Publication date: November 11th 2014
Music is a huge part of writing for me. I get a lot of those initial spark ideas from listening to music while I’m driving, exercising or showering. This holds true for Entertaining Angels. The inspiration struck in the car.
I thought I’d share some of the music that helped shape Entertaining Angels.General Music for Samantha or the Angels:Beethoven’s 5th Secrets by The Piano Guys – This song and the next are the same song, just different versions and they are the theme songs for the whole book/series. If I was only able to listen to two songs while writing the rest of the series, that would be okay because they carry the entire feeling of it.
Secrets by Bryson Andres – This is just one guy, playing all the different instrument parts on his violin with a looper. The song inspires me so much.
Never Let Me Go by Florence and the Machine – I really connected with this song while writing Entertaining Angels, it just belongs to Terem. I get inside his head while listening to it.
Adagio for Tron (Remixed by the Teddybears) off of the Tron: Legacy Reconfigured album – This is one of my go to songs that is shows up on multiple playlists, because it just pumps me up, helps me shut off my head and just gets me in the zone. Almost like a hypnotism trigger, but for writing.
Mirrors by Bryson Andres – This one has a good swimming pool vibe, for the pool scenes and an overall happy vibe to counteract/balance some of the less happy bits.
For the tough, serial killer, attack and/or fight scenes:
How to Be Eaten by a Woman by The Glitchmob – This has a great battle vibe and features in other of my book playlists. Love this song.Tear You Apart by She Wants Revenge – This worked to get me into the stalker scenes mindset.
Monologue by She Wants Revenge – If there was a theme song for the stalker/attacker in Entertaining Angels, this would be it. I think I listened to this one on repeat while writing one really tough scene.
Out of Control by She Wants Revenge – Has that intense vibe that the others do. Just keeps you in the mindset, because coupled with the other songs the beat propagates the sinister feel.
Disconnect by She Wants Revenge – If you’re not paying attention to the words, the beat is one you can bop your head to, but then you start to notice the words and while I’m writing about someone who is playing a cat and mouse game with the main character in the most horrific way, gooseflesh rises.
Those ten are just a small sampling of a much larger playlist. They are ones that felt like they had more specific meaning or that were more essential overall.
Here is one song from the second book’s playlist. It feels like the theme song for a new character that will be introduced and who is integral in the second book: Seven Devils by Florence and the Machine
“Well hello, Kitten.” She smiles down at me. There is real affection in the look she gives me. “Welcome back.”
“Welcome back? Did I go somewhere?”
“You did. You were quite determined to go despite our best efforts.” Her eyebrows rise a fraction. “Gave us quite a scare, you did.” She nods at me.
“What happened? Last thing I remember, I was talking to the police. Oh…” I remember the blood and the gagging. I remember flashes of light, the walls and then warmth like I’ve never felt before. I glance at the nurse. She’s watching me, wearing a peculiar look, her eyes all knowing. She’s waiting for me to work it all out. “I died.”
“You sure gave it your best shot.” She nods again. “But Dr. Anchine is a stubborn man. He refuses to let anyone get the best of him. Not even death.” She checks my IV and then places a hand over mine. Her skin is soft. I suddenly have the feeling that I’ve met her before, maybe even know her.
“Have I woken up before?”
“Nope. We weren’t sure you would wake up. You were poisoned. It’s not something we’ve ever seen before. It took its time working through your system, shutting you down real slow like. Stealthy.”
I notice a couch at the end of the bed with a blanket scattered in a messy, slept in way and a half reclined chair. “Where are my parents?”
“They went down to the cafeteria to get some breakfast. Would you like me to find them?”
I nod as desperation to see them again wells up fast and hard inside me, nearly knocking the breath from my chest. “Wait.” The nurse turns back, I look at her nametag for the first time. Lucy. “How long have I been gone for?”
“Four days.” She gives me a sad smile and turns away, back into the hallway. For just a second, with the dimness of the room and the brightness of the lights in the hall spilling in around her, she looks like an angel. I shiver at the memory of my last encounter with an angel, and turn away not wanting any connection to form between the kind nurse and those horrifying moments.
About the Author
Monica’s favorite quote is, “People do not see the world as it is, they see it as they are.” She is not sure who said it but it is a quote that has always stuck with her. She loves to read because it allows her to see the world through someone else’s perspective and experience something she would otherwise never be able to. Sharing that same experience with others through her own writing is a possibility that makes her excited to get out of bed in the morning.
She lives in Wasilla, Alaska with all her critters, some four legged and others that stand on two. She writes Science fiction, fantasy, and Paranormal for young adults.