Words & Music Monday with Skyla Dawn Cameron

Skyla Dawn Cameron is a woman of many talents in the publishing world. She’s an author of multiple series, an editor, and a cover designer. Talk about having your hands full!! Today, she is our guest…

Peri Stands Alone (in Lineage)

Music has always been integral part of my writing process, ever since waaaay back when I was little, writing horror stories as a seven-year-old to Michael Jackson’s Thriller on my record player. I visualize the big “trailer moments” of a story to songs, understand my characters better when I’ve found their theme songs, and tend to put particular pieces on repeat while writing key emotional moments.

Persephone Takata, the heroine of my new release Lineage, in many ways developed from music I listened to many years ago when I first conceived of the character.

I wrote the first book in the series, Bloodlines, in 2004/2005, and the series began to take form right about then, including the heroines who would narrate the other stories. 2005 also saw a rather profound loss in my life, and much of Peri was born from that—along with what I listened to at the time. There’s a large amount of sadness and anger in many of the songs she was drawn to (lots and lots of anger), the first of which was Godsmack’s “I Stand Alone.” It’s a song about isolation, kicking ass and taking names, changing your destiny and not allowing others to define you—all that is very much Peri, as she’s terribly badass but also finds herself in situations where others wish to use her as a pawn.

I’d also been trying (somewhat unsuccessfully) to learn Japanese way back then, which in turn meant listening to a lot of Japanese music. Strangely, Peri decided she really liked killing people in the book to Japanese pop, so there is a lot of Utada Hikaru on my playlist for that book (her favourite is “Devil Inside”). X Japan’s “Forever Love” (the acoustic, instrumental only version), also played a big part as it’s this softer, romantic song from her life before the book’s beginning—before her family died. So when I really wanted to gut her, I threw that one on.

Finally, Beck’s cover of “Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime” was important enough to the story and the character that I made it the title of the epilogue in Lineage, though I’m a touch sick of it at the moment as I had it on repeat for about a day and a half. 😉


Lineage: What’s a woman to do when her dad’s the antichrist, her grandma’s the devil, the end of the world is at her doorstep, and she’s out to avenge the murders of her husband and kids?

Kill everything in her way.

Quarter-demon Peri Takata exists with but one goal in mind: annihilate everyone responsible for the death of her family. Then—her need for vengeance quelled—she plans to take her own life.

Her mission brings her to the vampire Zara Lain, the only known survivor of the event that destroyed Peri’s family five years ago. Hunting down a secret society of those who don’t want to be found has its challenges, however, especially when forces are working to keep the antichrist’s daughter very much alive. The apocalypse is closing in and Peri may be playing a role in it whether she wants to or not.

But when a heart long-thought dead begins to beat again with love for another, she’s not so sure about anything anymore.


About:  Award-winning author Skyla Dawn Cameron has been writing approximately forever. Her early storytelling days were spent acting out strange horror/fairy tales with the help of her many dolls, and little has changed except that she now keeps those stories on paper. She signed her first book contract at age twenty-one for River, a unique werewolf tale, which was released to critical and reader praise alike and won her the 2007 EPPIE Award for Best Fantasy. She now has multiple series on the go to keep her busy, which is great for her attention deficit disorder.

Skyla lives in Southern Ontario where she dabbles in art, is an avid gamer, and watches Buffy reruns. She’s naturally brunette, occasionally a redhead, and will probably go blonde again soon. If she ever becomes a grown-up, she wants to run her own pub, as well as become world dictator. You can visit her on the web at www.skyladawncameron.com for free fiction, book news, a community forum, and tons of other totally awesome stuff.

Info about the current series she’s working on–which begins with Bloodlines–can be found at www.zaralain.com


So, my lovelies. Skyla dabbled in Japanese pop for some of her musical inspiration. Do any of you have favorite songs/bands from other cultures? Tell me about some of your eclectic favorites, or maybe something that you’d like to try out! AND… Skyla has been gracious enough to not only share her time with us today, but a book, as well! If you’ve read her Bloodlines series, your foreign music comment below could win you the new release, LINEAGE. If you haven’t started this awesome urban fantasy series, yet, we’ll get you started with a copy of BLOODLINES. Please specify in your comment which book you’d like, and include your first name and email so you can be notified if you win. (There will only be one winner, contest ends at midnight tonight [pacific].)


  1. Comment by Melissa (My World...in words and pages):

    I still love how songs help you along with the characters. 🙂 Wonderful post! Peri is really one heck of a dangerous character, for sure. 😉

  2. Comment by Skyla Dawn Cameron:

    Thanks for visiting, Mel! I do love her rather bipolar playlist with really dark, heavy songs and then BAM–Jpop.

  3. Comment by Mary Preston:

    I’m definitely more a words than music kind of person, so I can’t comment on the music side of things. LINEAGE does looks amazing.

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