Words & Music Monday with Jennifer Sights


jennifersightsbiopicMusic typically plays a pretty big role in my writing process for several reasons, though just how has evolved over the years. I almost always listen to music while I’m writing or editing. The only exception is if I’m home alone and the house is quiet. Then I’ll occasionally work in silence. But that’s rare.

I used to only listen to instrumental music, or songs with lyrics in a foreign language. My favorite were (and still are) Sigur Ros, Explosions in the Sky, Mono, E.S. Posthumus, and Emilie Autumn’s “Unlaced” album. I also love soundtracks, especially Kingdom of Heaven, The Fountain, Assassin’s Creed, and Tron. If I’m writing something scary, it’s Silent Hill or The Mothman Prophecies – those are HARD to listen to! They make me feel so uneasy and creeped out, even in a bright room in the middle of the day, so they’re perfect for scary scenes. Those are about the only thing I listen to when I’m working on my psychological thriller. Finally, I love love love German metal like Oomph!, Eisbrecher, Blutengel, and Rammstein.

Recently I’ve discovered that I can listen to music with lyrics, if it’s metal or industrial. Type O Negative’s “Bloody Kisses” is a perfect example. I also love EBM – I’ve lately been addicted to the web radio station http://loudcity.com/stations/ebm-radio-com, which is interspersed with songs with lyrics, and I can write to that no problem.
I don’t have extensive soundtracks for my novels, but there are a few songs I strongly associate with my Elena Ronen, PI books, so I’d be remiss if I didn’t list them for you here.
Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000037_00033]Finally, I’ve gotten inspiration for a few novels from particular songs. Burning Darkness, the psycholocal thriller I plan to release next March, was inspired by “Perfect Surface” by Sinfinis. A plot point in Deceived (the 3rd Elena Ronen, PI novel, which I haven’t started yet) came from “Midnight Mist” by Oneiroid Psychosis. And Ravaged was inspired by “Fallout” by Alyssa Suede. Spoiler alert though, don’t listen to that one unless you want to chance having a major plot point spoiled. I suggest bookmarking that song and going back to it at the end of September, after you’ve read Ravaged – it comes out September 26.
One last thing – if I’m home alone I like to have solo dance parties when I’m taking a break. It’s a nice change of pace and really helps to get my body moving after a long time sitting. You can join in with my Solo Dance Party playlist on Spotify. Enjoy!

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