Words & Music Monday with Yasmine Galenorn

I’m so excited to start off this new feature with one of my favorite authors!! Yasmine Galenorn has often talked online and in her acknowledgements about how important music is to her when she writes. Here’s a little more detail from her, and some links to check out a few of her inspirations.

Music plays a great part in my writing. While there are times I write in silence, for the most part, I write to music. Every book has a playlist from my ever-growing library of music. Most of the main characters have theme songs, as do both the Otherworld and the Indigo Court Series. As far as the genres of music—it varies. Darkwave, alternative, grunge, industrial goth, metal, and pagan/worldbeat tends to make up the majority of my listening experience. Once in awhile, a few Celtic songs will creep in there, a few classical pieces. I never listen to country/western and seldom to folk music. The first I don’t like at all, the second it too gentle for my tastes.

When I’m making a playlist—which happens before I begin writing the book—I focus on the brief synopsis I’ve written, and the mood that I’ve felt building for the book. I add songs as they catch my attention. Some songs will show up on every play list, others only on certain ones. The preliminary playlist will usually be between 5-7 hours long. As I dive into the writing, some songs will be deleted off of it, and others will be added.

Some of the “theme” songs I’ve discovered for my characters/series:

The Otherworld Series: Believe, by the Bravery

Camille: The Angel Wars, by Gary Numan; Morgana Moon, by Woodland; Closer, by NIN

Delilah:  99 Problems, by Hugo; Shuffle Your Feet, by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club; It Don’t Come Easy, by Ringo Starr

Menolly: Lithium Flower, by Yoko Kanno; Living Dead Girl, by Rob Zombie; Mad World, by Adam Lambert

Iris: The Voice, by Celtic Woman; Fallen Angel, by Heather Alexander

Smoky: The Dragon, by Woodland; Don’t You (Forget About Me), by Simple Minds

Trillian: I Will Possess Your Heart, by Death Cab for Cutie; The Gap, by the Thompson Twins

Morio: The Fox, by Steel Eye Span; Motoreyes by Jethro Tull

Shade: Sunshine of Your Love, by Cream

Nerissa: Lovesick, by Lindstom and Christabelle

The Indigo Court Series: Half Light, by Low

Cicely: Dragonfly, by Android Lust;

Grieve: Rolling Under, by King Black Acid

Rhiannon: Bring on the Wonder, by Susan Enan

Kaylin: Charlotte Anne, by Julian Cope

Chatter: Mad World, by Adam Lambert

Lainule:  Blood of the Moon, by Woodland

Wrath: Avalon, by Sully Erna

Myst: Mild Confusion, by Tamaryn

Lannan Altos: Meet the Wolf, by A Pale Horse Named Death

Leo: Hands on Us, by the Notwist

So there you go, a little about how music plays a part in my work.

Yasmine Galenorn

New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author Yasmine Galenorn writes urban fantasy forBerkley: both the Otherworld/Sisters of the Moon Series for Berkley and the Indigo Court urban fantasy series.  In the past, she wrote mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime, and nonfiction metaphysical books.

Yasmine has been in the Craft for over 30 years, is a shamanic witch, and describes her life as a blend of teacups and tattoos.  She lives in Kirkland WA with her husband Samwise and their cats.  Yasmine can be reached via her website at www.galenorn.com

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Yasmine. Having the music to reference certainly gives a new dimension to the characters.

So… now… what do you all think?? What kind of feeling do you get from listening to some of the songs that “identify” Yasmine’s characters? If you’ve read the Sisters of the Moon (Otherworld) series, or the Indigo Court series, do you feel the songs work? Have you found some new music to try yourself?? I can’t wait to hear your thoughts 🙂 **Also, don’t forget that Yasmine has two releases coming up in the next few weeks… Her ETCHED IN SILVER novella is available (as a single release) on January 12th. And we get the next of Delilah’s books on February 7th, with SHADED VISION.**


  1. Comment by Lisa Kessler:

    Thanks so much for sharing your song choices Yasmine!!! 🙂

    I too have playlists for books before I start writing them. The music definitely keep me in the right mood for the book and when I go back to edits the playlist seems to pull me right back where I need to be for that book all over again…

    Great blog!

    Lisa 🙂

  2. Comment by Jennifer:

    Thanks, Lisa!! I love music… I can’t listen to anything with words while I read/write… but I love having it playing. It’s always fascinating to me how others work with music, and how much of it ends up in what they’re actually working ON 🙂

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