Jennifer McGowan used music to help her get in touch with her characters while writing Maid of Secrets. And, of course, writing about a secret society of young women making up Elizabeth I’s most trusted royal guard calls for some seriously epic songs. See what she chose for each character, then take to the comments to let us know if you agree or if you had other songs in mind!
The playlist for MAID OF SECRETS was so much fun to put together—and don’t worry, none of this music is from Elizabethan England! I actually tried to listen to some songs from the 1500s to get “in the mood” and I …well, I failed. Elizabethan music is not good for a playlist.
Now, the Foo Fighters? I can get behind that. In fact, the Foo Fighter song I list below for Meg is one that was on repeat far more times than I’d care to admit. But in keeping with the fact that MAID OF SECRETS is a historical, I also wanted to get some older tunes in the mix…all the way back to the 1980s!
So without further ado—let’s get to the playlist!
Meg’s song: The Pretender – Foo Fighters
Meg Fellowes, the heroine of MAID OF SECRETS, has been playing a role her whole life… first as a thief, then as an unofficial actress for her traveling troupe, and now as a spy for the Queen. But who is Meg really?
Rafe’s song: Way Cool Jr. – Ratt
Meg gets some unexpected (and unwanted) help from a mysterious Spanish spy, Count Rafe de Martine. Rafe is the original bad boy, and definitely not someone you can trust… which is why we’re throwing him back to the Hair Band rockers of the 80s to find his song. It’s a bit off the wall, especially the unplugged version, but it provides the swinging cool vibe of Rafe.
THE SPY GIRLS
Beatrice’s song: Material Girl – Madonna
This one will also take you way (way) back to the 80s, but no one captures Beatrice’s confidence and style like a young Madonna. As the darling of the Queen’s court, Beatrice knows everyone’s secrets. But there’s also a secret of her own that she’s desperate to hide.
Anna’s song: Firework – Katy Perry
Anna is the smartest girl in the room—even when she doesn’t want to be. Lost in her world of intricate puzzles and mysteries to solve, she sometimes feels on the outside looking in when it comes to being part of a group. Her inner light, however, is just beginning to shine.
Sophia’s song: She’s a Mystery to Me – U2//Bono
Sophia, the youngest spy, is rumored to have the Sight…only her powers haven’t manifested yet. Despite that, she’s already up to her ears in danger that lurks just beyond the shadows.
Jane’s song: All that I’m Living For – Evanescence
Jane hasn’t had it easy. As the only assassin in the Maids of Honor, she’s seen her share of tragedy, beginning with a deadly attack on her village that haunts her still. Now she must fight the demons in her memory… even as she defends the Queen.
Queen Elizabeth’s song: Super Girl – Hillary Duff
Speaking of the Queen: In MAID OF SECRETS we find out Elizabeth I has just come to power and she’s only 25 years old! With half the kingdom praising her and half wanting her dead, it’s going to take a Super Girl to stay on top.
When it comes to MAID OF DECEPTION, the second book in the Maids of Honor series, I have a different song for Beatrice. In book 2, Beatrice and the Queen square off in a constant clash of wills that is, well, best exemplified by this song:
Enemies – Shinedown. (So. Much. Win.)
And that’s my official playlist for MAID OF SECRETS! If you want to learn more about the Maids of Honor, start the adventure with MAID OF SECRETS and continue it with MAID OF DECEPTION and MAID OF WONDER!