Music Inspires Me

I write to music. It's the only way I can focus and tune out the world and noise around me. However, I don't write to just any music. It has to be familiar and what I've listened to before. My favorite Pandora station is OneRepublic and I've tailored it to my tastes. Sometimes they throw something new at me and it actually pulls me out of my writing zone while I listen to it.

Some of the bands I particularly like are:

Mat Kearney
The Fray
The Script
Snow Patrol
Linkin Park
Maroon 5

Submit a song you feel portrays any of the books I've written, even if it's just a small part.

Here's a couple YouTube favorites from my personal channel: (Oh yeah, please join my channel.)

OneRepublic- All this time  If this song could be instrumental until the chorus, it would
fit perfectly for the scene in A Diamond in my Pocket where Chris **SPOILER ALERT**
(highlight to read) watches the diamond explode and then rushes out to Calli and lifts her off the stone table cradling her in his arms. I've always imagined that scene in a slow motion kind of chaos with people running this way and that, and Chris in a complete state of despair as he gently picks her up and holds her tight pleading for help.  I especially like the music at about 2:33.

Lifehouse- Between the Raindrops  I like many of Lifehouse's songs! Between the Raindrops resonated with me as I was editing chapter one of The Diamond of Freedom **SPOILER ALERT** (highlight to read) Chapter one picks up where book 2 ends with Chris and Calli driving toward Miami to meet his uncle. At this point in their journey, everything is good, ideal, romantic, and they are one in purpose. Of course, the book would be boring if it stayed that way for too long.

Mat Kearney- All I Need also fits the end of book 2 and beginning of book 3, but with a different feel.

Linkin Park- Waiting for the End is absolutely perfect for capturing the inner feelings of Calli in A Diamond in my Pocket. **SPOILER ALERT** (highlight to read) "Waiting for the end to come, wishing I had strength to stand, this is not what I had planned, it's out of my control ... I know what it takes to move on, I know how it feels to lie, all I wanna do is trade this life for something new, holding on to what I haven't got." I think this song fits well for the scene in Pocket where Calli has just viewed Chris's future for the last time and sees that he'll live because she'll die. She sits in the bathroom knowing what she must do, but not completely ready to do it. She knows her powers were never hers to keep. "The hardest part of ending is starting again."

Kodaline- All I Want recently showed up on my Pandora station. 'All I Want' lyrics spoke to me as I typed a particularly sad scene in book 3 of The Unaltered.

REO Speedwagon- In My Dreams -- submitted by a fan

Kodaline- High Hopes

Imagine Dragons- Demons

Coldplay- Fix You

Imagine Dragons- Nothing left to say --submitted by a fan
This song fits perfectly at the end of book three. When Calli is at the cabin in Maine, after the major event that has happened, she walks down to the lake, feeling quite depressed. The energy of this song is amazingly similar to the feel of the end of the book.

Matt Walters- I would die for you

Snow Patrol- Chasing Cars

Bastille- Oblivon
This song depicts Chris's dilemma in the series. He knows Calli will outlive him, due to her being semi-immortal (sort of.) He watches her "zone out" as she uses the powers of the diamond, wondering where she's gone in her mind. He's not jealous, he just knows he can't go with her. He is not her equal. Will he be able to accept the fact?

For more songs, join my channel on YouTube. I have playlists for each book. See you soon!!


  1. I think High Hopes fits the end of book 3 =)

  2. My vote is on Imagine Dragons -Demons for best song for the end of diamond of freedom. Also this one: Nothing left to say. At 4:15 it goes instrumental and fits the last part of the book perfectly if you read fast. Start at the point where Calli walks out the lake and sits on the rock. It has the perfect emotional feel, at least I think it does. -Bonnie

  3. Definately "High Hopes". It fits pretty much books 2 & 3