Throughout May, some of the amazing authors from Clean Teen Publishing and Crimson Tree Publishing will be sharing the music that inspired their books!
Music plays an essential part in my writing process and I can't wait to see what music everyone is listening to!
First up, the ever fabulous Kendra L Saunders, writer of the sexy and hilarious, Dating an Alien Pop Star
Music is and always has been a huge part of my writing life, too. Between the countless movie soundtracks I blasted for emotional inspiration, to the bands that I have counted on again and again for energy through their songs, music is my go-to for creativity. But there's one band that always sticks out most for me in terms of inspiration: the appropriately named British band Muse.
While working on the Alien Pop Star series, I was endlessly inspired by the color, bonkers personality, and silly swagger of Muse's Panic Station music video. It was a celebratory video of epic proportions, and in a lot of ways, it inspired me to get back to my most honest and glittery self. It also inspired the zany universe of Griffin, Dev, Daisy, Kammie, and all of the people they meet in their intergalactic journeys.
Muse is more than a band for their fans. They represent a love of life, a curiosity, a questioning of authority and technology, a dreaminess about the future, and a real family spirit among so many of the fans. Many of my closest friends have come to me through music, and several of them through Muse specifically. Their live shows are also just out and out the best spectacles ever.
But Muse wasn't my only musical powerhouse of inspiration for the Alien Pop Star books! David Bowie, the Weeknd, Goldfrapp, Dragonette, Lana Del Rey, Daughter, White Lies, the Horrors, and Chrome Canyon were among go-to artists. Below is a list of some songs I listened to while writing the series, editing the series, thinking about the series, or convincing my publisher to let me extend my deadline a little again. Oooops. Enjoy!
Muse: Exogenesis Part One
Muse: The Handler
The Weeknd: Wanderlust
The Weeknd: In the Night
The Weeknd and Lana Del Rey: Stargirl
Goldfrapp: Moon in Your Mouth
Lana Del Rey: Music to Watch Boys To
Lana Del Rey: Once Upon a Dream
White Lies: EST
White Lies: Death
David Bowie: Loving the Alien
David Bowie: Underground
The Horrors: In and Out of Sight
Chrome Canyon: Beginnings
Katy Perry: ET
Moody Blues: I Know You're Out There Somewhere
Playlist can be listened to right here:
Buy link for Engaged: https://www.amazon.com/Engaged-Alien-Pop-Star/dp/1634222296