I prefer to write without external distractions, but I frequently play music as a precursor to writing, to access a certain mood.
Perhaps this is why music often finds its way into my work.
Evangeline, the protagonist of LOST & WAITING, has been unable to listen to music since she suffered a stillbirth. Everything changes when she embarks on a plant hunting expedition to Chile.
Not all the tracks listed here appear in my novel, but they were there in its formation.
For more on music as a muse to writers, see my review of Tyler Keevil’s talk on the subject for NovelNights, Bristol.
See also my blog on art as inspiration.