Music is one of my biggest sources of inspiration. There’s no big moment in my life that I can’t tie to a song. The first time I hung out with my husband, Kiss’ Forever was playing. Christmas time is all about Dominick the Donkey (my mom’s favorite song). I remember writing the opening scene of Touch, my first book, while Poker Face by Lady Gaga played in the background. The list goes on and on.
Because of that, obviously, music plays a huge role in the books that I write. Each book has their own playlist, characters have their own music, scenes have songs—sometimes even entire chapters get their own small playlist.
Fight scenes, smoochy scenes—scenes that rip your heart out and shred it into a billion tiny pieces… Music helps me get into the headspace of my characters. To feel what they might be feeling.
Today I want to share some of the songs from my Infinity playlist. Have you read Infinity? Is there a song you think would fit in perfectly?
If not, what’s currently your fave song?
Alive – Adelitas Way – Cade enters the story thinking he knows the Kori we see on page. But, as he gets to know her better, this song perfectly sums up how he sees her—and it’s so different from what he expected.
Cold Blooded – Apocalyptica – This song just always screamed Noah to me. It’s just the whole vibe.
Wicked Ones – Dorothy – To me, this song is the perfect vibe for Cade crashing headfirst into Kori’s life and pulling at all those loose threads until she’s questioning everything—and not in a bad way.
Starving – Hailee Steinfeld Ft Zedd – Until Kori meets Cade, she’s sure she knows herself. Her life, what she wants. Each moment she spends with him shows her that she’s been missing something she didn’t realize.
Supposed to Be – Icon for Hire – When we meet Kori, she’s still very much dealing with the death of her moth, processing that grief. She’s a little bit broken. Then Cade crashes into her life. As Kori gets to know Cade and learns about the strange connection she has to him, she questions everything about her life—and herself. This song is perfect for her.
Do I wanna Know? – Arctic Monkeys – Cade and Kori. Enough said.
Little Monster – Royal Blood – This one, to me, is very Dylan and Kori. Not in a romantic way—obviously. But, in a way, they have this push and pull. Dylan, for me, was one of the top five bad guys from any of my books. What he does is horrible, but it comes from a place of loss. Of pain. He’s a monster, but he’s a complicated one. And, well, I’m a sucker for complicated.
Made of Glass – Trapt – This screams Cade’s frame of mind when we first meet him, when he first meets Kori.
Paralyzer – Finger Eleven – Another Cade and Kori song. There’s that immediate ZING between them even though neither really wants it. It’s unavoidable. Paralyzing.
There are three things Kori knows for sure about her life:
One: Her army general dad is insanely overprotective.
Two: The guy he sent to watch her, Cade, is way too good-looking.
Three: Everything she knew was a lie.
Now there are three things Kori never knew about her life:
One: There’s a device that allows her to jump dimensions.
Two: Cade’s got a lethal secret.
Three: Someone wants her dead.
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JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. But at the last minute, she realized her true path lay with fiction, not food. Jus is the bestselling author of the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing, as well as the Darker Agency series, and the New Adult series, The Eternal Balance. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.