Every book writing experience differs for me. Sometimes, I write in silence and edit with music. Other times, I write with music and edit in silence. And more often than not, I write and edit with music. The Demon Within series has had a lot of musical influences, but mostly for the characters. I’ve narrowed down my playlist for Haunted to my top 5 favorite songs if you’re interested in listening.
- Demons by Imagine Dragons
Demons was a huge inspiration for Cami’s character in Haunted. She has lived for months with this notion that she is somehow evil because of her birthright, and all she wants to do is protect those she cares for. Demons captures her struggle through the entire series.
They say it’s what you make
I say it’s up to fate
It’s woven in my soul
I need to let you go
Your eyes, they shine so bright
I want to save their light
I can’t escape this now
Unless you show me how
- Anthem of the Angels by Breaking Benjamin
Anthem of the Angels perfectly captures Dylan’s feelings for Cami in Haunted. He wants nothing more than to see her pull through her inner struggles, and his devotion to her surpasses all reason.
Days go on forever,
But I have not left your side.
We can chase the dark together,
If you go then so will I.
There is nothing left of you,
I can see it in your eyes.
Sing the anthem of the angels,
And say the last goodbye.
- Haunted by Taylor Swift
Haunted is the namesake of the novel and captures Cami’s feelings on an emotional level. She feels like she’s drowning in everything wrong in her life, and all she wants is to fight and save those she can.
Stood there and watched you walk away
From everything we had
But I still mean every word I said to you
He will try to take away my pain
And he just might make me smile
But the whole time I’m wishing he was you instead
- Angels Fall by Breaking Benjamin
Angels Fall sums up Cami’s relationship with Evan in Haunted. Evan, like Dylan, plays a huge role in Cami’s life. Every relationship molds Cami into who she is, but with Evan, it reminds her of how unfair life can be.
Gray skies will chase the light away
I fought the fight now only dark remains
Divided I will stand
And I will let this end
When angels fall with broken wings
I can’t give up, I can’t give in
When all is lost and daylight ends
I’ll carry you and we will live forever, forever
The sun begins to rise
And wash away the sky
The turning of the tide
Don’t leave it all behind
And I will never say goodbye
- Ungodly Hour by The Fray
Ungodly Hour captures the anguish and hope Cami drowns in through Haunted. Just when she feels certain about her life, everything changes and forces her to realize that the only thing she can be certain in life is who she is.
And I am short on words knowing what’s occurred
And she begins to leave because of me
Her bag is now much heavier
I wish that I could carry her
But this is our ungodly hour
You can listen to the playlist here:
I hope you enjoy my song selection and connect to them the way I did while writing Haunted. If you haven’t picked up your copy of Haunted, it is now available across all major e-retailers.