On a recent blog tour I was asked for a playlist that reflected the essence of my debut gothic romance novel, Bloodgifted. It was only later I realised that not everyone who follows my blog would have had the chance to follow the tour. So I decided to reproduce that post and include the links so, instead of just providing a list, anyone can click and listen.
Now I never consciously set out to create a playlist, but when I began writing my Dantonville Legacy series, I automatically rummaged through my CD rack and picked out a mix of all my favourite classical and contemporary pieces guaranteed to get my literary juices running! It made sense to me. After all, it’s how music is used in the movies, isn’t it?
So without further ado, here’s a selection of the Bloodgifted Collection.
When Laura first meets Alec in St Andrews Cathedral, I had Ralph Vaugh-Williams's sublime Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, playing in the background. It’s just such a gorgeous piece and perfectly captures the soaring arches and the glorious stained glass windows of the cathedral's interior. As Laura reaches the end of the nave, there he is—leaning against a post waiting for her.
I get goose pimples every time I listen to this piece, and forever will associate it with Alec and Laura's first meeting.
For the Ritual scene I listened to the track from Gladiator. There's a certain majesty, as well as a hint of danger, in this haunting piece that befits an ancient Roman ceremony and it's Latin litany with a vampire twist.
The neo-gothic mansion the Prime Elder of the Brethren—Luc Lebrettan—calls home, boasts a hidden garden where Laura and Alec share their first kiss. There was no way I could write this romantic scene without listening to the love track from Nino Rota's, Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet. It's a heart-melter!
The frightening scene in the theatre was written to the soundtrack from Blade Runner, as it had just the right amount of tension and creepiness!