I love listening to people name their desert island picks, discovering new music to listen to or new books to read; hearing the stories about where someone was when they first stumbled upon the author or book that would forever change the way they viewed the world; or, if the person in question is a writer, what songs play in the background when they write.

On this page, I link to playlists created by some of my favourite writers. Check back often as I update it regularly. (And, please, don’t hesitate to leave suggestions in the comments field.)

  • Sarah Selecky, author of Radiant Shimmering Light (HarperCollins Publishers) and creator of the Sarah Selecky Writing School shares her personal Writing Time playlist on Spotify.
  • New BoyLet Roberta Flack, The Jackson Five and Three Dog Night transport you to 1974. Tracy Chevalier, author of nine brilliant novels, has created a soulful playlist to accompany New Boy, a retelling of Shakespeare’s Othello.
  • At the Edge of the Orchard: Death Cab for Cutie, Iron and Wine, Gillian Welch and The Lumineers: this playlist is ripe with moody Americana harvested by Chevalier to complement her 2016 novel, which is set in the stagnant swamps of northwest Ohio circa 1838.
  • Got writer’s block? Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton fame has a cure for that. Check out his gift to writers everywhere: the Write Your Way Out playlist. From “Oxford Comma” to “Wrote My Way Out”, it’s literary inspiration on demand.

Want to hear more? Check out my mixed tapes.

One Comment on “Playlists

  1. Pingback: Reading New Boy? Check out the soundtrack. – Shelley Marie Motz

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