My BORN WICKED playlist was originally posted at Manga Maniac Cafe as part of my blog tour (click on the link for Julie’s fantastic review of BW) , but I thought it’d be fun to repost here. One of the questions we got a lot on the Breathless tour was whether we listen to music while we write. I can’t usually listen WHILE I’m writing (occasionally when I’m deep into drafting I can), but I do a lot of daydreaming and brainstorming walks with my iPod.

Here are five bands/singers whose albums I listened on repeat while writing BORN WICKED, with samples of lyrics that inspired me!

1. A Fine Frenzy:

“Almost Lover” Goodbye my almost lover / Goodbye my hopeless dream / I’m trying not to think about you / Can’t you just let me be?

2. Adele:

“Turning Tables” Next time I’ll be braver / I’ll be my own savior

3. Florence and the Machine:

“Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)” You made a deal, and now it seems you have to offer up/ But will it ever be enough? (Raise it up, raise it up) /  It’s not enough (Raise it up, raise it up)

Here I am, a rabbit hearted girl / Frozen in the headlights / It seems I’ve made the final sacrifice

I must become a lion hearted girl /  Ready for a fight /  Before I make the final sacrifice

“Drumming Song” There’s a drumming noise inside my head / That starts when you’re around / I swear that you could hear it / it makes such an almighty sound / Louder than sirens/ Louder than bells / Sweeter than heaven / and hotter than hell

4. Mumford & Sons:

“Sigh No More” Love; it will not betray you / Dismay or enslave you / it will set you free / Be more like the man you were made to be

“White Blank Page” But tell me now, where was my fault / in loving you with my whole heart

“Roll Away Your Stone”  It seems that all my bridges have been burned / But you say, “That’s exactly how this grace thing works.”

Stars hide your fires / For these here are my desires / And I won’t give them up to you this time around / And so I’ll be found / With my stake stuck in the ground / Marking the territory of this newly impassioned soul

5. Snow Patrol:

“You Could Be Happy”  You could be happy  and I won’t know / But you weren’t happy the day I watched you go / And all the things that I wished I had not said / Are played in loops til it’s madness in my head

You could be happy, I hope you are / You made me happier than I’ve been by far

“Make This Go On Forever” Please don’t let this turn into something it’s not / I can only give you everything I’ve got / I can’t be as sorry as you think I should / But I still love you more than anyone else could

“Open Your Eyes” Get up, get out, get away from these liars / ‘Cause they don’t get your soul or your fire / Take my hand, knot your fingers through mine / And we’ll walk from this dark room for the last time

What do you think? Are there any songs that YOU think fit BORN WICKED?


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