A favorite part of my writing ritual over the past few years has been to create a playlist of songs that correspond to the book I’m writing. During the drafting stage, I’ll put on my headphones and listen to the playlist while I’m doing dishes, folding laundry, and walking the dog. It keeps me in the headspace of my main character and invigorates me to keep writing.
Want to see my list of songs for my new release, ESCAPE GIRL? It’s definitely an eclectic mix, but I bet there’s at least one song here that will make you sing out loud!
ESCAPE GIRL Playlist
- Million Reasons – Lady Gaga. This is a “second chance” love story and this song hits the right emotional notes for me of where Emily and Bobby are at the start of the book.
- Piece of My Heart – Janis Joplin. At the heart of Emily’s emotional journey in this book is her relationship with her late mother. This song was her mother’s favorite and Emily thinks of it often. Part of this book takes place in San Francisco, so I loved including two Janis songs on this list.
- Sex and Candy – Marcy Playground. Bobby is one of my favorite heroes I’ve ever written. He’s a sexy, sweet cinnamon roll, and this song just makes me think of him.
- Here You Come Again – Dolly Parton. Emily *thinks* that she shouldn’t be with Bobby. But she’s never been able to resist him.
- Me and My Bobby McGee – Janis Joplin. This song features heavily in my favorite scene of the novel.
- I Feel It Coming – The Weeknd, Daft Punk. Sexy times, people.
- GHOST TOWN – Benson Boone. This is my “black moment” song. You can’t listen to this song without tearing up – you can’t!
- Good as Hell – Lizzo. Bobby sings this song in the shower, lol. But it’s also how I want readers to feel at the end of this book!
About the Author
There are only three things Michelle Dayton loves more than sexy and suspenseful novels: her family, the city of Chicago, and Mr. Darcy. Michelle dreams of a year of world travel — as long as the trip would include weeks and weeks of beach time. As a bourbon lover and unabashed wine snob, Michelle thinks heaven is discussing a good book over an adult beverage.