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The Wrong Woman
Toronto Connections #4
As an independent filmmaker, Katie Cherry is used to difficult shoots—but a band’s music video in a tiny lesbian bar is proving worse than most. Stress-busting, expectation-free sex with Zay, the calm, gorgeous bartender, seems just the ticket. But then she and Zay discover the band’s lead singer beaten into a coma in the bar bathroom. They need an alibi, but playing girlfriends is a role Katie’s never excelled at, so she can't see this ending well.
Zay Fayed-Smith is finally getting her life back together after her junkie ex broke it apart. She’s working part-time while pursuing her dream of being a lawyer, and definitely keeping things chill on the girls front. Of course, that’s when a crime happens in her bar and her ex shows up wanting to try again. “Dating” Katie seems like the best way for Zay to keep her head down and teach her ex a lesson.
Except pretty soon, the charade begins to feel less and less like acting. And when the attacker turns his attentions toward Katie, they have to cut through the lies to discover what’s real.
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The art of the music video
One of the heroines of The Wrong Woman is a filmmaker who's been hired to create a music video for a band. At first she's kind of reluctant and treats it as something that's below her abilities—which is silly, because it's this great artistic form that merits effort (don't worry, she soon changes her mind). It's a minor part of the novel, but I'm totally going to use it as an excuse to talk about music videos and share some awesome ones here!
The music video is a relatively recent phenomenon, and really came into its own with the launch of MTV back in the 80s. What we see on TV now is so formulated and coded that it's difficult to imagine a time when TV was this strange new technology and *no one* knew what they were doing with it. Back in the 50s and 60s, people tried new stuff over and over, trying to see what would stick, what viewers would watch. Showing music on TV usually meant a clip of the musician performing or literally having the musician perform live. The emphasis was on promoting the music and the musician/band.
Over the course of the 70s and 80s, people became more and more creative with the video. Rather than just a promotional clip of the song and musician—which in one sense it always has been and must always be—it turned into a medium of its own. The music video can be a piece of artistic work that not only complements the music, but in some cases, possibly overshadows the music (though of course that's down to personal opinion). I think that Michael Jackson's “Thriller” and “Smooth Criminal” videos were gamechangers in this sense. They're practically short films, with narrative structures, crazy good special effects, incredible dance moves, and running times that far outstrip the distributed (radio) edit length of the songs.
Nowadays, an eye-catching music video is absolutely necessary for a song release. In the run up to this book release, I've been sharing/spamming music videos that (I think) are excellent examples of the genre on my Facebook page and some that are just fun. Here are a few:
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About the author:
Cass Lennox is a permanent expat who has lived in more countries than she cares to admit to and suffers from a chronic case of wanderlust as a result. She started writing stories at the tender age of eleven, but would be the first to say that the early years are best left forgotten and unread. A great believer in happy endings, she arrived at queer romance via fantasy, science fiction, literary fiction, and manga, and she can’t believe it took her that long. Her specialties are diverse characters, gooey happy ever afters, and brownies. She’s currently sequestered in a valley in southeast England.
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