Dead Dreamer’s Evolution

There are writers who work with silence
Those who work with television on in the background 
And there are those who write with music in the background. 

Back in 2012, Lynchburg College decided to interview me about my books. I recently found the article and realized how much things have changed. It has been a long road since I first started writing the series back in 2008. It had changed between then and when the article was written. And it has changed again between 2012 and 2018.

My writing style has evolved. My knowledge expanded by research. My music tastes have evolved. And life experience has given me what I needed to make Dead Dreamer what it should be: A story about a strong, independent woman handling life and death, but coming out stronger in the end.

Music has always been a strong influence in my life. Through every change, every challenge, and every blessing, I’m always searching for the perfect song to match it. Dead Dreamer began with a song: Running Up That Hill by Placebo (a cover).

It doesn’t hurt me.
Do you want to feel how it feels?
Do you want to know that it doesn’t hurt me?
Do you want to hear about the deal that I’m making?
You, it’s you and me.

By the time I had written the second entry to the Dead Dreamer series, I was introduced to the band 10 Years. And one of their songs struck a cord with me because it matched the series so perfectly, I cried.  It was Waking Up the Ghost from the album Feeding the Wolves.

No one knows
The secrets that I keep
No one knows
What’s in my head
I can’t control
The other side of me
I have lost my breath
The pulse of a steady beat
Pleading for sanity
The voices calling out my name
Now I’m afraid
That I am waking up the ghost
I’m digging up the memories
That were dead to me
Now, now I’m getting close
Closer to the enemy
That’s inside of me
Under the skin
The soul of the guilty
Under the surface
Lonely lies
Under the weight
The sin is
Eating me alive
No mercy
No forgiveness
Condemn to my own hell
The voices calling out my name
It was perfect. It still is perfect.

Dead Dreamer’s lore has evolved into something bigger and darker than I ever thought it would be. And I have these artists to thank. Not just 10 Years, or Placebo. But also Kamelot, Evanescence, Lindsey Stirling [though shes on another playlist], Nothing More, and so many more. Their music has pushed my mind into places it has never been before. The staircase may be dangerous, but their voices help guide me in the right direction.

So here it is. The music that helps me master the darkness within my own mind.



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  1. You have such GREAt taste in music! The song Running Up That Hill also gets my creative juices flowing– and I also have an obsession with covers! Sometimes a different sound that is more tailored to your tastes is exactly what you need to get writing again! I loved this post 🙂

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