Mystery Project Post #1 — The Modern Soundtrack

Okay, so… that post before? Where I was like, “Sci-fi, coming at you!

I kinda lied. But only because I was mixed-up and shy.

I actually have an entire book… finished. Except for the fact that I’m currently tearing the last three chapters apart. It’s the first in a young adult trilogy, and it’s done. The second two books are plotted. The characters are fresh.

Thing is, it’s very different from the Dearly series. Oh, it’s still My Thing, through and through. Huge fanged beasts, intelligent insects, pretty dresses. But it’s also softer. Sweeter. It doesn’t have as high a body count. And it’s sort of a pet project, more than anything. It is literally a world I invented to escape into while I was going through all of my Fun Brain Stuff. This trilogy is young adult, but the next will likely be new adult. It’s a world I hope to revisit again and again through different eyes, through different times. It’s the first world I’ve drawn detailed maps of and written scads of supplemental material about. It’s been great fun.

I initially thought I would put this series out under a different name. Start from level zero. And I think this decision resulted from the fact that until a few weeks ago, I was still in Seclusion Mode. I didn’t want to put myself out there. I was still in my comfy little cave. I was also scared that if I put it out there, people would wonder why it wasn’t a Dearly book. I have since accepted that, you know, some readers will have that reaction–and that’s fine. That’s valid. I understand. They’re not wrong.

But I think it’s also valid to decide that I shouldn’t stifle myself just because I’m in a different headspace, right now.

And so, this book will likely be coming out before the end of the year. I’m still holding back on the details, but I wanted to share one of its two soundtracks. It’s set in a 50s-inspired universe, and while I have a playlist brimming over with 50s and 60s music (and 30s and 40s music for the series parents), I’ve also been amassing this “modern” playlist. I thought you guys might get a kick out of it.

And so, without further ado:


Because it’s fun, that’s why.


As usual, one of my dad characters is ten times cooler than all the young guys, combined. Got a problem? Call the Mayor.


If you don’t dance to this, something is wrong with your life.


How do we make the most romantic song in the world ten times more romantic? Oh right robes.


Only Postmodern Jukebox is allowed to be Miley Cyrus. The end.


I have a love-hate relationship with this cover. It is spooky as hell, though.


I should’ve saved this song for book two, because it’s perfect for the teen hero. Oh well, here it is!




According to the Mayor, good music died somewhere around ’39. Let’s prove him wrong, shall we?


I LOVE this song for Hannibal, and I love it for the overarching plot of this series I’m working on.


I know these songs have been played to death, but I started writing this book last year and I played them SO MUCH. This is like, if HBO eventually based a show on these books. This would be the season preview.


And a song for the beast-with-a-heart-of-gold. Because that’s how we operate, around here.

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  1. Abbie
    Sep 10, 2014

    Can’t wait to read this! It sounds so interesting! Looking forward to it very much!

  2. Roxanne
    Sep 11, 2014

    Fans of authors should be understanding. We should accept that an author may choose to go in a different direction than we’re accustomed to and embrace the change with our dearly adored authors. After all, authors are humans too. You’re not a machine designed to pump out materials that are popular. You have to enjoy your work, too. Because if the author doesn’t enjoy their work, the readers may not as well. Maybe it’s just me, but I cannot personally stand people who complain when their favorite writers change course, or choose to not continue a series. Sometimes change is good.

    With that said, I admit I am a tad sad the Dearly series is not being continued, but it’s okay! I thought the ending of ‘Beloved’ was perfect. And I look really forward to your new work!

  3. TehTeh
    Sep 11, 2014

    oh wow. that sounds promising! I can’t believe you found vintage inspired versions of Bieber and Miley… I still think you’re the BEST


  4. Lori T
    Sep 11, 2014

    I’d read anything you wrote, Dearly or not. And this sounds uber-amazing, so I can’t wait for this book to come out…especially if it’s by the end of the year. That would be the best! And this song list is possibly the coolest I’ve ever heard. I need more song inspirations from you. I’m tired of the same-old, same-old. But all this is GREAT NEWS!!!! Yay!!!!!

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