Hi all! I’m excited to host author S. Usher Evans today on the blog in celebration of her latest novel Resurgence, which releases this upcoming Tuesday! Check out Sush’s writing playlist plus enter to win an ebook copy of Resurgence! Quick note: this is not a YA series, but check out Sush’s Lexie Carrigan Chronicles if you’re interested in reading a YA book!
Music and writing are inexorably intertwined for me. A single song or lyric can send me right back into a draft or a finished book. So when Jordan asked me to throw together a writing playlist for her, I was ready!
Below are the songs that helped me write my forthcoming urban fantasy novel, Resurgence, the first book in the Demon Spring trilogy. Each book in the trilogy had its own playlist, because each focused on a different emotion. For Resurgence, it was really about clawing oneself out of depression and dark places.
So without further ado, here’s my Redemption playlist:
Song #1: I Don’t Think I’ll Ever Get Over You – Colin Hay
If I live until I was a hundred and two… I just don’t think I’ll ever get over you.” Colin Hay’s haunting melody has stuck with me since it came out on the Garden State soundtrack way back my freshman year of college. When I broke up with The Ex, it spoke to how you’re never the same after losing something you loved so hard. I gave Jack, the main character in #demonspring, all of my feels about trying to rebuild after loss. From the grief that sneaks up on you to trying to find your footing with your friends, it seems that you’ll never, ever recover. (Spoiler: I did and he does)
Song #2: Control – Halsey
Who doesn’t love #Halsey? The first time I heard the song “Control” I was motoring my way toward Dallas for some convention. I had this idea for a character who used to be evil, became good, then was tempted back to the dark side. This was the beginnings of Anya, the demon who Jack and Cam are hunting. She’s changed a lot since those first wisps of ideas, but this song always brings me back to her genesis.
Song #3: See the Sun – Dido
You can wear anything. As long as it’s not black.” – Dido, See the Sun . Cam Macarro is probably my favorite character in #demonspring, and joins Lyssa as one of my top female characters I’ve written. She’s layered–confident yet insecure, overcompensating for what she thinks she lacks. But most of all, she’s a damned strong best friend for Jack. Their relationship is truly one of my favorites, because it remains FIRMLY platonic. And we absolutely need more M/F platonic relationships.
Song #4: Love the Way You Lie – Rihanna
“But you’ll always be my hero, even though you’ve lost your mind.” Rihanna’s cover of the Skylar Grey song has always taken me to Anya’s struggle. Without giving too much away, the demon may not be all she’s cracked up to be. And her struggle to reclaim her identity is one that I enjoyed writing in the final book of the trilogy.
Song #5: Through the Blue – Evan and Jaron
“Oh, I wish I could see you back.” Does anyone else remember Evan and Jaron from the late 90’s/early 2000’s? I always end up sticking with artists I love, even if their albums don’t always do as well as the first. ANYWAY, this song is off one of their EPs, and it’s just one of those feels-hittin’ songs about loss. So, of course, Jack. There’s a line in the book where Jack starts to feel normal again, but then remembers Sara is dead, and it’s like reopening the wound. That’s what this song reminds me of: Someone stuck between reality and the memories they can’t let go of.
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