The Music of Mrs. Andrews

As some of you know, the project I’m working on for Nanowrimo this month is the sequel to OFF THE RAILS, so I’m finding myself revisiting a lot of the music I listened to when I wrote the first book, with the addition of a lot of new songs.

The first time around, I listened to this album on Amazon music over. And over. And over. I actually got really sick of it by the end, but it was so perfect for the book I couldn’t stop listening. I especially love Ashoken Farewell, Somebody’s Darling, and Hard Times, which actually appears once in the book. A good deal of OFF THE RAILS deals with mourning and loss, and while I was writing it my grandfather passed away. Vacant Chair makes me cry every single time.


Usually when I write, I listen to a lot of instrumental movie and television soundtracks. Two of my go-to’s are from Penny Dreadful (season one, especially) and Crimson Peak.

Mrs. Andrews and her entire family are of Irish descent, which has a lot of bearing on the story, so I also listen to a lot of Celtic and Irish music. I’m gravitating to two different extremes here–the quiet, old fashioned voice of Loreena McKennitt, especially ballads like The Lady of Shallot:

…And the Dropkick Murphys, who are actually American, but do a sort of Celtic punk rock style that I am really into right now.

What have you been listening to?