Writing while the music is playing is a huge distraction. I do, however, listen to music during my creative thought process, and other times, I stumble upon a song that  fits with a scene. "Blinding" was the biggest inspiration for "Sterling". I'll never be able to hear this song without thinking of the book.

Click on the links below the titles to listen. Or go to the book page, where I have the playlist embedded. Not all songs may not be available on the playlist. I hope you discover a new favorite and purchase them to support the artist! 


Into the Mystic by Van Morrison
Cradle of Love by Billy Idol
Renegades by X-Ambassaors
Whataya Want from Me by Adam Lambert
9 Crimes byDamien Rice
Time after Time by Cyndi Lauper & Sarah Mclachlan 
Stay with Me by Sam Smith
Lie in the Sound by Tresspassers William
If You Ever Wanna Be In Love by James Bay
For You by Rae Morris
Say you Will by Foreigner
Sometimes by City & Color
Can't Help Falling In Love by Anthony Mossburg
Release Me by Englebert Humperdinck
Hold Back the River by James Bay
I Believe by Stevie Wonder


Head like a Hole by Nine Inch Nails
Crucify by Tori Amos
 Scars to Your Beautiful by Alessia Cara
I'll Take Care of You by Joe Bonamassa and Beth Hart
Black is the Color by Lucette
 I feel it Coming by The Weeknd
Natural Woman by Aretha Franklin
Will I Fall by Zayde Wolf
Next To You by Of Rust and Bone
Arms of a Woman by Amos Lee
Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Breath of My Baby by Lucas Nelson


Come With Me Now by Kongos
I've Got You Under My Skin by Frank Sinatra
Galvanize by Chemical Brothers
My Body is a Cage by Arcade Fire
It's Been a Awhile by Staind
You've Haunted me All My Life by Death Cab for Cutie
This Night by Black Lab
Have you Ever Seen the Rain by CCR
Mama by Chemical Brothers
Sweet Dreams by Marilyn Manson
Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Lorde
Various Storms & Saints by Florence and the Machine
Long & Lost by Florence and the Machine
Take me to Church by Hozier
A Sky full of Stars by Coldplay
Let it Die by Feist
Nervous Light of Dawn by Leigh Nash
Mad World by Gary Jules
So Irate by Delilah
Bullet with Butterfly Wings by Smashing Pumpkins
Through the Valley by Shawn James
Raven Song by Elephant Revival
Black Hole Sun by Nouela
House on a Hill by The Pretty Reckless


Can't Feel My Face by The Weekend
You Can Leave Your Hat On by Joe Cocker
Counting Stars by OneRepublic
Eating Like Kings by Shawn James
I Put a Spell On You by Annie Lennox
I Still Have a Soul by Gabriel Shadid & Tobias Marberger
The Mezzanine by Liz Durrett
9 Crimes by Damien Rice
Murder By Numbers by The Police
Vampire Heart by Tom McRea
The Ghost of You Lingers by Spoon
Never Tear Us Apart by INXS
My Lover's Gone by Dido
You by Keaton Henson
Stay With Me by Sam Smith
Mercy by Shiny Toy Guns
Sirens by Fleurie
Who Can It Be Now? by Men At Work
Blah Blah Blah by Say Hi
I'm Just a Shadow by SHEL
Spoonman by Soundgarden
You Will Be My Ain True Love by Alison Krauss


Black Hole Sun by Nouela
Nowhere to Run by Phil Collins
Low Life by X Ambassadors
Kickstart My Heart by Motley Crue
Trouble by Pink
Have you Seen by Sharon Van Etten
Walk Like an Egyptian by The Bangles
Bodies by Drowning Pool
Air on a G String
Fields of Gold by Eva Cassidy
King of Pain by A Band Called Pain
Love Sex Magic by Ciara and Justin Timberlake
Making Love out of Nothing at All by Air Supply
Coming Down by Dum Dum Girls
Couldn't Stop Caring by Spiritual Machines
Black Magic by Ruston Kelly
Vor i Vaglaskogi by Kaleo
Every Breath You Take by Chase Holdfelder
Where the River Bends by Matthew Barber


Way Down We Go - Kaleo
Better Love - Hozier
Until We Go Down - Ruelle
Game of Survival - Ruelle
All out of Love - Air Supply
I Put a Spell on You - Annie Lennox
Your Heart is as Black as Night - Joe Bonamassa, Beth Hart
With You Were Here - Pink Floyd
Til it Happens to you - Lady Gaga
Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin
Rescue my Heart - Liz Longley
Constant Craving - J2, Lesley Roy
Top Hat: Cheek to Cheek - Fred Astaire
A Little Wicked - Vickie Broussard
Hurts like Hell - Fleurie
Killer - Phoebe Bridgers
A Case of You - Joni Mitchell
Falling - Joshua Radin
Tear You Apart - She Wants Revenge

Cold Blooded by The Pretty Wreckless
Brain Damage by Pink Floyd
Goodbye To You by Ben Harper
Song for my Father by Sarah McLachlan
Mary by Nightmare Boy
 Mr. Blue Sky by ELO
Africa by Toto
Dancing in the Dark by Nicole Atkins
Closer by Nine Inch Nails
A Country Boy Can Survive by Hank Williams Jr.
Baby Ima Want You by Bread
Some kind of Wonderful by Grand Funk Railroad
Wherever I may Roam by Metallica
Just Give Me a Reason by Pink
Take me to Church by Hozier
Sara by Fleetwood Mac

Madness by Muse
Born to be Wild by Steppenwolf
100 years by Five for Fighting
Mr. Bojangles by Sammy Davis Jr.
What Kind of Man by Florence & the Machine
Gold Dust Woman by Fleetwood Mac
Take it Easy by Eagles
You Belong to Me by Cat Pierce
Without You by Badfinger
Do I Wanna Know by Arctic Monkeys
Save my Soul by RIVVRS
Little Sparrow by Audra Mae
American Pie by Don McLean
Heartless by The Fray
Song for My Father by Sarah McLachlan
I'm in Love with my Lover by Bleu
Sorry by Nothing But Thieves
Hard to Say I'm sorry by Chicago
Count on Me by NeedToBreathe
Time is On My Side by The Rolling Stones
Hurricane by Thirty Seconds to Mars
Love Me by the Little Willies
A Whiter Shade of Pale by Procol Harum
All I Want Is You by U2

What Makes a Good Man? by The Heavy
Faith by George Michael
Even the Nights are Better by Air Supply
Beat It by Michael Jackson
Wild Woman by Sleep Machine
Dancing inthe Moonlight by Tim Barton
Game of Survival by Ruelle
Man or a Monster by Zayde Wolf
All Along the Watchtower by Jimi Hendrix
Donoughmore by Rose Cousins
Moondance by Liz Longley

Wise Enough by Lamb
Next To You by Of Rust and Bone
 Something in the Air by Steelfeather
Movement by Hozier
Hips Don't Lie by Shakira
You got Me by Gavin McGraw
Silver Springs by Fleetwood Mac
Comatose by  sød ven

I'm still Standing by Elton John
One of These Nights by Meg Birch
X by Welshley Arms
Heartless by Kris Allen
Ain't No Grave by Renee Elise Goldsberry
Jungle by X Ambassadors
Livin on a Prayer by Bon Jovi
Sunspots by Nine Inch Nails
Somebody's Watching Me by Hidden Citizens
There's Something Dark by Dustin Kensrue
Josephine by Chris Cornell
NFWMB by Hozier
Earned It by The Weeknd
Closer by Nine Inch Nails
Light of the Seven by Ramin Djawadi
Between the Lines by Felix Rauber
Devil Devil by MILCK
Mausoleum by Rafferty
Bury by Onions
The Final Countdown by Europe
My Heart Wants Blood by The Spiritual Machines
Bury a Friend by Billie Ellish
Crazy Love by Van Morrison
Locked by Welshly Arms

Safety Dance by Men Without Hats
Fortunate Son by CCR
42 by Coldplay
Rival by Ruelle
Happy Together by Gerard Way
Still of the Night by Whitesnake
There's a Ghost by Fleurie
Lost it All by Jill Andrews
Bad Company by Bad Company
Bad Guy by Billie Eilish
The Stroke by Billy Squire
Hunt You Down by Saliva
California Dreaming by Chris Proctor
Kashmir by Led Zeppelin
I'm Gonna Be by the Proclaimers
Father and Daughter by Paul Simon
With or Without You by U2 

Dead Man's Party by Oingo Boingo
Death and all his Friends by Coldplay
Don't Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult
 Who Let the Dogs Out by Baha Men
One I Love by Shawn James
I Feel You by Depeche Mode
Need You tonight by Welshley Arms
Hazy Shade of Winter by Gerard Way, Ray Toro
NFWMB by Hozier
We Will Rock You by Queen
The Lady In Red by Chris De Burgh
Let Me Out by Hidden Citizens
Fur Elise by Ludwig Van Beethoven
Exit Music (For a Film) by Radiohead
Heroes by Zayde Wolf
You Should See Me In A Crown by Billie Eilish
Don't Fear the Reaper by Denmark + Winter
Warfare by Katie Garfield

  Auld Lang Syne by Wendy Salisbury
Something Evil by The Hot Damns (ft. Marc Scibilia)
 El Jarabe Tapatio by Mariachi Vargas De Tecalitian
Open Arms by Journey
Nobody Loves You by Rafferty
Tear You Apart by She Wants Revenge
Slowdance I by The Murder Capital
Losing My Religion by Bellsaint
Wicked Game by Ursine Vulpine, Annaca
Crazy by Gnarls Barkley
Baby Did A Bad Thing by Chris Isaak
My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion
Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus
I'd Do anything for Love (But I won't Do That) by Meatloaf
The Wolf In Your Darkest Room by Matthew Mayfield
How Villains Are Made by Madalen Duke
Part-Time Lover by Stevie Wonder
Flesh and Bone by Black Math
Send Her My Love by Journey
Bloody City by Sam Tinnesz
Darkness Inside by Astyria
Cheek to Cheek by Fred Astaire
Sweet Dreams by Eurythmics
Dust In the Wind by Kansas
Mausoleum by Rafferty
Crazy by Daniela Andrade
I’ll Stand by You by the Pretenders



Landslide by Fleetwood Mac
Baba O'Riley by the Who 
Machinehead by Bush
Everlong (Acoustic) by Foo Fighters
 Try by Pink
Feel Like Makin' Love by Bad Company
Little Lies by Fleetwood Mac
Awake my Soul by Mumford and Sons
Sex on Fire by Kings of Leon
Home by Philip Phillips

Gimme Shelter by the Rolling Stones
 Kiss Me by Ed Sheeran
Thunderstruck by AC/DC
A Little Less Conversation by Elvis
Boom Boom by John Lee Hooker
Misty Blue by Etta James
Ice Cream by Sarah McLachlan
A Beautiful Lie by 30 Seconds to Mars
Shook me All Night Long by AC/DC
Big Shot by Billy Joel
Human by Christina Perri 
She's always a Woman to Me by Billy Joel
Give me Love by Ed Sheeran
Coming out by Diana Ross
Stubborn Love by the Lumineers
Just Breathe by Pearl Jam
Best Laid Plans by James Blunt

Night of the Hunter by 30 Seconds to Mars
Somebody that I used to know by Gotye
Yesterday by the Beatles
Your Wildest Dreams by the Moody Blues
Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You by Led Zeppelin
Clementine by Sarah Jaffe
With or Without you by U2
If You See Her, Say Hello by Bob Dylan
Far Behind by Candlebox
Let her Go by Passenger
How can I tell you by Liz Durrett
She Wolf by David Guetta
I Just Want to Make Love to you by Foghat
This Love by Maroon 5
Love Will Find a Way by Tesla
You Were Always on my Mind by Willie Nelson
Closer by Nine Inch Nails
Love Me Again by John Newman
Isabelle by Michael Kaeshammer
Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran
I bet my life by Imagine Dragons

Return to Innocence by Enigma
Song to the Siren by This Mortal Coil
Captive by Liz Durrett
Silent all these Years by Tori Amos
Like Real People Do by Hozier
Bad to the Bone by George Thorogood
Lullaby by Billy Joel
Howl by Florence and the Machine
Stand by Me by Ki Theory
Sally's song by Amy Lee
Pompeii by Posthumus
I Can't Help Falling by Elvis
Lakota Healing Song

Shape of my Heart by Sting
Chandelier by Sia
Undisclosed Desires by Muse
 My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark by Fallout Boy
Crash into Me by Dave Matthews Band
Monster by Imagine Dragons
can't Pretend by Tom Odell
Crazy in Love by Sofia Karlberg
Hunt you Down by Saliva
Map of the Problematique by Muse
I Gave you All by Mumford and Sons
For the Damaged by Blonde Redhead
Dust in the Wind by Kansas
Howling for You by the Black Keys
Madness by Muse
Arsonists Lullaby by Hozier
Fix You by Coldplay
hey Brother Avicii

Come Home by One Republic
Once Upon Another Time by Sara Bareilles
Stay by Lisa Loeb
First Day Of My Life by Bright Eyes
 All I Want by Kodaline
Winter Song by Sara Bareilles
Can't Fight This Feeling REO Speedwagon
Longing to Belong by Eddie Vedder
With Wolves by J. Tillman
White Blank Page by Mumford and Sons
My Love will Never Die by Hozier
Not With Haste by Mumford and Sons
These Arms of Mine by Otis Redding
I would Die for you by Bon Jovi
No One's Gonna Love You by Band of Horses
When You Wish Upon A Star by Billy Joel

Once Upon a December by Emilie Pandolfi
When It's Love by Van Halen
Uprising by Muse
 Can't Take my Eyes off You by Muse
 You're the one that I want by Angus & Julia Stone
 From Eden by Hozier
Fire and Rain by James Taylor
Fly Me to the Moon by Frank Sinatra
Bad Moon Rising by CCR
 Make it Rain by sofia Karlberg
 Trouble by Ray Lamontagne
Can't Help Falling In Love by Haley Reinhart

Dream on by Aerosmith
Werewolves of London by Warren Zevon 
If I had a Heart by Fever Ray
 Reminder by Mumford and Sons
 Secret Garden by Bruce Springsteen
Hungry Like the Wolf by Duran Duran
Heaven by Bryan Adams
Not Enough by Van Halen
You Give Love a Bad Name by Bon Jovi
 Mama Said Knock You Out by LL Cool J
 Battle Cry by Imagine Dragons
Fix You by Coldplay
This Woman's Work by Kate Bush
Heal by Tom Odell
Baby Mine Allison Krauss
Over You by Cassadee Pope
Hey Brother Avicci
Mary You by Bruno Mars
Sex on Fire by  Kings of Leon
Landslide by Fleetwood Mac
Don't Let Us Get Sick by Jackson Browne
Whataya Want From Me (acoustic) by Adam Lambert
American Hearts by Shawn James & the Shapeshifters

O' Death by  Jen Titus
Blinding by Florence and the Machine
Time is running out by Muse
Me I'm not by NIN
The Mezzanine by Liz Durrett
Get out Alive by Three Days Grace
Understanding by Evanescence

Mouth by Bush
Captive by Liz Durrett
In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel
Too Close by Alex Claire
Hardest of hearts by Florence and the Machine

Timebomb by Beck
Running up that Hill by Placebo
Symphony Number 25 in G Minor by Amadeus Mozart
Womanizer by Britney Spears
Salvation by the Scanners
Protoge Moi by Placebo (French version)
In the Air Tonight by Phil Collins
Here with me by Dido

No Light by Florence and the Machine
I Will Corrupt You by Depeche Mode
Samson by Regina Spektor
This Night by Black Lab
Heavy in your Arms by Florence and the Machine
I Will Remember You by Sarah McLachlan
Gravity by Sarah Barillas

Scars by Anna Nalik
You'll Never Walk Alone by Liz Durrett
Shake it out by Florence and the Machine
Wild Horses by the Rolling Stones
Northern Lights by 30 Seconds to Mars
Sadie's Song by Kate Herzig
Everything you Do by Carl Anderson (youtube)
The Race by 30 Seconds from Mars
So Whatcha Want by the Beastie Boys
The Funeral by Band of Horses
Who Wants To Live Forever by Queen
 I Wanna Know what Love Is by Foreigner 
This Woman's Work by Kate Bush
Feels like Home by Bonnie Raitt

Candles by Daughter
Unsteady by X Ambassadors
I'm on Fire by Bruce Springsteen
Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol
The Child is Gone by Fiona Apple
The Lotus Flower by Issip
 My Body is a Cage by Sara Lov
Only You by Delilah
Latch by Daniela Andrade
Made by Battle Tapes
I Feel You by Placebo

Christmastime is here by Daniela Andrade
Superstition by Stevie wonder
You Got it by Roy Orbison
Ordinary Miracle by Sarah McLachlan
River by Sarah McLachlan
Silent Night by Sarah McLachlan
Little Sadie by mark Lanigan
Beautiful Boy by John Lennon
Feels Like Home by Bonnie Raitt

Kiss with a Fist by Florence and the Machine
Sweet Caroline by ?? (it was a remake)
Lover's Eyes by Mumford and Sons
Here with Me by Dido
Comatose by Skillet
Bring me to Life by Evanescence
Open your Eyes by Snow Patrol
Run by Snow Patrol
Hold you in my Arms by Ray Lamontogne
Have no Fear by Birdy York
Be Still my Love by Bush
Ghost of you Lingers by Spoon
Never Let me Go by Florence and the Machine
Something by "Across the Universe" soundtrack
I Will Wait by Mumford and Sons
Green Eyes by Coldplay
I Gave you All by Mumford and Sons