One of the things I do while writing is listen to music. And for each project, I have a different sound, a different feel that helps me get into the mood of the characters, the setting, the world. For my lesbian epic fantasy, I listened to a lot of sweeping movie scores like Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, Lord of the Rings, and and a lot of Two Steps From Hell, who do epic-sounding fighty music.
I wanted Circuit Fae to have a different feel, more fluid and wild, more modern and angsty. The Circuit Fae playlists had to capture the exhilaration of falling in love, the angst of wondering if she feels the same way, the pain of being separated. Plus, it had to capture the Fae themselves—the dark Fae of the Winter Court, cold and merciless; and the fair Fae of the Summer Court, fiery and passionate.
So I started making Pandora stations and playlists of my own. I added to them every week. Now, my main Circuit Fae playlist is over eight hours. It contains music from Sia to Siouxsie, from Lindsey Stirling to Halsey.
I wanted every playlist to seethe with emotion. Especially Rouen’s.
Rouen is the Villainess who starts off trying to kill the Heroine, but eventually teams up with her. Rouen’s got a lot of baggage and sometimes scolds herself for being too broody and emo. A dark Fae princess, she’s been stripped of her birthright for daring to speak out against the males in her dark Faerie homeland, UnderHollow.
As punishment, she’s forced to be a Huntress of the Wild Hunt under the command of the Big Bad, the Huntsman. So she’s got every right to be emo.
The true Rouen playlist has over a hundred songs, but I’ve chosen these ten specifically for you, my pretties. Enjoy all the emo goodness!
Until next time, slán go fóill!
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