• contentment [listen] – for being happy, quietly content, and watching as the weather changes from sunny to stormy in a matter of seconds.

1. little talks – of monsters and men 2. round and round – imagine dragons 3. the writer – ellie goulding 4. this is not a test – she & him 5. super hero (english version) – lunafly 6. on top of the world – mandy moore 7. live like you’re dying – lenka  8. come back be here – taylor swift 9. corner – allie moss 10. rain – priscilla ahn 11. the real world – owl city 12. fix you – coldplay


Music makes the book go ’round

It’s no secret that I like music. Love it, more like. I listen to music pretty much all day – on iTunes, my mp3 player, with my robot speaker, my CD player…and when I can’ t do that, I sing it or I play it on the piano. Sometimes both (but not usually, because for some reason I can’t seem to sing and play at the same time).

I also listen to it while I’m writing. I create a specific playlist for each of my novels; some of which you’ve seen and some of which you haven’t. I pick different songs that fit the characters, the genre, and the theme; so I thought it would be fun to post my playlists for some of my novels here – who knows? You might find a new favorite song!


Brave – Nicole Nordeman

The Last Night – Skillet

Day by Day (Eng. Version) – Lunafly

This is Not a Test – She & Him

Stay Stay Stay – Taylor Swift

On Top of the World – Mandy Moore

To You – TeenTop


Wolf – Exo

She Wolf – David Guetta

Monster – Skillet

Trouble Is a Friend – Lenka

Corner – Allie Moss

Super Hero (Eng. Version) – Lunafly

I Would – One Direction


Red – Taylor Swift

What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction

Gonna Get Over You – Sara Bareilles

Love You Love You – Ran

No Other – Super Junior

If My Heart Was a House – Owl City

Daydreams – Breanne Duren

Everything About You – One Direction

Robot – C. N. Blue


 Alone Together – Fallout Boy

The Writer – Ellie Goulding

I Remember – Bang Yong Guk

Save You Tonight – One Direction

Trap – Henry

Punishment – Roh Ji Hoon

Iris – GooGoo Dolls


This Solemn Hour – Within Temptation

My Immortal – Evanescence

Give Me Your Heart – Romeo

Pax Deorum – Enya

Learn to be Lonely – Minnie Driver

Crazy – Daughtry

It’s the Fear – Within Temptation

Tick Tack – U-Kiss

Lost November – Diaura


Dead Inside – Skillet

Don’t Jump – Tokio Hotel

Kissed You (Goodnight) – Gloriana

Hero – Nickelback

Regret – Day of Fire

I Feel So Alive – Capital Kings

Treacherous – Taylor Swift

Demons – Imagine Dragons

 Innocent – Taylor Swift

Beautiful Disaster – Kelly Clarkson


Somethin Bout Love – David Archuletta

If Today was Your  Last Day – Nickelback

 All About Us – He is We

Falling For You – Colbie Callait

You Get Me – ZOEgirl

Can U Smile – INFINITE

Change My Mind – One Direction

Give Your Heart a Break – Demi Lovato

Blue Sky – Francesca Battistelli


Slipping Away – Greyson Chance

I See You – Leona Lewis

60 Seconds – Kim Sunggyu

They Don’t Know About Us – One Direction

Skinny Love – Birdy

My Song Knows What You Did in the Dark – Fallout Boy

Tiptoe – Imagine Dragons

Savior (Adam Young Remix) – Lights 



music + writing

I listen to music.

I listen to music all the time.

I listen to music on iTunes, in headphones, through my CD player, from my iPod, I sing it in the shower and at the park, I play it on the piano. I’m something of a music freak. Most importantly, though, I listen to it while I’m writing. Writing in silence is something I don’t much fancy, even though I can – but when I do, it doesn’t quite have the zing that it would otherwise.

A lot of people listen to music just to fill in the silence. I listen to music to feel things, even when I’m not writing. I have songs I listen to when I’m happy, when I’m sad, when I’m depressed, when I’m relaxed – and I have songs I listen to when I want to feel the opposite of how I do at any given moment.

Music has an effect how we feel, and how we feel has an effect on our actions. That’s why I create playlists for every novel I’m currently writing, and each one has a different theme. This is what the my iTunes home looks like. 


If you look at the list of playlists on the left, you’ll see I have one for every novel I’m currently writing. If you were to look at them, you would see that they all have very different songs in them. For instance, Acceso’s playlist is full of darker, heavier, more depressing and deep-lyriced (lyriced? Pretend it’s a word, okay) songs that solidify my Acceso mood when I write. It has songs by Skillet, Daughtry, the GazettE, and One OK Rock.


 The Meaning of Always has a playlist that looks quite different, being a more summer-themed, romantic story of getting past hardship and regaining faith. It’s much more cheerful than Acceso. It has songs by One Direction, Taylor Swift, Francesca Battistelli, David Archuleta and Owl City.


Thirty Percent Human (don’t get excited, it’s only a brainstorm) is more futuristic/cyborg oriented, so the playlist includes songs like “Humanoids” by TVXQ, “Robot” by C.N.Blue, and epic scores with futuristic sounds.


The Diamond Mask has a more gothic theme (once again, it’s only a brainstorm) so I have songs by Evanescence, Within Temptation, Romeo, and Hayley Westenra.


I have a playlist called ‘Sweet’ which is mostly made up of OSTs and nice, calm, cheery love songs.


All of these playlists are designed with the specific purpose to enhance my mood while writing a certain book. It’s like drugs without all the negative side effects (unless you count the fact that listening to depressing music might turn your mood a nice shade of blue, or listening to peppy-bouncy music might make you behave a bit like Pinkie Pie). Music is a powerful tool, especially while writing. Take it from me and don’t try and write a cheerful scene while listening to Day of Fire, and don’t try to write a heart-wrenchingly sad song while listening to B1A4. You’ll be working against yourself.

So in short, happy music = happy mood, sad music = sad mood, music + writing = a match made in heaven, if you use it well. What about you? Do you create playlists for your novels? Have you ever tried to write with clashing music and had it turn out as a horrible mess, or does it not bother you at all?