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I use soundtracks for all my books because I find it’s one of the quickest ways for me to plug into the world and get writing. I generally have either my phone or iPod with me, so I can do just that if I’m out and about and get a chance to write.

I pick songs for atmosphere, songs for characters, songs for mood, songs that have a line of two of lyrics that make the muse go “oooh” even if I don’t always know why. Sometimes I listen to the whole soundtrack, sometimes I listen to one song on repeat, depending on what the scene I’m writing needs. I often pare the soundtrack down to the key songs for the revising part (I have one book where the revision soundtrack is five Dixie Chick songs…over and over and over again) but I didn’t do that with Iron Kin (in fact, the IK soundtrack is quite a long one by my standards). I’ve popped the soundtrack up on the book page on my website but thought I’d put it here too.

Bring Night – Sia
All The Lovers – Kylie Minogue
The Trouble With Me – Robbie Williams
Dance In The Dark – Lady GaGa
Guitar Flute and String – Moby
Catatonic – Hans Zimmer (Sherlock Holmes soundtrack)
Dancing In The Storm – Boom Crash Opera
Set Fire To The Rain – Adele
Bad Romance – Glee cast
Borderline – Chris de Burgh
Mr Brightside – The Killers
Use Somebody – Kings of Leon
Bad – U2
F**kin’ Perfect – P!nk
Take Me Back – Jon stevens
You Stole My Thunder – Mark Seymour
Gloradin – Lisa Gerrard
I Don’t Believe You – P!nk
Crossfire – Brandon Flowers
When The War Is Over – John Farnham
Better – Tom Baxter
Bound To You – Christina Aguilera
Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler
Throw It All Away – Brandi Carlisle
You Don’t Own Me – The Blow Monkeys
City of Blinding Lights – U2
Impossible – Daniel Merriweather
Do You Mind – Robbie Williams
Man Next Door – Massive Attack
Dog Days – Florence + The Machine
The Only Exception – Glee cast
Flesh Vs Steel – Regenerator
Trust In Me – The Dead Brothers
Living Dolls – Nox Arcana
Breathe (2AM) – Anna Nalick
Love Is A Drug – Eskimo Joe
Come Undone – Robbie Williams
Cursed – Robbie Williams
Make Me Pure – Robbie Williams
She’s The One – Robbie Williams

Yes, it’s a little Robbie heavy…told you he had a touch of the Fens!

PS Five days to go!

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