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Music and Writing by Liia Ann White


Everything I write has a soundtrack. I have different songs playing in the background to match the different moods of scenes, a character or just the story itself. A lot of the songs I’ve listed below have been used to help me write different books and stories, but this is the first book I’ve had all of them playing to help me write.

Soundtrack to Dark Waters

All You Wanted – Alison Sudol & Sounds Under Radio

A Drop In The Ocean – Ron Pope

Never Let Me Go – Florence & The Machine

Breathe – Anberlin

Head Over Heels – Digital Daggers

All I Need – Within Temptation

That’s Okay – The Hush Sound

Father Sky – VersaEmerge

You’ll Never Know – VersaEmerge

Wish You Were Here – Hey Monday

Original Love – Cassadee Pope

Monster – Paramore

I know most of you have probably only heard of one or two of these artists (being Florence & The Machine, Paramore and possibly Cassadee Pope if you’re a fan of The Voice) but they are all immensely talented and, along with Paramore, are my favourite artists.

Every single thing I’ve ever written has had the help of Paramore, VersaEmerge and Hey Monday/Cassadee Pope to write it. Their lyrics just touch my Muse and help her inspire me to write what I do. Their music ranges from melancholy, metal ballads, alternative to plain old rock and I absolutely adore it. The fact that certain artists can be so versatile is something that I appreciate. And it can happen with writers as well.

And my favourite part of having specific artists and songs that help me write is I get to tell the artists they’ve helped play a role in my books. I’ve been lucky enough to meet VersaEmerge in person and tell them, as well as my Twitter buddy Cassadee Pope. Writing music and writing books are very similar and as artists in our own right we can appreciate what the other does. It’s a great thing to see when an artist you love congratulates and thanks you for writing to their music.

I know a lot of authors that prefer silence while their writing, but I’m one who prefers music. Even when outside – where I do most of my writing – I have music playing in the background. Nature and music, what more could a hippie Aussie author want?

Even reading I prefer music playing in the background. Do any of you have that same little ‘tick’ that I have? Do you need music to read or write? Or do you need complete silence?

Leave a comment below, telling me your little quirk, or just saying hi and you’ll go into the draw to win a copy of Dark Waters.

Contest ends 11:59 p.m. EST 1/31/2013

DW Cover


Randor is a Fae assassin. As the most feared military officer in the Faery Realm, he only got out by striking a deal with the late King to become an assassin for hire. Something he was only able to do because of his place as adopted family member. When he’s ordered to kidnap the Unseelie Faery Princess and deliver her to the Seelie Queen, he doesn’t think twice, until he sees his target. Adora. Unseelie Princess. Most beautiful being in existence and feared witch warrior and his soul mate. Disobeying orders is something he’s never done before. But when he brings her into the Human Realm; his home, he has no regrets. Until his Elvish friend, Kiel, disapproves and an unexpected attack raises questions about his loyalties. The only way that could have happened was if Kiel tipped off the Queen’s witch, Maleficent.

Adora was fearless, powerful and intensely unhappy. Until she was kidnapped by a mysterious stranger, who happens to be her half human, half Seelie soul mate. After being attacked, Adora, fearing she’d lose Randor, admits her feelings for her soul mate. The two of them just need to find a way they can survive together – away from the feuding kingdoms. Entering the Seelie castle, under a pretence of needing the witch’s help to bind Adora’s immense power, they ask for Maleficent, whom they plan to eliminate so she can no longer track them.

When all hell breaks loose, they’re involved in a fight including the witch, Kiel and the Queen. A fight that not all of them will survive.

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Liia Ann White is an Australian author, hailing from Perth, WA.

She spent her childhood daydreaming about far off lands, creating her own unique characters, reading books about witches, faeries, demons, ghosts and a host of supernatural creatures. Eventually, she gained the courage to put her imagination to work.

A self-proclaimed geek, Liia collects Disney and Star Wars memorabilia and loves all things nerdy.

A vegan animal lover, she wishes to one day have her own rescue shelter for unwanted and ‘unadoptable’ animals. When not writing, she can be found reading or spending time with her dogs.

Liia is a member of Romance Writers of America, Romance Writers of AustraliaPassionate InkFuturistic, Fantasy & Paranormal Chapter of RWA and Young Adult Chapter of Romance Writers of America as well as being the webmistress for YARWA.

Always interested in meeting new people, Liia can be found on facebook or twitter almost constantly.





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World-renowned neurosurgeon, master chef, secret member of American royalty, seducer of legions of beautiful, outrageously sexy angels and demons and vampires and werewolves and the occasional pirate, Lisa Fox has done it all… in her own mind. In reality, she can generally be found at her desk with a cup of coffee close at hand. Or maybe a martini. It really depends on the day.

7 thoughts on “Music and Writing by Liia Ann White

  1. Lately, I’ve been listening to period music because it fits with the genre I’m writing now. Other than that, I don’t think I have any other quirks. 🙂 Congratulations on your latest release. Wishing you much success!

  2. Great post, Liia! I love finding the perfect playlist for my stories. Congrats on the release and thanks for hanging out with us.

  3. I tend to listen to more instrumental music when I a writing – jazz, ambient, techno – otherwise I get distracted by the songs and find myself singing (badly) rather than writing. You’ve got a great list there! Thanks for hanging out with us!

  4. I love listening to music when I read and write. Some songs fit the scene or character perfectly. Thanks for sharing your playlist; I’m going to check out these artists.

  5. Often I like complete silence. It all depends upon what I’m writing. Sometimes, when I’m doing something suspenseful. paranormal, I like to watch (listen) to ghost hunting shows on TV.

    Thanks for the recommendations of some new music, too!

  6. Thanks so much for having me today guys! Hopefully I can give some people some great new music too haha

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