I’m very excited to be a part of the Rouge blog tour, hosted by YA Bound! Today, Leigh Talbert Moore is here to do a guest post on her new book. To visit other blogs participating in the tour, visit HERE.
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Rouge: The Soundtrack
By Leigh Talbert Moore
I had the hardest time getting started writing my new book Rouge back in the fall of 2010.
I worked so hard to create writing blocks of time for it and then during those times, I chatted with bleeps (blog peeps). I researched New Orleans in the Gilded Age, I read about the aftermath of the Civil War, I read about French surnames and histories, I downloaded photographs of clothes worn at the time…
I’m happy to say all that procrastinating was not wasted time—I used quite a bit of that research. But one thing I did helped me the most: I made a soundtrack.
The truth is, I’m a musical mush-pot. Want me to remember something? Set it to music. Seriously, it’s freakish the way I remember songs. So it wasn’t a hard thing for me. It was actually kind of fun.
Originally, I’d wanted to write a story set in a circus. Why? I don’t know. But as I got to writing, I decided a cabaret in New Orleans would be more interesting. And possibly easier because of the whole “close to home” thing.
So I mined all the musicals and showy, dramatic songs I could think of and assembled tunes that to me represented certain characters. Wanna hear it?
Here’s the list of songs:
“Complainte de la Butte,” by Rufus Wainwright
“One Day I’ll Fly Away,” Nicole Kidman
“On the Street Where You Live,” Marni Nixon & Wilfrid Hyde-White
“Queen Bitch,” David Bowie
“A Girl Like You,” The Smithereens
“Beauty Mark,” Rufus Wainwright
“I’ve Seen that Face Before,” Grace Jones
“The Show Must Go On,” Queen
“Libertango,” Astor Piazzolla
I’d never done that before and I have to give it up. It worked!
Songs were like characters—for instance, Rufus Wainwright became the voice of Roland in my head, and the song “Complainte de la Butte” has the title Cheveux Roux (“red hair”) in it…
It’s a great tool, and maybe these songs will transport you to their sad, romantic, sometimes scary world. Thanks for having me here today!
Trapped in the underground theater world of 1890s New Orleans, Hale Ferrer has only one goal: escape. But not without Teeny, the orphan-girl she rescued from the streets and promised to protect.
Freddie Lovel, Hale’s wealthy Parisian suitor, seems to be the easy solution. If only his touch could arouse her interest like Beau’s, the penniless stagehand who captures her heart.
Denying her fears, Hale is poised to choose love until an evil lurking in their cabaret-home launches a chain of events that could cost her everything.
Mature YA/light historical/theater romance
About the Author
Leigh Talbert Moore is a wife and mom by day, a writer by day, a reader by day, a freelance editor when time permits, a chocoholic, a caffeine addict, a lover of YA and new adult romance (really any great love story), a beach bum, and occasionally she sleeps.
Thank you so much, Leigh, for being on the blog today!
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