I am hugely influenced by music when i'm writing. Every book I write has a playlist that develops as the manuscript progresses, and it really helps me to stay in the mood of the story to have it on in the background as I work.
Is anyone else as addicted to Spotify as I am? I'm sure I could write it off against taxes as an essential expense; it gives me untold pleasure to see my manuscript titles listed down the side bar with their appropriate playlists.
I find that I tailor the lists more to the hero than the heroine, i'm not sure why that is! My previous manuscript featured a gorgeous Irish hero, so Del Amitri featured highly on the playlist, along with The Script & U2. I only have to put that list on now and i'm right back in that book again, I like how those songs now make me nostalgic for the book.
The book i'm writing just now has a real bad boy at it's heart - think Eric Northman crossed with Sawyer and you're getting somewhere close. His playlist is full of good old dirty stuff - INXS, Robert Plant... Pour Some Sugar On Me, anyone? Any suggestions for similar smut-tastic stuff gratefully received.
How about you? What's on your current playlist and why?