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Connecting with Characters through Music by Jessica Subject


When I begin to write any story, one of the first things I do is to create a playlist for the story. I usually pick a few songs that relate to the hero and the heroine during specific scenes. With HIS ALIEN VIRGIN, which officially releases tomorrow, the heroine Skylar, goes through so much more before she meets up with the hero.

In the beginning of the story, when she’s trying to escape, sometimes I just listen to instrumental music. Erin Shore by The Corrs is what I like to listen to. Though the songs seems pretty calm, the drum solo at 3:00 really gets my heart pumping and puts me into the action. Like any good story, the lead up to the action is just as important as the climax.

But most of the songs in the playlist relate to the times Skylar and Daran are together. Here’s the playlists for each character:

Skylar’s songs

Big Girls Don’t Cry by Fergie

Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) by Kelly Clarkson

Runaway by The Corrs

Only Girl by Rihanna

White Coats by Foxes

Daran’s songs

Alien by Bush

Like the Sun by RyanDan

Dum Da Dum by Shawn Desman

Kiss You Inside Out by Hedley

You Make Me Feel by Cobra Starship ft. Sabi

These songs help me to feel the proper emotions for my characters during certain scenes, and thus if I can feel it, I am able to portray it better in the story.

His Alien Virgin

A 1Night Stand story


By Jessica E. Subject


New Adult Erotic Sci-Fi Romance

She is desperately seeking freedom…

On the eve before her twenty-first birthday, Skylar steals a ship and escapes from the planet Rebed. She refuses to be another wife to the slimy space pirate that is her betrothed. After hearing of her brothers’ own success, she applies to the 1Night Stand service on her way to Earth, hoping Madame Eve can find a man to be her hero, to make her feel special, even if for only one night.

He is trying to fit in…

Daran traveled to Earth years ago, and he still struggles to fit in on the planet. But when his boss suggests a blind date, he reluctantly agrees. What would happen if anyone found out about his alien ancestry?

And they are not at all meant to be together…

As best friend to Skylar’s brothers, Daran has always forced himself to fight his attraction to her.  He cannot see her as anything more than a little sister, someone to protect. So, why did Madame Eve match them together?

Has Madame Eve made a huge mistake, or will Daran tread into forbidden territory to be with the one woman he’s always wanted, and become the hero Skylar craves?

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Author Bio:

Jessica E. Subject is the author of contemporary and science fiction romance, ranging from sweet to erotica. In her stories, you could meet clones, or a sexy alien or two. You may even be transported to another planet for a romantic rendezvous. And if you’re looking for something really steamy, check out her erotica stories written as Paisley Brown.

When Jessica isn’t reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to get out and walk. Fast. But she just may slow down if there is a waterfall nearby.

Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers. You can find her at and on twitter @jsubject.

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10 thoughts on “Connecting with Characters through Music by Jessica Subject

  1. I may do music to scenes, not really characters. Fast music for action scenes and such. Headphones are a must when I write.

    The book is going on my ever growing TBR list. The damn thing never seems to get shorter.

    • Hello! Yes, I’ve done music to scenes, too, but I find it usually relates to at least one of the characters.

      Thank you! My TBR list is the same. I’m always finding stories that pique my interest. 🙂

      • I also am following the heck out of you on everything. I checked out your site and books. I am IMPRESSED. Now if I stack the TBR list, it would reach the moon at least. If you notice a significant jump in sales, that is just me buying your books.

      • Awesome! Thanks so much! 🙂

  2. Thank you for having me on Literary Lagniappe today! 🙂

  3. Jessica, thanks for sharing about your writing process. I have to admit that I normally don’t pay attention to play lists, but conversely, I always find it interesting when authors use song titles as chapter titles or book titles. Ah, the joys & irritationalities of Mom Brain, eh? I’ve always found the 1Night Stand stories to be pretty cool – I think it’s amazing that so many different authors can write Madame Eve and stay true to her goals :).

    • Thank you! I did use lyrics from songs for my series, The Underground, but I don’t always do that. And Beneath the Starry Sky came from a line in one of my son’s books. LOL The 1Night Stand line is a lot of fun to read and write for. Hard to believe there are over 200 in the series now. 🙂

  4. It is a great series. I think I’ve read all of your contributions to it, I’ll have to check. You might have snuck one by me, lol. I’ve loved them all. I’ll have to read this one too.
    I have to have music playing while I write. Thank you for sharing your playlist. 🙂 Congrats on all your success, Jessica.

    • Thank you so much, SJ! I don’t always listen to music while I’m writing. I usually listen to it before, while I’m finishing up housework, etc. It helps me to get in the right frame of mind.

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