Robin Covington’s Secret Santa Baby just got a brand new cover! Since it’s the holiday season, Robin stopped by EverAfter to share her very Christmas themed playlist and answer our questions! Pick up your copy of this fabulous novella today!
1. How do you make your playlists for your books?
I usually start by trying to find key songs that go with the vibe of parts of the book or parts of the character. Obviously, with Secret Santa Baby, I began with “Santa Baby” but then I looked for songs that hit the “notes” of the story. “Naughty Naughty Children” was about Nick deciding to go after Tessa while “It Really Is (A Wonderful Life” is all Tessa – upbeat and quirky and ready to make her dreams come true.
2. Do you use the entire playlist for the whole book or specific parts for certain sections or types of scenes?
I usually use the entire playlist. Sometimes I will replay songs over and over while writing a scene or a moment but they all get used. If a certain song immediately puts me in that book moment, I will make myself sick of it by playing it for as long as it takes. I recently wrote a sex scene and played “Speakers” by Sam Hunt for two days! (that was not a hardship at all)
3. How does the music impact your writing process?
I have it on while I write – constantly. I have to set the mood and for me that is about music. I’m a singer and a musician so every part of my life is set to a soundtrack or sorts . . . even my books.
4. Do certain songs or artists continually come up in your book playlists?
Yes! I’m surprised at how often Hunter Hayes, Sam Hunt, Katy Perry and David Nail appear on my lists. Patty Griffith is a frequent visitor too. They are all songwriters who can spin a poignant tale in a few measures – if my character is despondent about losing her/his love, you can almost guarantee that “Rain” is playing.
5. Does the music on your playlists also get put into your casual listening?
Oh yeah. I’m a music junkie and I have to own a iPod Classic because it’s the only one large enough to hold my inventory of 7000 plus songs. I listen to music all the time and am constantly learning new ones to sing with my band.
What’s one piece of writing advice you would like to share? Make it a habit. You aren’t going to get a ripped body if you don’t get to the gym. The writing skill is a muscle and must be exercised to grow and strengthen. So make it a habit and learn and read and study the craft everyday.
Kellie Pickler: “Santa Baby”
Michael Buble: “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”
Sugarland: “Maybe Baby (New Year’s Day)”
Mindy Smith: “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”
Sheryl Crow: “Merry Christmas Baby”
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals: “Naughty Naughty Children”
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals: “Please Come Home for Christmas”
Robin Covington loves to explore the theme of fooling around and falling in love in her bestselling books. Her stories burn up the sheets. . .one page at a time. When she’s not writing she’s collecting tasty man candy, indulging in a little comic book geek love, and stalking Chris Evans. Don’t send chocolate…send eye candy!
Robin’s bestselling books have won the Golden Leaf Award and was a finalist in the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice, the Book Seller’s Best and the National Reader’s Choice Awards.
She lives in Maryland with her handsome husband, her two brilliant children (they get it from her, of course!), and her beloved furbabies. She can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and RobinCovingtonRomance.com!