When my first novel, A Place Called Wiregrass, came out one of the first questions I was asked on a radio interview was if I had to pick a theme song for my book what would it be? I was dumbfounded. I had never thought of that before and I think I babbled on about a Loretta Lynn song. But since then, I’ve thought about that question a great deal and still consider it one of the most creative questions I’ve ever gotten about my work. Because of that question, I now always think about a theme song for my novels.
Since “The Orange Blossom Special” is a song I always tie to Florida because the state is mentioned in the lyrics, I think it would be the perfect theme song for Man in the Blue Moon. There is hurriedness to the tempo that makes me think of Ella fighting against time to pay off the bank note and save the land that has been in her family for generations.