- Take Your Time by Sam Hunt
This was the main inspiration for Sweet Light. I can’t remember how I cam across this song but once I had heard it, that was it. I had fallen in love and I felt Lira’s pain and suffering so deep within me that I just had to tell her story.
- House Party by Sam Hunt
This song is fun and filled with happiness and joy. I always play this song during the fun scenes at Caleb’s bar. It’s a great song that just makes you want to stand up, skull your drink, and dance until you pass out.
- Raised On It by Sam Hunt
This song is such a ‘Hazelwood boys’ song. When I hear this song, I think of Kane, Jett, Blake, Caleb and Nate growing up and doing stupid things boys do in the country.
- Slow Motion by Trey Songz
Ahhh this song. Trey Songz never fails to make me feel like a sexual goddess and really put me in the mood. Screw candles and rose petals, ladies, all you need is Trey Songz. This song is played on repeat when I’m writing the steamy scenes between Kane and Lira.
- Or Nah (Remix) by Ty Dolla $ign, The Weeknd, Wiz Khalifa
This song is the greatest. Not only does the girl in the music video physically remind me of Lira but this song is just so coarse and dirty that it makes you want to stop the car on the side of the highway and get on your knees 😉
- Cop Car by Sam Hunt
Now this song is one of the sweetest songs I have ever listened to. This song is Keith Urban’s that Sam Hunt did a cover of but he just sings the lyrics with such emotion and depth that it’s truly mesmerizing.
- Die A Happy Man by Thomas Rhett
This song is just simply cute. A love song to his wife – what else could you ask for really. This song was the inspiration behind the epilogue.
- What Hurts the Most by Rascal Flatts
So this angsty song has been one of my favourites for years now. Rascal Flatts sing this song with such emotion that it never fails to clog my throat up with emotion. This song perfectly matches Lira’s inner struggle and the demons she must tackle.
- Girl Crush by Little Big Town
Every single person out there must listen to Girl Crush. It’s a beautiful, crisp song that touches somewhere in you that you didn’t even know existed. I can’t explain it. All I can say is that it is a beautiful song.
- Somebody Like You by Keith Urban
Firstly, Keith Urban is great. This great, country song reminds me of love, sun and the beautiful Australian country landscape. ‘Somebody like you’ inspired the long rides Kane and Lira would take to neighbouring towns, and the sweet Kane and Lira moments.