So, I am very strange in my writing style. Most of my story is based in quiet moments, so I generally don't have any music playing. Most of the time, it's me, my cats and the sound of the fan on the fireplace. Granted, occasionally Aingeal has some music going, so I will go out and listen to music that might fit her purpose, but it's mostly silence.
So, here I am... Writing a scene where she is trying to be as quiet as possible. The house is silent, the cats are asleep, it's just me and Aingeal sneaking into this darkened room... and messenger dings at me. Holy crap!
This is twice now I have managed to be startled while writing an intense scene in the novel. I just hope the readers feel the same intensity when they are reading it!