As many of you know, before I start a new book, I compile a playlist of songs to listen to while writing that book. The playlist changes with every book, but long ago, I learned that writing to a particular group of songs helps put me in the right frame of mind for that particular story. I also revise a book listening to the same playlist I wrote it to because it helps get me back in the mindset. Basically, I’m treating myself like one of Pavlov’s dogs, only with much less drool :)).
Even years or over a decade later, hearing any of the songs from those old playlists brings me mentally back to the book I wrote them to. For example, if I hear Hero of the Day by Metallica, I think of writing HALFWAY TO THE GRAVE. Or, if I hear Try by P!nk, I think of writing TWICE TEMPTED. More recently, you’ll know what I’m thinking of when I hear Imagine Dragon’s “Whatever It Takes,” if you read SHADES OF WICKED’s playlist. *snickers*
So, here’s what I listened to while writing WICKED BITE. Usual disclaimer: there’s no hidden meaning for the book in these songs, unless I note a song with an asterisk and tell you the meaning it had for me. Some songs are recent hits, some are retro, and some are in between. Also, music tastes are as personal as reading tastes, so if you don’t like some of the bands/songs, no problem! Just please don’t tell me that I shouldn’t like them, because if a song/band is listed, then I do and no arguing on your part will change my mind :).
The layout is artist name: songs. Artists are in alphabetical order for ease of listing, but this isn’t the order that I listened to while writing because I could never be that organized.
AJR: Sober Up, Burn The House Down
Alec Benjamin: Let Me Down Slowly
Andy Grammar: Don’t Give Up On Me
Avril Lavigne: Head Above Water
Bad Wolves: Zombie
Barenaked Ladies: You Run Away
Blue October: I Hope You’re Happy
Brynn Elliott: Might Not Like Me
Coldplay: Hymn For The Weekend
Dawes: Living In The Future
Fink: Looking Too Closely*
Flora Cash: You’re Somebody Else
Florence + The Machine: Sky Full of Song
Flyleaf: Cage On The Ground
Foo Fighters: Times Like These
Garbage: Push It
Hollywood Undead: Gotta Let Go
Imagine Dragons: Rise Up, Bad Liar
Judah & The Lion: Take It All Back
Kelly Clarkson: Dark Side
Linkin Park: Heavy
Maddie Poppe: Going, Going, Gone
Need To Breathe: Hard Love
Nine Lashes: Afterglow
Panic at the Disco: High Hopes
Rob Thomas: The Great Unknown, Pieces
Shawn Mendes: In My Blood
Shinedown: Special, Get Up, Monsters. Creatures, Unity
The Fray: All At Once, Hurricane, Syndicate, Love Don’t Die
Goo Goo Dolls: Use Me, Over and Over
Thriving Ivory: Angels on the Moon
U2: Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way
Vance Joy: Fire and the Flood
Walk the Moon: Kamikaze
*This song was on repeat during many of the scenes where Veritas wrestles with who she is, and who she’s been told that she is. The song is moody and atmospheric, and the lyrics, such as “Truth is like blood underneath your fingernails / And you don’t wanna hurt yourself, hurt yourself / Looking too closely” really fit her struggle with that, and it fit some of her internal struggles over Ian, too.
Don’t think that one song matches the whole tenor of the book, though. Those of you who’ve read WICKED BITE know there’s lots of action, humor, and heat, too. Also, every time I heard the lyrics “My favorite color is you” from AJR’s song “Sober Up,” I couldn’t help but think that Ian absolutely would say something that irreverent, senseless, and yet truthful about Veritas.