Like authors everywhere, I have many inspirations. I draw a lot of inspiration from music; I find that a lyric or a melody can carry just as much feeling as a paragraph in a book. Naturally, music plays a large role in my writing and this was particularly true for 'Heartbound'.
Whilst writing 'Heartbound', I spent a lot of time with my headphones on. I found that writing with music on in the background was the best way to release the creative juices flowing around my brain. As I carried on writing and listening, I found that some songs just fitted into what I was writing; maybe the artist was singing about feeling alone like Davey or maybe they were venting their frustration, again like Davey. These songs kept cropping up, so I decided to make a Spotify playlist dedicated to 'Heartbound'. Have a listen below:
A lot of these songs relate to how Davey feels throughout the novel. Take Track 3, 'Not Alone' by Red. This song has the message that even in the darkest times, you always have someone by your side to help you through the difficult period. I felt that all of these songs related to 'Heartbound' in some form or another. I hope you agree.