Today in Character playlist, we have fellow Crescent Moon Press author Cindi Madsen talking about the music that should be playing in the background of her novel Demons of the Sun. If you’re into music that rocks, you’re going to enjoy this one! Please welcome Cindi to the blog:
When it comes to music, I’m very passionate and slightly crazy about it. I love to discover new bands, like all types of different music, and I HAVE to have music playing when I write. I make playlists for all of my books. The first time I heard Florence & The Machine’s “Kiss With a Fist” I knew it was perfect for Demons of the Sun. Persephone and Jax have a rocky start. Rocky, as in, the very first scene, they have a physical fight with swords. Then, as they start training together, things get more intense. But there’s some attraction mixed in, so like the song says, “A kiss with a fist is better than none.”
Florence & The Machine’s “Kiss With a Fist”
“Heads Will Roll” by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and “Help I’m Alive” by Metric were big mood setters for Persephone. Also “Animal I’ve Become” by Three Days Grace and “Bleed Like Me” from Garbage. Persephone starts to feel like her control is slipping, but she’s used to holding everything in, and she’s starting to feel like she’s not good enough. For Jax or for her calling as the last Sentry, and she’s terrified she’s going to be the person responsible for losing Hades Dagger to the demons. The demons are coming out, killing members of the Order of Zeus, and Persephone and Jax have plenty of run ins with them. Whenever I get ready to write a fight scene, I blast “Bodies (Let the Bodies Hit the Floor)” by Drowning Pool. It’s good let’s-kill-some-bad-guys music.
Drowning Pool’s “300 Bodies”
As for Jax, as he gets more attached to Persephone, and more determined to keep her and the dagger safe, I went a little softer, and picked the Fray’s “I’ll Look After You.” Major sigh. Every time I hear it, it gives me happy butterflies. That was the thing about writing this book. One minute there’s fighting and blood, and the next, there are two people starting to fall in love.
The Fray’s “Look After You”
As Persephone feels the pull of her demon blood more and more, though, she worries Jax would hate her if he knew. So we end off with my favorite band EVER! Paramore! Their song “Monster” was perfect, because if Persephone doesn’t get control, there’s going to be Hell on Earth, and she desperately wants to keep that from happening.
So basically, I could go on for hours about music and how it influences my writing, but I’ll just say, music is magic. It can transport you to another place and make you feel happy or sad or in love or like you’ve just had your heart-broken, and that’s the kind of emotion I hope to convey in my writing.
Demons of the Sun:
Persephone didn’t ask to be the guardian of Hades Dagger, an artifact Hades forged to turn demons into daywalkers. She didn’t ask for the demon blood running through her veins that allows her to touch the thing, either. And she definitely didn’t ask for Jax, a cocky Warrior, to barge into her life and proclaim himself her bodyguard now that Hades wants his dagger back.
Forced to deal with this reality, along with an increase in demon attacks, and the fact members of the Order of Zeus keep turning up dead, Persephone finds her hands full.
When demons tell Persephone that she’s one of them she’s appalled… And a little intoxicated by the power she feels when they call her their queen. Telling Jax about her demon side might turn him away from her forever…
Something bad is brewing, and if Persephone doesn’t figure out a solution, and soon she’ll be responsible for unleashing Hell on Earth.
Cindi Madsen sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.