Character Playlist: Sasha Summer’s Medusa, a Love Story

Today on Character Playlist, I’m so pleased to have Sasha Summers sharing the playlist she listened to while writing her novel: Medusa, A Love Story. I met Sasha shortly after signing with Crescent Moon Press and quickly learned how supportive she is and what a cool person.

First, let me say what an AWESOME idea this is Constance. Honestly, I have a very hard time writing without mood and tone set firmly in place, sucking me in to my pages. Best thing in the world for that: music!

For my debut novel, I knew how I wanted to ‘feel’ when I was writing it. So I collected a list of… emotional and moody tunes. (My kids would call them depressing – sigh.) I admit, I pulled most of my songs from movies – just so you know.

Here’s Medusa’s tagline:

It’s said that love can change a person. Medusa wasn’t always a monster.

Yes, Medusa is a love story. But it’s a non-traditional love story. Why? Well, we all know what happened to Medusa, don’t we? If you don’t – I’m not going to spill the beans. I’ll encourage you to read my book instead ;)

This song (from a movie I adore) helped nail the sense of desperation Medusa and Ariston were feeling as they parted. He’s heading off to war against a terrible adversary. Neither will admit how terrified they feel.

“No Life Without You” – Spartacus – Blood and Sand

This one was when Ariston goes to Hades realm to beg for mercy, and again when Medusa is waiting to sabotage the Persians on the beach.

“Farewells, The Storm” – Rome 

This is Ariston going to war.

“There Is A God In You” (2010) – Clash of the Titans

And this is Medusa after Ariston has found her.

Harry Gregson-Williams – “The End Music” From the Movie Man on Fire

And when they’re reunited at the end.

Lisa Gerrard – “Elysium”

So, yea, I guess a little depressing. But each song, listening to them as I put this list together, takes me back to a specific scene. It’s intense and vivid in my mind, still.

Finally – this song helped turn the flash of a dream into the story: “Cosmic Love” by Florence and the Machine. The lyrics helped, just as much as the song itself.

 Florence + The Machine – “Cosmic Love”

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About Sasha Summers:

Sasha is part gypsy. Her passions have always been storytelling, history, and travel. It’s no surprise that her books visit times past, set in places rich with legends and myth. Her first play, ‘Greek Gods and Goddesses’ (original title, right?), was written for her Girl Scout troupe. She’s been writing ever since. She loves getting lost in the worlds and characters she creates; even if she frequently forgets to run the dishwasher or wash socks when she’s doing so. Luckily, her four brilliant children and hero-inspiring hubby are super understanding and supportive.




  1. I love listening to music that inspired authors. I too have a playlist that I listened to when I wrote my 3 Em books. Thanks for this.

    • Constance Phillips says:

      I spend most of time listening to music, Leigh. If you want to share you playlist here sometime, let me know via email.

  2. Thanks for highlighting Medusa today Constance! I know the music is a tad heavy – wince – but it sure helped me create! Have a great Wednesday!!!

    • Constance Phillips says:

      It may be heavy, but some storied call for heavy music. It’s a great list. Thanks for being here today.

  3. It’s so interesting to see into the mind of other writers, to catch a glimpse of what moves them. Sasha, thanks for sharing. Constance, thanks for hosting this type of forum.

  4. Thanks again for inviting me to share my playlist Constance. Can’t wait to hear yours for Fairyproof! ;)

  5. Wow, No Life Without You really grabbed me. Great music! :)