I am one of those authors who needs music while writing. My general mood music is a personalized station on Pandora with an eclectic mix of alternative. Some songs have linked themselves in my head to specific projects, which I’ve shared below. The entire set of lyrics is not a literal interpretation of a story. Sometimes it’s just a phrase or two, or even just the theme and tone of the song. Song titles link out to the official music videos on YouTube.
BOOK/STORY THEME SONGS
“The Reluctant Master” (Steel Forged #1): “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon
“Thicker Than Blood” (Steel Forged #2): “Uprising” by Muse
“Children at Play” (Steel Forged #3): “Hey Brother” by Avicii
“Untitled” (a coda to STEEL MAGIC): “Stressed Out” by Twenty One Pilots
“Untitled” (a coda to STEEL BLOOD):“Young and Beautiful” by Lana Del Rey
STEEL TIME: “Centuries” by Fall Out Boy
STEEL SHADOWS: “Wake Me Up” by Avicii
OTHER THEME SONGS
Toria’s Theme: “Thunder” by Imagine Dragons
Kane and Archer’s Theme: “Fire and the Flood” by Vance Joy
Toria and Liam’s Theme: “Something Just Like This” by The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
Mikelos and [*]’s Theme: “Happier” by Marshmellow ft. Bastille
*Information redacted in order to avoid spoilers.