First, I would like to thank the lovely BookButterfly herself, Kim, for allowing me to have some space in her world to chat with you all. I’m very excited to be here! A little about me: Christy Trujillo, author of The Maldito Series, a YA paranormal romance about a race of half-human, half-vampires called ‘El Maldito (that’s ‘the cursed’ for you non-Spanish speaking folks) based on an old Spanish legend. My books are about a girl named Emmy who works towards a scholarship to Berklee College of Music, and things get thrown off track when a handsome boy with a secret comes to town.
Music is a very large part of the trilogy. Emmy has music playing in her head all of the time, which changes based on her mood or the situation in which she finds herself. Some of the songs in the first book in the series include “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel, “At Last” by Etta James and “Bring Him Home” from the musical La Miserables. These songs are woven through the story, allowing the reader to immerse in Emmy’s world, both though the written word and the beautiful melodies of the music.
As with Emmy, music is an enormous part of my life. I always listen to music when I write, and have even had a song (“Cosmic Love” by Florence + The Machine) actually affect the entire outcome of a story. I know many authors who make playlists for their books and think of specific bands as the voice of their character. I often wonder if songwriters write the lyrics or the melody first because to me, as they are inextricably intertwined.
Music can bring people together and give them common ground no matter race, age, or creed. Music can lift you when you’re feeling down and give you a soft place to lie in when you are wallowing in self-pity. Music can help you find your calling in this world. Sometimes, all you have to do is listen.
“Words can change your mood but add a little music and they can move your very soul.” ~ Me
Books by Christy Trujillo
Official Contest information:TO ENTER, leave a comment for Christy including your email address so I can contact you if you are the winner (or you can email me at bookbutterfly9(at)gmail (dot) com if you do not wish to have your email published).
ENTRANTS must be 13 years of age or older
CONTEST DEADLINE is September 10, 2010
CONTEST OPEN Internationally!