Superstitions I discovered along the way, or I couldn't write: Certain songs I had to, absolutely HAD to hear, or the ghosts would refuse to be conjured, and for several good reasons. Some you might know. More than likely, not. It was easier to write at night than during the day, because there were fewer distractions. I grew addicted to peppermint iced tea while writing, and given my other addiction to caffeine, this is not a bad thing. I had to type in Garamond (my all-time favorite typeface), but I had to publish in Trebuchet, hoping my words might have a similar impact! ;-)
My sample of Serge Lutens' 'Encens et Lavande' did wonders for my concentration. So did 'Silences', 'Ivoire' and Chanel no. 19. 'Magie Noire' shot it completely. Ormonde Jayne 'Woman' was so peculiar, so different, I gave it to Lilith to wear - and to my sister. 'Chêne', which is mentioned in the story several times, is something I'm saving up for - for a reason. As for the Devil's very particular scent - you're just going to have to keep on guessing!