Staccato: Novel Tie-In – by Deborah J Ledford

Continuing with how my upcoming suspense thriller Staccato came to be, I thought I would discuss how important the music element was to the overall aspect of the novel.

Countless hours were spent selecting the piano pieces featured in Staccato. It was my full intent to implement the ideal classical musical compositions that would convey the mood of each scene where music was indicated. The highly-charged scenes were ideal for crashing concertos, whereas the scenes of reflection feature soothing sonatas. Each and every piece was selected to emphasize the mood, setting and characters’ feelings as this psychological suspense thriller progresses.

In writing the novel, the music became a motivating factor as well as a subplot—as if composing a complicated piece of music…with words.

 Because of this, I’ve considered adding a CD tie-in to the novel which features the classical music I have showcased so that readers have the full impression of what I have presented to them.

Would this be an endeavor worth pursuing? I would be very interested to know what you think about this idea.

Deborah J Ledford is the author of the debut suspense thriller novel Staccato, scheduled for release by Second Wind Publishing, September 15, 2009.


Filed under books, fiction, marketing, music

9 responses to “Staccato: Novel Tie-In – by Deborah J Ledford

  1. I assume in the case of classical music you won’t need permissions to include the pieces on the CD. Most would be in public domain, right?

    • That’s exactly right, Norm. Wouldn’t use the few contemporary songs referenced within the novel. I have a pianist in mind to perform the pieces, so costs would only be for the talent, production and copies of the CDs.

      • It really does sound intriguing. Too bad people read at a different rate, otherwise you could time the CD to fit the story, so people would listen to the piece as the scene is being played out. Still, a “soundtrack” for a book is a novel idea! (Sorry, couldn’t resist.) I wonder if you could do videos for certain scenes? Read the scene while the music is being played? If you ever did readings at a book signing, playing the proper piece would add a different dimension.

  2. Sounds intriguing. I would think it would bring you some interesting sales – people buying it for the music as well as the writing, particularly as gifts for that “hard to buy for” friend.

  3. I think this is a good idea. In the thriller I’m working on now, I listen to music from the country where my characters find themselves…it’s just background music for me, but I find it is helping with visual scenes, dialogue, characterizations, pacing ….everything. I probably would buy your book anyway and the CD would just be an added surprise or gift. I wouldn’t necessarily buy the book because of the CD alone. I’m sure your book can stand on its own very well. Looking forward to its release.

    • Thanks Joyce. I always have music playing when I write–even nearly wearing out a particular CD at a time. Once I chose the classical pieces I reverted back to my rock ‘n roll collection to keep me in the mood for the intensity of the novel.

      And right, the CD would be a companion piece to the “Staccato” novel for those who took an interest in knowing what classical pieces were intended for the paticular scenes.

  4. christinehusom

    Wonderful idea, Deborah. I love it. Even though people read at different rates, they could stop the CD until they are ready for the next song.

  5. R McCormack

    Just mentioning the musical pieces in the novel creates a movie in the reader’s mind. The soundtrack in most movies takes the scene a bit further, grounds the viewer in the experience. Whether the reader listened to the CD while reading or not, including it seems like a thoughtful idea!

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