Do you write to music? Or do you prefer silence? Does it matter how the music is played? (Huh?) No, really. I can’t listen to any music with words when writing. Unless I’m wearing headphones. Somehow, the words being right in my ears makes them fade to background. If they’re on speakers, I focus on the words. Weird, huh?

So I’m listening to my MP3 player the other night and I’m working on a chapter. The words are in the background, just doing their thing. Then Journey comes on and I had this aha moment: this book is a Journey book! So now I’ve got Mike compiling all our Journey music so I can listen while writing. The last book was a Bon Jovi book. The medieval I wrote was a classical book (lots of Mozart, Beethoven, and Ravel’s Bolero for some reason). That might have had something to do with the fact I hadn’t yet figured out the headphone thing and was only listening to music without words.

So what kind of book are you writing?

—I love being a writer. What I can’t stand is the paperwork.~ Peter De Vries