Words & Music Monday with Anya Bast

One of my favorite authors has a new book coming out!!!! This week we get to see what’s happening, musically, inside the head of NYT bestseller Anya Bast! EMBRACE OF THE DAMNED comes out tomorrow… so THANK YOU to Anya for taking some “pre-release” time out for us.

I use music all the time when I write. I’ve said more than once that I think my iPod and iTunes purchases should be a tax deduction because they’re tools I use every day. Music seems to help facilitate the firing of my synapses. It helps me daydream less and get into the mood of a scene. My productivity is higher when I’ve got music on, although I do have to keep the sound pretty low. If the music I’m listening to is too loud, it overwhelms me and breaks my concentration.

Sometimes I make specific playlists for the books I write and sometimes I just use my main playlist. It depends. The type of book I’m writing usually influences the music I buy at any given time. For example, when I was writing my Dark Magick series (dark paranormal faerie romance), I purchased a lot of Angelzoom and Apocalyptica, along with other bands that produce a haunting, darkly fantastical, yet edgy sort of a sound.

I typically go for alternative bands or bands that are lesser known with a grungy rock type of sound, sometimes with a classic sort of feel. I almost never will choose a slow, romantic song or ballad, and I’m really, really picky about the music I buy. I know the sound I like and don’t want to waste my time on anything else. Can I classify the sound I like? I wish, but not really. I know it when I hear it. That said, I have everything from Billie Holliday to Nine Inch Nails on my iPod. My all time favorite song is Three Little Birds (Bob Marley) and I think it always will be.

Here’s a sample of the songs I’m listening to the most these days. Some of these songs have been on my most played list for a long time, but a lot of the music seems to shift around over time:

  1. Abraham’s Daughter – Arcade Fire
  2. Broken – Amy Lee and Seether
  3. Stop a Bullet – Black Light Burns
  4. Icky Thump – The White Stripes
  5. Three Little Birds – Bob Marley
  6. The Anthem – Good Charlotte
  7. Know Your Enemy – Green Day
  8. Fuck You – Lily Allen
  9. A Case of You – Joni Mitchell
  10. Cokkha — Apocalyptica
  11. Bang Pop – Free Energy
  12. You Got Me – Crash Kings
  13. Calling All Angels – Jane Siberry and K.D. Lang

This is a pretty good representation of the kind of music I listened to when I was writing Embraced of the Damned (May 1st). The paranormal romance that I write tends to be pretty action-packed, dark, and have a fast pace.

I think most of the music I listen to helps me to maintain the energy in my stories. If they took away my iPod tomorrow I don’t know what I would do!

Want a shot at winning an autographed copy of Embrace of the Damned? Leave a comment with one of your favorite songs.



  1. Comment by caitymack:

    Fabulous list, Anya. One of my favorite songs is Jar of Hearts by Christina Perri.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  2. Comment by Alexandra:

    Great post!! My favorite song at the moment is Under and over it by Five Finger Death Punch. I just love it!!

  3. Comment by Deana Potter:

    I love that you have Bob Marley on the list Anya!!! I love all kinda of music, and always have it on while reading!!! My ipod is always attached!! Congrats on the new Book!!!

  4. Comment by Lisa Kessler:

    Great blog! 🙂

    I love the Lily Allen song! LOL

    Lisa 🙂

  5. Comment by Mary Preston:

    I’m still stuck on Lady GaGa – Alejandro.

  6. Comment by D Alexx Miller:

    Great music selections Anya! I can’t wait to read “Embrace of the Damned”

  7. Comment by Karen:

    I love the eclectic nature of Anya’s play list. There are a few new bands (to me) that I’ll have to check out. I myself have eclectic tastes and one of my favorite songs is “Enter Sand Man” by Metallica… along with many others!

  8. Comment by Ames:

    Sometime Around Midnight – The Airborne Toxic Event 🙂

  9. Comment by parajunkee:

    I’ve been obsessing over Gotye lately and his song ‘Somebody I used to Know’ is just the right form of depressing…

  10. Comment by Sandra Lanzieri:

    Right now I love Someone that I use to know by Goyte, and I love Dog days are over by Florence and the machine.

  11. Comment by laoighis:

    I like sappy love songs so right now I like The Civil Wars Poison and WIne and Christina Perri’s Thousand Years

  12. Comment by BastDazbog:

    Ghosts by Randy Harrison. 🙂

  13. Comment by Sara M:

    I have so many favorite songs, but the first one that came to my head is Lip Service by Lorene Drive.

  14. Comment by Na S.:

    I like songs with that I can sink into but where the lyrics still touches me. I like Hanging by a Moment by Lifehouse.

  15. Comment by ritadavid:

    I love every song recorded by Zee Avi, especially Swell Window on the album Ghostbird. She plays a lot of ukelele.

  16. Comment by Shadow Sterling:

    This is an early post but I just wanted to say “Thank You” for letting me be included in your Hop Against Homophobia. I am afraid I am not a talent m/m fiction writer like yourself but I am an avid reader of it.

    I guess I do not fit into any category really since I write non-fiction for an adult studio. http://shadowsterling.blogspot.com/2012/04/studio-i-write-for.html

    But this is a cause I feel strongly about and I wanted to let you know I appreciate the opportunity to be included.

  17. Comment by Jennifer:

    Sorry, guys!! I just realized I never picked a winner!! *I need a personal assistant, or possibly a large stack of post-it notes*

    Thank you all for stopping by and offering your song suggestions. And a HUGE thanks to Anya for sharing her songlist and offering such an awesome prize!!

    The winner is…

    Na S!!!

    Congratulations!! You’ll be receiving an email shortly.

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