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Aural Pleasures: TOUCHING FATE by Brenda Drake

Touching Fate Brenda Drake

Today we have author Brenda Drake, whose newest release Touching Fate hit shelves last month to great acclaim! Brenda has stopped by EverAfter to share the playlist for her book and we hope you enjoy! Be sure to pick up a copy of Touching Fate today!

1. How do you make your playlists for your books?

While I’m writing, I have Pandora on and I shuffle through songs. I keep a lists of songs that fit a scene or even the briefest moment in the story. The ones that really resonate with me and the story, I add to a YouTube playlist.

2. Do you use the entire playlist for the whole book or specific parts for certain sections or types of scenes?

I have several playlists I use. I can get pretty tired of songs if I play them over too many times. My playlists span the entire book, but I hop around and play the ones I feel fit the scene I’m writing or revising.

3. How does the music impact your writing process?

Music puts me in the mood of the scene. It brings out the emotions I’m trying to get out on the page. Songs bring inspiration and sometimes take me in a different direction than I had originally planned.

4. Do certain songs or artists continually come up in your book playlists?

Yes, I tend to gravitate to certain artists for particular feelings I’m going for. For instance, if I want a happy or upbeat feeling I’ll listen to American Authors. For love scenes, One Direction and Taylor Swift come up a lot.

5. Does the music on your playlists also get put into your casual listening?

Definitely. I really enjoy hearing the songs I’ve selected when not writing. Images of my stories do play through my head when I listen to them. It gets me excited to write the next story in that world.

6. What’s one piece of writing advice you would like to share?

Read a lot. Watch the world around you. Let others inspire you through their music or words.

Touching Fate Playlist Side A


  1. Best Day of My Life by American Authors: I tend to play American Authors when I want a lively happy song. This one is perfect for when Aster and Reese meet on the Ocean City boardwalk.
  1. You & I by One Direction: When Aster and Reese first start falling in love, as all young lovers feel, they believe nothing can tear them apart.
  1. Yours by Ella Henderson: This song is Aster when she starts opening up and accepting love with Reese.
  1. Incomplete by James Bay – Because of his curse, Reese feels incomplete but he wants Aster to be with him no matter what the outcome.
  1. Everything Is Lost by Maggie Eckford: Aster feels hopeless, that she’s lost Reese, and she isn’t able to save him.
  1. Stop and Stare by OneRepublic: When Reese realizes he can’t let Aster suffer for him, he feels frozen and alone to face his demon.
  1. Clocks by Coldplay: Attending his final birthday party because he’s cursed to die at eighteen, Reese feels the clock counting down and the curse closing in on him.
  1. Love Story by Taylor Swift: This song is great since for Reese’s birthday his mother throws a masked ball for him, and all the hope and love this song has is perfect for the final scenes.

Brenda DrakeBrenda Drake grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

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