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  • Writer's pictureA.E. Hellstorm

Author Note, April 29, 2018

Music is an important part in everyone’s life. You usually have memories connected to certain songs, and when your ear catches a certain melody, feelings and images and even smells show up in your mind. It’s a wonderful medium. I myself have a very complicated relationship to music. It probably has something to do with me being highly sensitive to noise and light. In the mornings, for example, I can’t even stand people talking, and no lights can be on. If it is, it feels like my body is invaded by the sounds and the angry brightness. There are many authors out there who cannot write if they don’t listen to music. It sets the mood for them and it inspires them. I’ve tried. It stresses me out. When I write, the events taking place in the text are completely clear in my mind’s eye, like I’m watching a three-dimensional movie. With music on, that feeling of ‘reality’ that I experience together with my characters, is totally lost. On the other hand, I can’t cook without listening to music. The ingredients and the cooking don’t work well together with me without it. What I usually listen to when I cook is a certain playlist I’ve made on Spotify for the specific book I’m working on at the moment. That playlist helps me think and it inspires me greatly. So, when I cook is when I’m most creative when it comes to bouncing ideas. I can stand there slicing and chopping and frying and have dialogues and monologues running out of my mouth like water. Later, these dialogues usually get into the book in one way or the other. My husband, who is a GM for many different roleplaying games, uses music that gives a certain mood. The words in it is of no importance for him. For me, it’s vice versa. The words need to coincide with the events the song is supposed to represent. Every single song in the playlist is carefully chosen and it also needs to get into the right place among the other songs. At the moment, it’s the playlist for ‘Of Darkness Born’ which has been played in our household more or less daily for the past 2,5 years… Thinking about it, I probably have to thank my husband for being so patient with me… Now, when ‘Of Darkness Born’ is going to the line editor, a new playlist is about to begin, and I am very excited about it. Every book has a specific theme song which I’d like to share with you.

  • ‘In the Hands of the Unknown’ has ‘Who Can You Trust’ by Morcheeba.

  • ‘Lost’s song is ‘Unforgiven II’ with Metallica,

  • ‘Of Darkness Born’ has ‘Rosegarden’ by Lynn Anderson.

  • Then, next book will be ‘The Living Wall’ which will have ‘Another One Bites the Dust’ with Queen – which probably gives you a feeling for how many of the characters will survive that story…

  • ‘In the Shadows’ comes next and has ‘Dream On’ with Aerosmith.

  • ‘A Crack in the Door’ has ‘Sound of Silence’ with Simon and Garfunkel (poor Sally…).

  • And ‘Crossing the Line’s song is ‘When You Don’t See Me’ with Sisters of Mercy

  • The two last books don’t have a theme song yet, but I guess they will come to me when the time is right.

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