Music Inspiring My Novel

Every novel has a playlist. The songs we sing in the shower as the ideas manifest. Tunes we hear while we're out driving, trying to break free from writer's block. Lyrics which have held permanent residence in our heads since college.

Authors might not always publicize what's spinning as they write, but I'm happy to share my influences and openly thank the artists for inspiring my work.

These tracks are among those on repeat throughout my writing process.

1. I'm Not the Devil, Cody Jinks
2. Bloodstream, Ed Sheeran
3. Give Me One Reason, Tracy Chapman
4. Better Man, Paolo Nutini
5. Tin Man, Miranda Lambert
6. My Church, Maren Morris
7. In the Blood, John Mayer
8. That Was Us, Kip Moore
9. Another Story, The Head and the Heart
10. Highwayman, The Highwaymen
11. Homeboy, Eric Church
12. Come a Little Closer, Dierks Bentley
13. I Wanna Learn a Love Song, Harry Chapin
14. No Ordinary Love, Sade
15. Ghosts That We Knew, Mumford and Sons
16. Colder Weather, Zac Brown Band
17. At Last, Etta James


Ann Kinsale


Ann Kinsale is an Ohio-based writer fueled by dark chocolate, moonlight, and getting lost on back country roads. Her debut novel Vultures is on sale now. 

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