Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Guest Post: Broken Playlist by A.E. Rought

Today we have A.E. Rought stopping by to share the playlist she made while writing Broken. Broken is hitting shelves today so make sure you check it out! Here's a synopsis:

Imagine a modern spin on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein where a young couple’s undying love and the grief of a father pushed beyond sanity could spell the destruction of them all.

A string of suspicious deaths near a small Michigan town ends with a fall that claims the life of Emma Gentry's boyfriend, Daniel. Emma is broken, a hollow shell mechanically moving through her days. She and Daniel had been made for each other, complete only when they were together. Now she restlessly wanders the town in the late Fall gloom, haunting the cemetery and its white-marbled tombs, feeling Daniel everywhere, his spectre in the moonlight and the fog.

When she encounters newcomer Alex Franks, only son of a renowned widowed surgeon, she's intrigued despite herself. He's an enigma, melting into shadows, preferring to keep to himself. But he is as drawn to her as she is to him. He is strangely... familiar. From the way he knows how to open her locker when it sticks, to the nickname she shared only with Daniel, even his hazel eyes with brown flecks are just like Daniel's.

The closer they become, though, the more something inside her screams there's something very wrong with Alex Franks. And when Emma stumbles across a grotesque and terrifying menagerie of mangled but living animals within the walls of the Franks' estate, creatures she surely knows must have died from their injuries, she knows.

Broken Playlist by A.E. Rought:

Thanks so much for having me here to discuss one of my favorite subject combos, music and books! For me, the two go together like milk and cookies, coffee and donuts. I like having background music on while I read, though I’m nowhere near as picky about what I listen to while reading as I am while writing.

When I’m writing, the playlist becomes an audible version of the book’s voice in my head. Normally my playlists have more tonal variation, almost a rainbow of sounds: some fast, some sweet, some angry. BROKEN’s playlist is the first one to be so monochromatically moody and romantic. Sure, there are a couple that have a different edge to them, but the majority of them have growly, suede voices, and a melancholy air to the music.

Near the end of writing book, when I’d whittled out the tunes that didn’t fit, I ended up with this list:

Eclipsed, by Evans Blue
So Much, by The Spill Canvas
All Around Me, by Fly Leaf
Breaking Inside, by Shinedow
Perfect, by Burn Season
Closer, by Burn Season
Staplegunned, by The Spill Canvas
Decode, by Paramore
You're Not Alone, by Saosin
Fix Me, by Ten Years
Monster You Made, by Pop Evil
Good to You, by Marianas Trench
Broken, by Seether, featuring Amy Lee
Somebody Like You, by Pop Evil
Sick, by Adelita’s Way
Breaking Inside, by Shinedown
Crashed, by Chris Daughtry
Savin’ Me, by Nickelback
Dig, by Incubus
Always, by Saliva
A Thousand Years, by Christina Perri
It’s Been a While, Staind
You’re Not Alone, by Saosin
Fix Me, Ten Years

Burn Season, The Spill Canvas, Pop Evil, Broken, by Seether and Amy Lee, and Always, by Saliva became the story’s background tones. I swept strokes of Good to You by Marinas Trench, and A Thousand Years by Christina Perry in to highlight romantic scenes. Perfect, by Burn Season underscored an entire chapter in the higher Twenties. I won’t tell you what happens, but if you listen to the song, you’ll understand when you read the chapter…

And, just because I can be cheeky on occasion, I will give you a couple songs from the playlist for the book I’m writing now:

Still Broken, by Plan Three
Bring me to Life, by Evanescence
Without You, by Ashes Remain
Look in my Eyes, by Rains

Thanks again for having me!

For more about Broken check out these sites!


  1. Love the sound of this book! Frankenstein is one of my fave stories to have retold because each retelling is so innovative and creative!

    -Angie @YA Novelties

  2. What an awesome playlist. "Crashed," is actually one of my favorite songs! :)

    My Top Ten Tuesday

  3. Great post, will have to check this book out, it sounds very interesting.

    Katie ~ Turner’s Antics

  4. Great post, I love reading about what songs go with books because I like to listen to music while I read. I love the Spill Canvas! I definitely have Broken on my list though and will hopefully have time to read it soon.

    Traci @ The Reading Geek


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