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Tainted Love Playlist

It’s no secret that I love writing with music playing. As I mentioned in the last post, Ari and J.D.’s story started with Daryl Hall’s “Why Was It So Easy?” Specifically, the version with Butch Walker featured on Live From Daryl’s House.

As the story grew, so did the song references. Not just in the titles for each blog post, but within the story itself, supporting the story and adding another voice. At one point, the music felt like an off-camera omniscient narrator throwing in J.D. and Lance’s point of view at times. As the story changed, so did the timelines and the songs. Some of the music has remained from the original but new music was added in the last rewrite as others were removed.

A lot of people connect to music and connect to others through music. That’s one of the purposes it serves in this story, not just Ari, Warren, and J.D. connected to music, but connecting to each other through it. We also tend to mark time and major events to songs we love and even songs we end up loathing. Like my sophomore year in college I was studying in my dorm (similar to Ari’s, but a different tower and closer to the apartments) and a local deejay decided to play “Just A Friend” by Biz Markie on repeat. It got to the comical stage where, because we all had our windows open, everyone listening to that station turned up the music and started singing along across the courtyard. Good times. Or the time my bestie went with me to Chula Vista to say goodbye to a friend who was leaving for boot camp and while listening to Depeche Mode’s Music for the Masses, “Never Let Me Down Again” started and we got excited at the same time.

Even breakups are a time we fall into music, listening to the same sad song over and over again. For me, “The Flame” reminds me of one person and “One Last Cry” another. The last time I lived with my brother, he played “Missing” by Everything But The Girl on repeat when he and his girlfriend at the time were on the outs.

Like real life, music marks time and events, good and bad, for Ari. From “To Look At You” to “The Different Story” to “Higher Love” to “Sign Your Name,” each holds a specific memory, a specific emotion, and a connection for her.

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Posted by on May 11, 2021 in Uncategorized


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The Downward Spiral Playlist


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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, music is important to me. It’s part of my soul and I don’t know what I would do without it. My mother was never able to get me to study without it…because advice back then was for students to have a quiet, uninterrupted study area for homework. There are times I like quiet, but study time back then and writing time now has to be accompanied by music – it helps me focus.

The playlist I started for The Downward Spiral was originally over thirteen hours. That’s how I always start playlists, with more than fits. Through feeling whether or not the music I chose really fit the story, I whittled it down to seven hours and fourteen minutes.

Like Family Ties, each song has a place in the storyline and flows from beginning to end like the story does. Enjoy!

Synopsis: Kyle Morgan is an artist, driven by emotion, living with his twin sister, Kyra, driven by reason. He was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder when they were sixteen and tried to commit suicide multiple times since then–the last time, a year before he moved in with Kyra. Stressors pile up on Kyle: his girlfriend breaks up with him again, his twin micro-manages his life, and his parents and older sister continue to deny he has a mental illness. When Kyra finds Kyle after another suicide attempt, she becomes more controlling out of fear of losing him.

Kyle turns the tables and pushes his twin into a relationship with Finn O’Brien, a man he thinks is perfect for her, while he seeks a delicate balance for his own life. Through Finn, Kyra finds a man who isn’t out to use her or keeps one foot out the door. As Kyle settles into life with less interference, he finds love with a witty single mother, Gloria Ramos.

Kyle makes an effort to live in a world that does not understand him while Kyra learns to set aside her fears to focus on herself. When disaster strikes, his stressors return in full force, but Kyra steps back despite her desire to protect her brother. It’s up to Kyle to choose whether to succumb to his internal demons or to live with the constant pain, determining the fate of both of their lives.

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Posted by on September 5, 2016 in Uncategorized


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Family Ties Playlist


Family Ties

Family Ties is now out in paperback and what better way to celebrate than share the music I listened to while writing it?

When I started writing Sara’s story, oh so many years ago, mp3s were starting to creep into the market. If you know me, you know it’s rare for me to have any type of technology as soon as it is released. I’m one of those consumers who will sit and wait for the hubbub to die down. Lacking the latest technology, I stuck with our trusty CD player, set on repeat. I can’t tell you how many times I listened to Dizzy Up The Girl by Goo Goo Dolls before Chaz bought me an iPod.

Enter: The Playlist.

Anyone remember making mixtapes? They were the best. With iTunes, I was able to make as many playlists as I wanted. It wasn’t long before I formed the basis for the Family Ties playlist, adding in songs as they were released.

I know there are writers who make their playlists based on the songs they like, old and new. With Family Ties, I formed a playlist not only of songs that I liked, but that also fit the tone of the story. Using that formula to make my writing playlists helps me to draw from the music while I write and keeps me going.



Family Ties is now available in the following markets:

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Amazon UK (ebook & paperback)
Amazon JP (ebook)
Amazon DE (ebook & paperback)
Amazon FR (ebook & paperback)

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Posted by on July 22, 2015 in Uncategorized


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