I’ve found that when writing it is important to have the right sort of music as a background soundtrack. I spend an awful lot of time hunting for new bands and songs that I’ve heard on TV shows and in films, and whenever I go anywhere my iPod has to come with me. There’s something wonderful about a long bus or train journey spent looking out of the window and listening to music, watching as fields and forests go whizzing by.

Music can evoke all kinds of inspiration and emotion. I like anything that is haunting and beautiful, that really seems to capture that one feeling that can’t quite be described (as much as we try as writers!) I still find it amazing that I can be feeling completely unmotivated to write one minute, only to find the words flowing out of my fingertips when a certain song comes on.

There are a lot of songs that have been key to setting the tone and inspiring the world I have been trying to create, so I thought I would note some of these down for you to check out and hopefully find similar inspiration.

Black – The Birthday Massacre
Holiday – The Birthday Massacre
People Are Strange – Johnny Hollow
Just a Fragment of You – Alex Gonzalez from M83 & Brian Reitzell
I Only Have Eyes For You – The Flamingos
Pins and Needles – The Birthday Massacre
Memories – Within Temptation
Moonlight Serenade – Glenn Miller
Boats and Birds – Gregory and the Hawk
Runaway – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
No One Would Riot For Less – Bright Eyes
1901 – Birdy

I have tons more, so will likely be posting more songs as I go along. I love to share music, as well as discover it, so please get in touch if you have any secret songs to write to that you would like to tell the world about!

Stay tuned!