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Inspiration

With each book I write, I need a soundtrack, something to put me into the right mindspace for the characters and the story. I thought it might be fun to share that here. For Andrea and Kallan, I had two albums I listened to non-stop during the writing of the first draft and the revising. The first was Fit to Be Tied by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, and the second was the soundtrack to the first Shrek movie.

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts: Fit to Be Tied
1. Bad Reputation
2. Light of Day
3. Do You Wanna Touch (Oh Yeah)
4. Roadrunner
5. I Love Rock & Roll
6. Victim of Circumstance
7. I Hate Myself for Loving You
8. Crimson and Clover
9. Fake Friends
10. Make Believe
11. Cherry Bomb
12. Little Liar
13. World of Denial
14. Love Is All Around

Shrek Soundtrack
1. Stay Home by Self
2. I'm a Believer by Smashmouth
3. Like Wow by Leslie Carter
4. It Is You (I Have Loved) by Dana Glover
5. Best Years of Our Lives (Micks Mix) by Baha Men
6. Bad Reputation by Halfcocked
7. My Beloved Monster by Eel
8. You Belong to Me by Jason Wade
9. All Star by Smashmouth 10. Hallelujah by Rufus Wainwright 11. I'm on My Way (Album version) by The Proclaimers 12. I'm a Believer (reprise) by Eddie Murphy 13. True Love's First Kiss by Harry Gregson-Williams

When I was working on further revisions and copy edits, I used three movie soundtracks for my background music: Troy,The Clash of the Titans, and The Wrath of the Titans. These three were almost entirely instrumental, which was great, because I didn't need distracting vocals I'd want to sing along with while I was doing that portion of the editing. I also specifically chose those three because of the movies they were from, knowing that I'd have all that awesome Greek mythology imagery in my head as I worked.