Unlike some writers, I don't make a playlist and listen to it on repeat while I write. I usually write sitting on the couch in front of the TV. I might put one of the music channels on, but my usual fare is HGTV, talk shows, and football. And once the characters start talking to me, I block everything out and try to catch everything they have to say. I let my characters take the driver's seat in the book–I write a loose plan, but I don't plot their every move. I figure they know what they want better than I do.
But music is still a part of my writing process. I do a lot of driving for my day job, and I love to get lost in music and my thoughts while I'm getting to where I need to go. (Not so lost that I actually get lost, of course! Although I've been so into the story developing in my head I've almost missed my exit a few times.) Some of my best ideas have come to me while I'm in the car. Snippets of conversation and the next scene are common–I once made a Senator wait while I recorded a scene for Because the Night. I came up with the entire concept for Dirty Little Secret while sitting in traffic.
Every so often, a song comes on that's perfect for what my characters are doing at that moment and I add it to the book's soundtrack. I don't have a full playlist since I don't have these songs playing on repeat. But here's a few that made me think of Holly, Rainey, and Blade:
Motley Crue, Shout at the Devil:
Queen of the Night Time World is a battle of good vs. evil with the city's fate hanging in the balance. Without Rainey, Holly thought she'd be all dark side, all the time. But much to her surprise, she fights evil with everything she's got. Of course, it helps that the light at the end of the tunnel is Rainey.
Motley Crue, Without You:
Yes, two Crue songs in a row. It's like the hidden Vinces from my guided tour of vampire Vegas. And who doesn't love a good hair metal ballad? This one is pretty self-explanatory. Holly's a mess without her soulmate.
Queen, Get Down, Make Love:
Another one that speaks for itself. There's a super-hot scene between Holly and Blade. They haven't been alone together since Cash was alive, and their relationship has become that much hotter.
George Michael, Father Figure:
I've always loved this song, and it's perfect for this book. This is what Holly, Blade, and Rainey are looking for. Not so much the father part, but the spiritual connection.