Harnessing the power of music: Inspiration for Hooligans in Shining Armour

One of the first things I do when I begin a new novel is start a playlist. Music helps get my mind into the setting, characters, and emotional state of the scenes. Here are a few of my favorites from Hooligans in Shining Armour.

Setting in general (the first video captures it best):

Danny’s songs:

Patrick and Fiona’s favorite songs:

Danny and Fiona’s favorite song:

Danny and Fiona’s burgeoning romance:

What songs are on your soundtrack?



  1. Marcus Case · January 8, 2015

    For Belfast? Theme from Harry’s Game by Clannad (it’s a great story).


    • sjoycarlson · January 28, 2015

      That is also a good song ๐Ÿ˜› But it was taken ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›


  2. S. R. Carrillo · January 10, 2015

    I don’t like Flogging Molly all that much, so I skipped so those songs, but I listened to all the others. I liked all of ’em, actuallyl That Matt Corby song is really something special. And of course “Zombie” is like a classic to me.


    • sjoycarlson · January 28, 2015

      (so sorry for the delay!!) Yay thanks for listening to all the songs!! Yeah, I was really digging that Matt Corby song for the last bit of working on Hooligans ๐Ÿ™‚ And I’ll still be your friend even though you don’t like Flogging Molly. ๐Ÿ˜›


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