There is a soundtrack to my novel Nephilim, Death by Design by Undecimber. Not every novel can boast its own soundtrack. And the fact that Peter Steele’s (Type O Negative) musical heir is the lead singer doesn’t exactly hurt. You may listen to it here:
It all started eight years ago, when my first novel was published. We got it into our heads that it should have a soundtrack and organised a rock contest. Reaktor won. The years passed by. Reaktor changed their name and some members, but the voice remained the same. Then they released an album and sold lots of copies in the United Kingdom. Just as it should be.
Then the band derailed and lead vocalist Patrik Ransäter was asked to sing in Josh Silver’s new band. Yes, that John Silver – the former keyboardist and producer of Type O Negative. The album is to be released in U.S. this winter.
In spite of chaotic tours, recordings in L.A., and strange conversations with The Edge of U2, this band still wants to collaborate with me. Pretty amazing.
Writing this blog post, I asked Patrik Ransäter what it’s like writing a song that is to be the soundtrack for a book:
“You don’t write a song. Songs write themselves. It’s just a matter of being there when it happens … to feel the music resonating through your body and streaming out through your fingers, straight into the instrument. You can’t just sit down and write music. The same way I suppose you can’t just sit down and write a new novel to order. So in a way it felt like an impossible task when I was asked to write a soundtrack for a novel. But something happens as you read a book. The setting, the atmosphere, and the mood grips your soul. Music emerges. The lyrics are already there. The aestethics of a novel might contain a hurricane of feelings, enough for an entire album. On the other hand, it takes an exceptional author to light the fire. I have had the advantage of working with such an author. Life is not fair. Get over it.”
I got a mail this morning that the launch for the U.S. e-book publicity campaign has now officially begun and the e-book’s publication date is August 15th. Personally? I hope for a trip oversea. It’s been long ten years since last time.
The Press Release goes like this:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A Thriller of Biblical Proportion
“A wonderfully exciting, deft and confidently written book.” /Laura magazine
“The Lord saw that human evil on earth was great, and He saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil.” /Genesis 6:5
In her first novel to be launched in America, Nephilim (Stockholm Text, August 15th 2013, $14.95 paperback, $6.99 ebook), Swedish crime novelist Åsa Schwarz delivers a page- turning thriller where a mythical conspiracy battles against environmental criminals.
When young and driven “Eco Warrior” Nova decides to take action against environmentally dangerous corporations, little does she know that a shadowy organization shares in her goal.
Soon Nova finds herself framed for a string of unusual and gruesome murders and is on the run from Swedish authorities. Left to her own device, Nova is forced to explore crawling biblical clues in order to unravel the mysteries of past and present…and to figure out how she got herself in the middle of it.
Nephilim is a unique and fast-paced suspense novel, blending biblical mythology with global conspiracies to create a convincing and effective story. Its in-depth characters and quickly unravelling plot, full of dramatic twists and turns, has made it a major success throughout Europe.
Åsa Schwarz, a trained Information Security Consultant, is one of Sweden’s most popular authors. What makes her stories stand out are her thorough characterizations and her mix of mystical legends with symbolic puzzles and modern technical detail.
Publicity Contact: Tricia van Dockum