Music To Demon By
My dear inklings, I realized I've been remiss in sharing my writing music with you. So, without further ado or adon't, here are my playlists for the first two novels in the Demons of Saltmarch Series, as well as characters and scenes the music inspired....
Once upon a time, dear inklings, I told you the story of how my Demons of Saltmarch came into being.
To recap: I dreamed about a forbidding figure on a bridge, and I recorded the imagery in my dream journal. I knew that at some point, those images would turn into a fantasy novel. A few months later, I was pushing and prodding my vacuum cleaner into sucky submission whilst listening to the INXS album The Greatest Hits.
And BAM! there was the rest of the story.
There is an entire blog post, by the way, on receiving creative inspiration while engaging in the mundane. But that is another story and shall be told another time.
Anyway, the song that really got me that day in my hallway was “Suicide Blonde.”
Got some revelation put into your hands
Save you from your misery
Like rain across the land
Don’t you see
The colour of deception
Turning your world around again.
And that, my loves, was how Colors of Deception was born. As of last week, you are now acquainted with its younger sibling, Shadows after Midnight, as well.
Recalling the INXS lyrics that helped bring my demons to paper (in more ways than one), I realized I’ve been remiss in sharing my writing playlists with you. So, without further ado or adon’t, here are the songs that inspired scenes and characters for the first two Demons of Saltmarch novels:
Colors of Deception
Suicide Blonde (Dante)
The Strangest Party (Holly and Peter)
Taste It (Dante and Holly)
Devil Inside (Holly in chapel)
Heaven Sent (Holly, driving)
The Gift (Dante in the cave)
Need You Tonight (Dante and Holly)
Deliver Me (Dante)
Baby Don’t Cry (Dante’s denouement)
Afterglow (Dante’s epilogue)
Shadows after Midnight
All songs by INXS. The Shadows playlist also included all the songs from Colors.
Original Sin (Dante)
I Send a Message (Dante and Holly)
The Swing (Peter)
Johnson’s Pendulum (Eileen)
Love Is What I Say (Peter and Dante)
Burn for You (Dante and Holly)
For Stains of Grace, I branched out from INXS. But if I share that playlist with you, you’ll get all sorts of icky spoilers, so I don’t wanna do that. ; ) I can tell you, though, that it includes Linkin Park, Breaking Benjamin, Porcupine Tree, and Apocalyptica.
Yeah. I mix stuff. ; )
And with that, I’ll leave you with the words of Dante’s favorite musician:
Yes, it’s me,
I am the one
To make you see
Where we belong.
All the time
Without a scream
In the dead of night,
All those faces
Come back to me.
I’ll be begging
To swim that sea.
A need to quench
The thirst of many
And make ready
Owes us strength to show.
If you’re uncertain
You’re invited to believe.*
*Lyrics by Michael Hutchence and Andrew Farriss.