#MusicMonday with Cathy Skendrovich

I like all types of music. I can listen to country, classical, Top 40, Eighties; you name it. It drives my husband crazy, because he only listens to Oldies (though my country is rubbing off on him). But when I’m writing, it’s a whole other ballgame.

Most of the time I write with instrumental, “easy listening” music in the background. While I’m forming words or sentences, I find vocals to be distracting. My Go-To CD is “Celtic Seashore,” because it has a haunting quality that feeds my creativity. I strive to make my words as inspirational as I find the music. Plus, I love the addition of the ocean sounds. I’m totally a beach girl.


While writing Undercover with the Nanny, though I didn’t have a specific soundtrack to go with the book (I never do), several songs flowed through my mind. Sawyer Hayes and Kate Munroe ooze sexuality at every meeting, so the songs that sprang to my mind reflect that chemistry. For example, once Sawyer first meets Kate (after secretly rummaging through her belongings), he sits back in his own apartment and listens to “Body Like a Back Road,” by Sam Hunt. It wasn’t by chance that I chose that song. Sawyer suffers from “Insta-lust” as soon as he meets Kate. The song reflects that.


As hot-for-each-other as they are, Sawyer and Kate don’t fall into bed that easily. When they go out on a date, Kate takes Sawyer to a little Mexican restaurant. While she’s thinking of slipping between the sheets with him, and he’s watching her lips like a starving man, I’ve got canned Mariachi music playing in the background. I hoped it served as a counterpoint to all that sex appeal dripping from the pages. Plus, I really do like Mariachi music!

However, the will-they-or-won’t-they question finally gets answered. After all, their chemistry is too combustible for them to ignore, and they finally give in, in one of the hottest scenes I’ve ever written. I needed to eat a lot of candy while writing that scene. And the song that came to represent that part, even before I’d written it, was Charlie Puth’s “Marvin Gaye.” It represents Kate and Sawyer to a T.

And lastly, the song that ties the story together, the one that fits not only the ending, but really encompasses their entire relationship, Charlie Puth’s “One Call Away.” Sawyer is Kate’s Superman, and Kate is his. They rescue each other. Isn’t that the definition of a great relationship, the ability to rely on the other?


Well, those are the songs I’ve related to Undercover with the Nanny, and Kate Munroe and Sawyer Hayes. I’m definitely not a one soundtrack type of writer, nor do my books fit one particular mold. I think that makes for unpredictability. Do you agree?



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DEA agent Sawyer Hayes came to California in search of a drug cartel leader who slipped through his fingers in El Paso. The link to finding him is Kate Munroe, a nanny for one of his henchmen. The problem? He didn’t expect to be so drawn to a possible suspect. How is he supposed to do his job when his growing feelings for her are clouding his judgment?

Interior designer Kate Munroe’s life is a train wreck. Her parents’ deaths left her with their mounds of debt, she can’t get a job designing even a cubicle, and she’s bunking in her best friend’s spare bedroom. To make ends meet, she’s a nanny to a lonely little boy whose rich father works all the time. Romance is not on her radar. But her hot new neighbor could change her mind, with his broad shoulders and Southern charm. Too bad his secrets could destroy her.







Cathy Skendrovich has always loved a good story, and spent her formative years scribbling what is now called Fan Fiction. The current heartthrob of the time featured heavily in all her stories. Unfortunately, once she went to college, her writing took the form of term papers. Upon graduation, Cathy became a middle school English teacher. Along the way, she married her husband of now thirty-three years, had two sons, and moved to southern Orange County, California. She chose to work part-time in the school system there. She eventually joined the online writing site, Wattpad, and credits those followers for encouraging her to become a published author. She is a member of RWA, and writes contemporary romance for Entangled. Her Entangled titles include Prisoner of Love, available now, and the soon-to-be-released romantic suspense, Protecting the Nanny. She also has two historical romances published through Literary Wanderlust publishers


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