Guest & Contest: Alexandra Monir

The Music of Timeless

One of my greatest joys in writing Timeless was incorporating my passion for music into the project. Since my protagonist, Michele, travels back to three different eras in history–the Gilded Age of 1910, the Jazz Age of 1924, and the World War II era of the 1940s–I created a playlist of songs to listen to while writing; classic old standards from these three time periods. Listening to the crinkly vintage records sent me back in time in my mind, and I found myself in tune with the eras I was writing about. I also selected some key songs to feature during important moments in the story. For example, a character’s performance of the Gershwin song “Fascinatin’ Rhythm” is an important plot point that furthers the storyline; whereas the 1940s classic “I’ll Be Seeing You” is featured in one of the most emotional moments in the book. I loved being able to incorporate real songs that have been around for decades, and I also featured two classical pieces that have been around even longer–Schubert’s “Serenade” and Chopin’s “Nocturne No. 19 in E Minor.”
I always imagined Michele and her love interest, Philip, as aspiring songwriters. I’m a singer/songwriter myself, and there’s something so magical to me about the idea of a boy and girl falling in love while composing music. I was also intrigued by the concept of what kind of music a boy from 1910 and a girl from 2010 could create–perhaps something with an old-school, nostalgic sound (to our modern ears) but with contemporary lyrics. I wrote the songs Michele and Philip compose together in the book, “Bring The Colors Back” and “Chasing Time,” and recorded them with a 10-piece band. That was truly one of my favorite experiences- it was so thrilling to hear my melodies brought to life by these virtuoso musicians! I released these two songs on iTunes, and I feel like they enable Michele and Philip to exist beyond the page, through the music.
To hear clips from all the songs in my Timeless playlist, check out my Amazon page.   I hope you enjoy it!
Love & Happy Reading,
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  • The prize is a print copy of Timeless.
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11 thoughts on “Guest & Contest: Alexandra Monir

  1. I’ve always thought that the idea of time traveling would be epic, I really wish it was real. Timeless looks like an excellent book and I haven’t had the chance to read it yet, though I’ve been wanting to for a while. I love it when authors include a playlist! Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  2. Nicole says:

    I always loved the idea of time travel. Just being able to go through time and experience history and see how everything was before would be an amazing experience. I first heard about Timeless when I was looking through Amazon and instantly fell in love, but never had the time or money to buy it. Thank you for the giveaway.

  3. Maureen says:

    What an interesting idea, to create original music to accompany a book. Music in movies definitely gives adds to the experience so why not a book.

  4. Leanna Hiner says:

    I love that you created a playlist to for when you were writing the book. That would be great to listen to when reading the book. I often listen to my iPod when reading if there isn’t anything on tv and it would really add to the experience of reading the book to have a playlist created by the author.

  5. Tisha says:

    I love the idea of time travel and being able to travel back to a different time period and experience what the people during those times experienced. I would love to travel back to 1888 during the Whitechapel murders so I could feel the same fear and anxiousness that those people were feeling at the time, and possibly try to crack the ever-present question as to who Jack the Ripper really was. I’ve also always wanted to travel back during the times of ancient Greece and Rome because there’s so much history and culture during that time period.

    Thanks so much for the giveaway! 🙂

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  6. Jen B. says:

    Thanks for sharing the playlist. I look forward to listening to it. I love to know what music the author thinks of in association with book.

  7. bn100 says:

    Very interesting post. The music and time period is fascinating and would make for a good read in a book.

  8. Crystal Newman says:

    I would love to be able to go to different time periods and to experience the different ways people lived. I love the idea of adding music into it. Gives it a different spin on things.

  9. Jen @ RtB says:

    Thank you to everyone who stopped by to support Alexandra. Our contest winner is Tisha. An email is on it’s way to her with directions on how to claim her prize.


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