Last week I told you about Destruction
by Sharon Bayliss. Today you’re in for a treat because Sharon is here to talk about one of my favorite things: music! When I write, I love listening to the playlists I created for my 18 Things
trilogy on Spotify, and you can check them out here
if you’d life. But enough about me, take it away, Sharon!
Music is an important part of my writing process. I don’t listen to music while I actually write, but I’m most creative when I listen to music while I jog. Something about the music and exercise combination really makes my creative juices flow. I “write” most of my best scenes while jogging. I compiled some of the songs that I remember listening to while writing the original draft of Destruction
in 2011 and 2012.Here are some of the lyrics that stood out to me:”Light up, light up
As if you have a choice
Even if you cannot hear my voice
I’ll be right beside you dear”
–Run by Snow Patrol
“And I am done with my graceless heart
So tonight I’m gonna cut it out and then restart
‘Cause I like to keep my issues drawn
It’s always darkest before the dawn”
–Shake It Out by Florence + The Machine
“All the black inside me is slowly seeping from the bone
Everything I cherish is slowly dying or it’s gone”
–Pyro by Kings of Leon
“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”
–Sigh No More by Mumford and Sons
“We’re all weeping now, weeping because
There ain’t nothing we can do to protect you
Lift up your voice, lift up your voice”
–O Children by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
“If Heaven and Hell decideThat they both are satisfied
Illuminate the “No”‘s on their vacancy signs
If there’s no one beside you
When your soul embarks
Then I’ll follow you into the dark”
–I Will Follow You Into The Dark
by Death Cab for Cutie
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Introducing a new dark wizard family drama, Destruction by Sharon Bayliss, Book One in The December People Series.
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David Vandergraff wants to be a good man. He goes to church every Sunday, keeps his lawn trim and green, and loves his wife and kids more than anything. Unfortunately, being a dark wizard isn’t a choice.
Eleven years ago, David’s secret second family went missing. When his two lost children are finally found, he learns they suffered years of unthinkable abuse. Ready to make things right, David brings the kids home even though it could mean losing the wife he can’t imagine living without.
Keeping his life together becomes harder when the new children claim to be dark wizards. David believes they use this fantasy to cope with their trauma. Until, David’s wife admits a secret of her own—she is a dark wizard too, as is David, and all of their children.
Now, David must parent two hurting children from a dark world he doesn’t understand and keep his family from falling apart. All while dealing with the realization that everyone he loves, including himself, may be evil.
Sharon Bayliss is the author of The December People Series and The Charge. When she’s not writing, she enjoys living happily-ever-after with her husband and two young sons. She can be found eating Tex-Mex on patios, wearing flip-flops, and playing in the mud (which she calls gardening). She only practices magic in emergencies.
What about you? Do you create playlists for your books? See any of your favorite songs on Sharon’s playlist? Do you listen to music while you write?