shrieks, so I had to ask my husband to hurry home and watch the baby while Claire and I recorded the podcast.
That’s one of the topics Claire and I discuss in the interview–how to juggle family and professional responsibilities.
So that I don’t tell you all about it, you can listen to it here.
There’s also a chance to win a free copy of the book…click on the link to find out how.
Melissa Corliss DeLorenzo recently published a book review of my novel, Multiple Exposure, on her new blog, From My Kitchen Counter. I am so grateful to Melissa for the review: https://melissacorlissdelorenzo.wordpress.com/2012/11/01/indie-pubbed-book-review-multiple-exposure-by-shana-thornton/
Recently, I traveled with my husband and baby to San Francisco for a wedding. When we arrived, I was overwhelmed by the stretch of city, in an engulfing stack that wasn’t my experience in Europe, even if Paris reached into the gray beyond. A quick walk, and we found ourselves at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival and someone was singing one of my favorites–Blue Moon of Kentucky–a song on the playlist for my next novel, Poke Sallet Queen, but we’ll get to that book later.
Recently, I’ve been mourning the growth and calm from Multiple Exposure, rejecting all of the stimulants related to writing it, even the music that provided the background noise. It’s almost as if after publishing it, I’ve had to reject it in order to move forward. But standing there in San Francisco, I was moved by music–bucket drummers echoing under a bridge, swing dance with the stand-up bass, boom box beats groovin the roller skates, banjos and harmony on the horizon, a violin in the valley, band screamin’ on the top floor, his iPod shuffle bustles on the Muni and off again, the djembe making her middle jerk in the park, workin’ it any place…dance floor is the space under your feet.
Just like the variety of musical performances in the city, characters offer opportunities to listen with different ears. I even go so far as to imagine how their musical choices get on each other’s nerves. And, how they might use music–to elevate a mood, to seduce, to drown the cries of heartbreak into their pillows, to tune out the stranger next to them on an airplane…
I pressed play on the playlist for Multiple Exposure, and decided to share some of those songs here.
These were some of the songs on Ellen and David’s playlists:
1. You Turned the Tables on Me– Benny Goodman Orchestra with Helen Ward
2. You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby – Tommy Dorsey Orchestra with Edythe Wright
3. I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl– Nina Simone
4. Paranoia in B Flat Major– Avett Brothers
5. You Don’t Understand Me – The Raconteurs
6. Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes
7. Cheap Sunglasses – ZZ Top
8. Miss You – The Rolling Stones
9. Precious Memories – hymn
10. Blues Jumped the Rabbit – Karen Dalton
11. Under One Groove – Mickey Hart and Zakir Hussain
12. In a State – UNKLE
Here’s a blog post I wrote about music and character development at Her Circle in 2011.