Music on Repeat: My DECEIVED Playlist

I think I wore out a few downloads while writing Deceived. I’m getting more questions than ever about my writing playlists and I thought it was time to share.

My YA suspense, DECEIVED, released last fall. I had an amazing time writing that story, partly because of the music. Are you like that? Music makes everything better for me. Even a year later, when one of these songs pop up on shuffle, my mind jumps into the scenes they inspired.

Music inspires, enhances and practically writes half my scenes for me. I use music to get into character, to set the mood and to add another layer of emotion to every scene.

These are the songs that brought Elle, Pixie and Brian to life for me. Now, if you’re a music snob, you might hate me because I’m very surface about music. I know what I like and when I hear something that’s perfect for something, I use it.

Okay, I arranged them by chapter because I’m like that. LOL. I have playlists for each character too, but these were the songs I spent the most time with while writing.

Only happy When it Rains – Garbage (playing on Pixie’s alarm over the sound of the shower in chapter 1)

Spiderwebs – No Doubt (on inside Buzz Cup after she runs there from library, chapter 4)

That’s My Jam – Relient K (In Pixie’s Car chapter 4 when she picks Elle up from Buzz Cup)

Paradise – Coldplay (on headphones as Elle falls asleep early in book to playlist & ear buds in chapter 5)

King and Lionheart – Of monsters and men (as she walks to the wall before school Chapter 6)

Make this Place Your Home – Phillip Phillips (When Brian drives her home from the library in Chapter 7)

Just a Girl – No Doubt (Playing on Pixie’s stereo as they drive to the gas station in Chapter 8)

Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana (Playing inside gas station. Attendant is playing air guitar to it Chapter 8)

The Fighter – Gym Class Heroes (Playing at the Pier in Chapter 9)

Should I Stay or Should I Go Now – The Clash (On the radio in Brian’s Jeep when he takes her to his place for dinner, chapter 11)

You Really Got Me – The Kinks (Playing on the radio in the background/ inside his cottage during dinner)

Calling You – Blue October (on in the Jeep when he says he will always be watching out for her, even after she leaves for school in the fall and makes a life for herself Chapter 15)

Mr. Brightside – The Killers (Playing at the Pier when Elle & Nicholas go to get Pixie, Chapter 15)

Run – Snow Patrol (Playing in Nicholas’ Jeep as they take Pixie to her new life Chapter 15)

Come on Get Higher – Matt Nathanson (when they kiss – Chapter 16)

I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons (On in Nicholas’ SUV as he tells her about how he came to watch over her, Chapter 18)

We Will Rock You – Queen (When he’s getting her something from the kitchen and humming an old rock anthem, Chapter 19)

Enter Sandman – Metallica (Chapter 20 as she sees the glow and runs for her life)

Things will change – Treetop flyers (on radio as they drive away from campus to local rendezvous Chapter 20)

Dream On – Aerosmith (Playing in Sarah’s car when she steals her away for coffee, Chapter 21)

All the Small Things – Blink 182 (On in the car driving to the Austen home for the first time Chapter 24)

Uprising – Muse (running through the woods & fighting for her life, beating her dram, her monster, Chapter 31)

Unwritten- Natasha Bedingfield (Final scene. She’s off to start her real life, Chapter 33)

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