Hello! I’m Diane Alberts (though I also write as Jen McLaughlin), and I have a new book release out today called Beauty and the Boss: Modern Fairytales #1 (Entangled Indulgence). As the title implies, it’s a retelling of Beauty and the Boss, with a modern flair. It centers around Benjamin Gale, the third, who is a cold, unemotional CEO—on the outside. The heroine is Maggie, a kindhearted, beautiful researcher at his company—one who has always tempted him to stop being a beast, and start being a man.
When I’m writing, I ALWAYS have Pandora or iTunes playing in the background. I pull emotion from songs, and there’s nothing more gratifying than having the perfect song come on during the perfect scene. So I thought it would be fun to create a playlist of songs that inspired me during this book.
While I like to give ideas behind the reasons why I chose songs, I can’t be too specific because, you know, spoilers. Kind of hard to tell exact scenes without those, so I’ll do my best with what I have!
Without further ado, here we go!
1. Taylor Swift: “Stay”— Maggie. I think of this song a lot in the middle of the book.
2. If/Then the Musical (Idina Menzel and James Snyder): “Here I Go”—Maggie. This is my song for the first love scene.
3. If/Then the Musical (Idina Menzel and James Snyder): “You Never Know”— Maggie and Benjamin. First kiss.
4. Maroon 5: “She Will Be Loved”—Benjamin. After the big fight.
5. Buckcherry: “Sorry”— Benjamin. After the big fight.
6. Wicked the Musical: “Defying Gravity”—Maggie. Middle of the book.
7. The Offsprings: “Want You Bad”— Benjamin. Before the first love scene.
8. Ed Sheeran: “Thinking Out Loud”—Benjamin. Middle of the book.
After you read the book, you’ll have to let me know if these songs matched up with your idea of what the soundtrack should be! 🙂
Diane Alberts is a USA TODAY bestselling Contemporary Romance author with Entangled Publishing. Under the name Jen McLaughlin, she also writes New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling books with Penguin Random House. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. Diane is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency. Find her on her Website, on Twitter, Facebook, or on Goodreads!