Decaf For The Dead: Writing Playlist

Most of my fiction writing has its own soundtrack.  Some songs I choose to write to are familiar and comforting, offering a peaceful and welcoming environment for me to create, while other songs are added as the story progresses. These songs represent a certain character or theme.

The weird thing about Decaf For The Dead is I didn’t really listen to music while I wrote… other than whatever might have been playing in a few of the coffee shops I sat in while I wrote some of it, that is.

I think environment and nature was more of the soundtrack during the five year process from concept to creation with this story… and familiar feelings of loss and memories you can’t get back.

Fall leaves rustling, espresso machines steaming milk, the conversational chatter between two people, or the silence that people try so hard to fill… those things are definitely the real soundtrack to Decaf For The Dead.

However, during the editing process is really when I put music to a project. I love imagining my books as movies and you can’t leave out the soundtrack! It can really set the vibe of a movie.

In the last few months, I’ve listened to these songs to help me stay in my characters’ mind sets as I edited and designed the cover.

Feel free to listen to this playlist as you read the book or sit in a park on a fall day with a hot cup of coffee to really be in tune with the story.

Check out more of my playlists here.


  • Sandy Lo

    Sandy Lo’s personal story is inspiring. She started, StarShine Magazine, an online publication in 2001, at the age of 18. She wrote her first novel in 2009, “Lost In You,” followed by the “Dream Catchers” Series. She was the first person ever to professionally interview Taylor Swift and has received personal endorsements for her books from members of boy bands Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees. Recently, she has been seeing some tremendous momentum in book sales on Kindle. She has been included on the “50 Writers You Should Be Reading” list by The Authors Show, and “Dream Catchers”, “Breaking The Moon” and “Indigo Waters” reached the Top 100 Best Selling Coming of Age novels in Amazon’s Kindle Store. What makes this even more unique, is that Sandy relocated from NY to Nashville in order to write “The Watch Dog,” which is set in a fictional town outside of Music City. “The Watch Dog” reached the Top 10 Ghost Stories on Amazon. Aside from her writing projects, Sandy is also a freelance digital strategist.