Katherine Silva
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Vox: Book 1 of the Monstrum Chronicles

Vox was my first published novel. I was 21 at the time of writing it and had just discovered a love for opera. I listened to Lucia di Lammermoor's "Il Dulce Suono", otherwise known as "the Mad Scene" for 11 hours while writing scenes for Vox. I had also just begun exploring electronica, particularly pieces by The Crystal Method, which has been one of my go-to bands while working on The Monstrum Chronicles. Chris Vrenna's awesome soundtrack for the classic PC game "American McGee's Alice" also has a couple of tracks here, notably "Taking Tea in Dreamland" which was my inspiration for the asylum in chapter 2 of the book.

Aequitas: Book 2 of the Monstrum Chronicles

I think the soundtrack for Aequitas is one of my favorites. Machine Gun by Portishead is what kicks off the soundtrack, accompanying that stark reality that the prologue brings. "Nisi Dominus" (which was inspiration for the first chapter) was also a perfect ominous piece that I listened to for many different scenes over the course of the book. I'd had a chance over the two years of writing the book to be introduced to some little known artists like Atra Aeterna, O+S, and Little People whose music was integral to the creative process. One of the other most notable songs on this soundtrack is Red's Take It All Away, which was listened to while writing a flashback scene featuring Reid, Cardea, and Vilko. It's a powerful scene and the emotion that comes from the singer's voice absolutely blew me away and gave me the oomph to write it.

Memento Mori: Book 3 of The Monstrum Chronicles

I think Memento Mori is probably the darkest book I've written yet and the music I listened to really inspired that overall feeling. I really fell in love with ambient instrumental music while working on this book. Bersarin Quartett, Darren Korb, Andreas Ronnberg, Mogwai, Atra Aeterna, and Blackmill are all kind of in that same genre with a little more electronic influences here and there. This is also one of the more instrumental soundtrack heavy playlists that I've done and contains works from Philip Glass, Johann Johannson, Jeff Russo, Howard Shore, Olafur Arnalds, James Newton Howard, and Max Richter. As I've mentioned time and time again, one of the strongest pieces on this soundtrack is, without a doubt, Requiem II: Kyrie by Gyorgy Ligeti. It inspired one of the most terrifying scenes I've ever written featuring some taxidermy and it's still probably high on the list of scariest songs I've ever listened to.


Night Time, Dotted Line

This is pretty straight-forward: I loved writing Night Time, Dotted Line and loved the songs that inspired it. It's a warmer book and by that extension, a warmer soundtrack. Night Time by the xx is one of the driving songs (pun unintented) behind this story. I really couldn't get enough of it. The Wolves by Ben Howard, Dear Fellow Traveller by Sea Wolf, Have You Got It In You? by Imogen Heap, and Drive All Night by NEEDTOBREATHE are the others I'd say were integral to this book being written.


The Collection

The Collection was birthed essentially by listening to lots and lots of eerie instrumental music and soundtracks from period dramas. Some of the main inspirations behind this novel are actually pieces from soundtracks by Dario Marianelli, Max Richter, James Newton Howard, and Abel Korzeniowski. There are other pieces that are zany, weird, one-of-a-kind ones that worked for certain scenes. One such piece was a composition recorded from tree rings taken from an ash tree that someone then played on a record player. It's this chaotic beauty that spoke to me while writing this terrifying piano scene and I don't think it would have worked with anything else.