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Sweet dreams are made of these….

One of the things I see a lot in my Pure Textuality travels is author interviews on other blogs.  One of the more popular questions to authors is in regards to what music they listen to when writing.  Well, I got thinking about this idea of music while writing and I am one of those people that DOES listen to music while I am writing.  It sort of puts me in the right mindset for the feeling I am trying to capture in some scenes.



For instance, there’s a relatively tense and somewhat violent scene in Burning and the song that I listened to (repeatedly) while writing that scene was Sweet Dreams by Marilyn Manson.  That song has always struck me as creepy and cold and that’s the atmosphere I was going for in that particular scene.  The Big Bad in Burning (and The Devil You Know) is a lot of fun to write but he’s not me.

I am not at a point where anyone wants to interview me (yet…..hopefully) but I thought it would still be fun to throw together a list to show you what I listen to when I am writing the Demon Legacy series.  So here’s my playlist, straight off the trusty Sound Machine (that’s my dorky name for my iPod).

Sweet Dreams – Marilyn Manson

Killing the Fly – Union Underground

Beautiful People – Marilyn Manson

Use Your Fist – Marilyn Manson

The Golden Age of Grotesque – Marilyn Manson

(s)Aint – Marilyn Manson

Slutgarden – Marilyn Manson

Tainted Love – Marilyn Manson

Debonair (Fuck Hollywood Remix) – Dope

The Dope Show – Marilyn Manson

Fire It Up – Black Label Society

Queen of Sorrow – Black Label Society

Wont Find It Here – Black Label Society

Damage Is Done – Black Label Society

The Red – Chevelle

Comfortable Liar – Chevelle

Forfeit – Chevelle

Living Dead Girl (Subliminal Seduction Remix) – Rob Zombie

Water Shock – Tomandandy

More Human Than Human (Harem Remix) – White Zombie

Painted on My Heart – The Cult

Fire Woman – The Cult

My Own Summer – deftones

Headup – deftones

Around the Fur – deftones

7 Words – deftones

Lucky You – deftones

Minerva – deftones

RX Queen – deftones

Passenger – deftones

Change (In The House of Flies) – deftones

Barrel of a Gun – Depeche Mode

Swinging the Dead – Devildriver

Another Way to Die – Disturbed

Breathe – Disturbed

Bound – Disturbed

Awaken – Disturbed

Want – Disturbed

Forgiven – Disturbed

Sick – Dope

Bodies – Drowning Pool

Step Up – Drowning Pool

Hard to See – Five Finger Death Punch

No One Gets Left Behind – Five Finger Death Punch

Bad Company – Five Finger Death Punch

Far From Home – Five Finger Death Punch

The Bleeding (Unplugged) – Five Finger Death Punch

I’m So Sick – Flyleaf

How Can I Live – Ill Nino

When Darkness Falls – Killswitch Engage

Beginning of the End – Spineshank

Sun Doesn’t Rise – Mushroomhead

Vampires – Godsmack

Dead Bodies Everywhere – Korn

Hey Daddy – Korn

Blind – Korn

Ball Tongue – Korn

Clown – Korn

Faggot – Korn

Good God – Korn

No Place to Hide – Korn

Twisted Transistor – Korn

Coming Undone – Korn

Getting Off – Korn

Right Now – Korn

Did My Time – Korn

Alone I Break – Korn

Here to Stay – Korn

Narcissistic Cannibal – Korn

Break Stuff – Limp Bizkit

Stuck – Limp Bizkit

Counterfeit – Limp Bizkit

Behind Blue Eyes – Limp Bizkit

Place for My Head – Linkin Park

Faint – Linkin Park

Breaking the Habit – Linkin park

Leave Out All the Rest – Linkin Park

Bleed it Out – Linkin Park

Not Falling – Mudvayne

A World So Cold – Mudvayne

(Per) Version of the Truth – Mudvayne

Determined – Mudvayne

Happy? – Mudvayne

Fall Into Sleep – Mudvayne

Forget to Remember – Mudvayne

Dead Souls – Nine Inch Nails

Heresy – Nine Inch Nails

Closer – Nine Inch Nails

Happiness Is Slavery Mix from Fixed (Halo 6) – Nine Inch Nails

Head Like a Hole Clay Mix on Head Like a Hole (Halo 3) – Nine Inch Nails

Terrible Lie Sympathetic Mix on Head Like a Hole (Halo 3) – Nine Inch Nails

The Only Time – Nine Inch Nails

Something I Can Never Have – Nine Inch Nails

Sin – Nine Inch Nails

Deep – Nine Inch Nails

The Hand That Feeds – Nine Inch Nails

Every Day Is Exactly The Same – Nine Inch Nails

With Teeth – Nine Inch Nails

Only – Nine Inch Nails

Sunspots – Nine Inch Nails

Passive – A Perfect Circle

Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie – A Perfect Circle

Judith – A Perfect Circle

3 Libras – A Perfect Circle

The Package – A Perfect Cirlce

Pet – A Perfect Circle

Weak and Powerless – A Perfect Circle

Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums – A Perfect Circle

Burn the Witch (Unkle Variation) – Queens of the Stone Age

Bombtrack – Rage Against the Machine

Killing in the Name – Rage Against the Machine

Take the Power Back – Rage Against the Machine

Know Your Enemy – Rage Against the Machine

Super Charger Heaven – White Zombie

I’m Your Boogie Man – Rob Zombie

Never Gonna Stop (The Red Red Kroovy) – Rob Zombie

Brickhouse 2003 – Rob Zombie

Feel So Numb – Rob Zombie

Duality – Slipknot

Save Yourself – Stabbing Westward

Haunting Me – Stabbing Westward

Shame – Stabbing Westward

What Do I Have To Do? – Stabbing Westward

Say You’ll Haunt Me – Stonesour

Your God – Stonesour

Cardiff – Stonesour

Zzyzx. Rd – Stonesour

Get Inside – Stonesour

Bother – Stonesour

Tumult – Stonesour

Aenima – Tool

Parabola – Tool

Schism – Tool

Prison Sex – Tool

Sober – Tool

Vicarious – Tool

The Pot – Tool

Forty Six & 2 – Tool

Downfall – Trust Company

Across the Nation – Union Underground

Turn Me On Mr. Deadman – Union Underground

Wasteland – 10 Years

That’s my playlist from what I have on my iPod right now.  The overall feel of the music is dark, fun, sexy and creepy as hell at times.  🙂


In no particular order: Bestselling Author Jena Gregoire, PA, Book Blogger & PR Monkey at, Loving Mom, Devoted Friend, Avid Adventurer/Traveler, Die Hard Reader, Music Lover, Comedy Nerd, Movie Junkie, Geek

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  1. That is so true, music is a great influence while writing. It creates a certain mood, and it is up to the writer to translate that mood into words. Great job with Burning! What is your next step? Another round of editing?

  2. You will probably see another copy of Burning before I dub it “final”. I am working on the edits I got for feedback now and then it’s one more time back out to you guys. 🙂

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