Spotlight: Clare James The Music Behind Played


Clare James


The Music Behind PLAYED…

By Clare James


So, I have a confession. Up until about three years ago, I was not into country music. At all. The horror!

I’ve always loved folk music, indie, and blues, but country didn’t do much for me. Until I realized that many of my favorite indie artists also had a country background. I also began to notice the similarities between the folk songs I loved so much and country music. And just the influence country had on music in general. I was developing an appreciation, that’s for sure.

Then the TV show Nashville came out and I was done. So when I needed to add a hero for my steamy Southern romance series, I knew I had to include a down-on-his-luck country star. And PLAYED was born.

Though country music has become a new love, I have been a lifelong Johnny Cash fan, though I really put him in his own category. I’ve said it before and will say it again, he was a poet and a preacher—original and inspiring. I adored him and I’ve used many of his tracks for writing inspiration. Maybe because he was such an amazing story teller.

So coming in at number one on my playlist for PLAYED, we have the one and only … Johnny Cash. Man, I had Johnny and June singing Jackson on a loop as I wrote this book.

As far as other sexy country singers on my playlist? Well, that includes a few Blake Shelton songs. I know, I know. Some of you are more loyal to Miranda…what are you gonna do?

Tim McGraw was also on the list, as well as Luke Bryan and Jake Owen.

Of course, I often wrote to music from all the artists on Nashville—especially the Deacon and Rayna songs. The Rivers Between Us kills me every time I hear it! How could you not want to write a love story after listening to it?

And Little Big Town is an absolute fave. I honestly think Girl Crush is one of my top songs in any genre. It is so, so sexy!

What about you? Which country songs make you weak in the knees?


About Clare James:

Clare James writes contemporary romance and new adult novels with spunky heroines and sexier-than-sin heroes. Her books have made several best-selling lists including the tender love stories in the Impossible Love series; the steamy romantic comedy Dirty Little Lies; and the touching family drama Wednesday. She’s also the author of a new series with Entangled’s Brazen line about the women of Elite PR and their very naughty clients. The first two books in the series are out now!

A former dancer, Clare still loves to get her groove on – mostly to work off her beloved cupcakes and red wine. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and young son, and is always on social media chatting with readers.

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Author: Clare James

Publisher: Entangled Brazen

Release Date: October 19, 2015

Series: Elite PR #2

Genre: Contemporary Romance

ISBN: 9781633754515

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