Since I wrote my first novel Roe I have found that songs really seemed to fit the story. For Roe it was hands down Radio Active by Imagine Dragons.
Radioactive just has this post apocalyptic and survival of the fittest feel to it that the whole series is about. It also was very popular right at the time I was publishing the book.
My next book was Aster. It told the story of a near immortal that lived on the thrills of other people’s lives. The song Counting Stars by One Rebublic really hit this home with their line of “Everything that kills me makes me feel alive.”. Couple that with the power fluctuations in the lights like af there is something wrong on the power grid like the start of the Red Sun Millenia (Its covered a little bit in the preface of each of my books, read a couple of them).
So then along comes SoGlog Southfield. The epic of a boy out to win the heart of a beautiful red-head. Much of the story took place out on the waters of what was once known as the Gulf of Mexico. He and his people made the Gulf their home by living on ships, boats, and barges. This is no Waterworld knock-off (Before you ask, because people tend to.) No they knew where land was, they just liked it a lot better out on the water.
What a better song to go with this story but Sail by AWOLNation.
When I first started writing FeldSharp (WiP) I setup Youtube to just go through some odd lists of music. Feldsharp is the story of a half giant that struggles to find his place in the world. He neither fits in with the giants who abuse and attack him for being so small, nor the normal humans where he is treated with suspicion and considered an imbecile. Well the mix was only two songs in when the song On the Brightside by Never Shout Never came on. The song seemed to be exactly about my book and it is a short little toon you have probably never heard before.
Now I am writing in NaNoWriMo 2017 and my book Grecce’An is about a girl that has telepathic powers. She finds herself outcast from her own people because of these powers and how they conflict with her own mother’s abilities. With the distrust of her tribe sealing the deal, she sets out on her own to make her own life. The best song that comes to mind for her story is by the Talking Heads: Radio Head.
I really enjoy the movie version of this song by Tito Larriva
When you are reading or writing a book, what songs come to mind? Does your reading have a soundtrack?