I remember back in college, my professors seemed to disagree on the notion of listening to music while writing. I had a screenwriting teacher who was amazing and thought the idea of using music to help power and pattern our scenes and sequences was smart, so, I got into the habit of doing that for everything I've ever written.
The invention of apps like Spotify and Amazon Music make it so much easier to put together a mix of tunes to help power your own creative ventures. I've made so many playlists built on the idea of mood and activity, it's almost absurd. My friends know about and enjoy my annual "Cigars & Summer" playlists, and I still have cassette tapes of my mixes that I used to make back in middle and high school. Back when "middle school" was referred to as junior high, anyway.
My point is, every book I publish will come with curated playlist, and the one for my first book, People is no different. Loaded with songs to help set the mood and establish the tone of Resting Hollow and its surrounding areas, the playlist if a love letter to those artists, as much as it is to the book the stories are featured in.
Let music power your work, you won't be sorry.
Robert P. Ottone is an author, teacher, and cigar enthusiast from East Islip, New York. He delights in the creepy.