Words & Music Monday with Lauren Dane

Writing and Music by Lauren Dane

Music is an integral part of my writing process. I use music to set a tone, to keep me on track when I am interrupted and need to get back into the book after having to pause to edit a different one.

Every one of my books has a tracklist. I make them up as I go along, usually starting back in the plotting and synopsis stage and it continues all the way through edits.

Chaos Burning is a dark paranormal romance so the music also tends to be dark and haunting.

The song I return to when I think of Chaos Burning is Mumford and Sons – After The Storm (for many reasons, some readers won’t know until they finish the book)

And there will come a time, you’ll see, with no more tears. And love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears. Get over your hill and see what you find there, with grace in your heart and flowers in your hair.


There is darkness, yes, but beyond that there is love and connection. There is courage and because of these things, they triumph. Both as a people, as together as Lark and Simon.

Speaking of Lark and Simon. Lark is a badass. She’s a quirky warrior who has flaws, but she knows who she is and she owns it.  I love that about her.  She’s also got a great sense of humor, especially when it comes to dealing with Simon, who is a great big pushy alpha male.

No Doubt’s Just a Girl is a song on my tracklist that I’d play a lot when I wrote her.

Simon is a male she figured she’d never want or need. He’s way out of her league and not her type. And yet, she falls for him anyway. Because she can’t help it and because he wants her and will do everything he has to to make her his.

KT Tunstall’s Difficulty became the Lark ponders Simon as she falls in love song…

Making my way into places
Only been seen on your darkest days
Breaking my heart to take a walk
Into your jungle
What can I do in this world for you
If difficulty is my friend
Keeping me company when I know
I don’t need it

And then Simon. Talk about badasses. He’s a Lycian prince. A being from the other side of the Veil where packs of men who shift into giant beasts (think huge werewolves). He’s six hundred years old and has spent five hundred of those years at his father’s right hand as a warrior. He’s seen it all. Done it all and up until Lark stumbles into his life, he thinks he knows exactly what his future holds.

I listened to a lot of Rage Against the Machine when Simon was on the page, as well as Jay Z and Queens of the Stone Age.

Rage Against the Machine – Roll Right

She turns all that on its ear and while he’s disconcerted at first, he grows to like it. To enjoy the chase and seduction to claim this female he’s grown to love so fiercely.

This part of the book always brought out The Black Keys’ Howlin’ For You –

As a bonus, the video is totally awesome, LOL.

And when it’s over, and they’ve triumphed and yet paid a high cost, it’s their connection that holds them together. I did listen to The Beach Boys’ Wouldn’t it Be Nice and Marvin Gaye and Tami Tyrell’s Ain’t No Mountain, but if I had to pick one song that encapsulated the dark and edgy feel to Simon and Lark – it has to be Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Maps.

Chaos Burning Tracklist (songs in no particular order)

32 Flavors – Ani DiFranco

No One’s Gonna Love You – Band of Horses

Wouldn’t It Be Nice – the Beach Boys

Up the Neck – The Pretenders

Tattooed Love Boys – The Pretenders

Us – Regina Spektor

Lonely Lonely – Feist

Howlin For You – The Black Keys

Thistle & Weeds – Mumford and Sons

After the Storm – Mumford and Sons

Snakecharmer – Rage Against the Machine

Tire Me – Rage Against the Machine

Roll Right – Rage Against the Machine

Down Rodeo – Rage Against the Machine

Go With The Flow – Queens of the Stone Age

No One Knows – Queens of the Stone Age

Setting Son – The Chemical Brothers

Gimme Shelter – The Rolling Stones

How Soon is Now – Echo and The Bunnymen

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye and Tami Tyrell

C’Mere – Interpol

On To The Next One – Jay Z

99 Probems – Jay Z

Dirt off Ya Shoulder – Jay Z

Just a Girl – No Doubt

Cradle Will Rock – Van Halen

How Soon is Now – The Smiths

Why Bother – Weezer

Hash Pipe – Weezer

Difficulty –  KT Tunstall

Living After Midnight – Judas Priest

Nicest Thing – Kate Nash

Milkshake _ Kelis

Hockey Skates – Kate Edwards

Maps – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Go – Tokio Hotel

Blow Up the Outside World – Soundgarden

Blow – Kesha

Walcott – Vampire Weekend

Forget Her – Jeff Buckley

Machinehead – Bush

I Can’t Take It – Tegan and Sara

**You can find more information about Lauren, CHAOS BURNING, and the rest of her novels at her website www.laurendane.com and chat with her here https://twitter.com/#!/laurendane or www.facebook.com/LaurenDane.

Lauren has graciously offered up a copy of HEART OF DARKNESS to one lucky, random commenter!!! All you have to do is comment below with any lyric, from any song, that reminds you of a character or book. I can’t wait to see what words in music bring to mind words on a page for all of you!! Contest is open until next Monday. Good Luck!!!


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  2. Comment by Diane:

    “I will always love you” sung by Whitney Houston. Any time I hear the song I think of The Bodyguard.

  3. Comment by sionedkla:

    Can not find a single song on that play list that I don’t like. Great range of genres!!

    Now I have talked with the author and she doesn’t agree completely with my assessment but every time I hear the song “I wouldn’t need you” by Norah Jones I think of the main character from Lilith Saintcrow’s Jill Kismet series.

    “I Wouldn’t Need You”

    If I touched myself the way you touched me
    If I could hold myself the way you held me
    Then I wouldn’t need you, no, I wouldn’t need you
    No, I wouldn’t need you to love me

    If I could replace the things you gave me
    If I could see my face without the tragedy
    Then I wouldn’t need you, no, I wouldn’t need you
    No, I wouldn’t need you to love me

    But I do so come back, come back

    If you could see the way I act when I’m alone
    If you could hear my voice crack over the phone
    Then you’d know I need you, oh, you’d know I need you
    Oh, you’d know I need you to love me

    She seems to not want to need anyone, esp the male who becomes her mate, and only surrenders when she accepts that it can be only him for her.


  4. Comment by Christine:

    Love having songs to listen to that go with the characters

  5. Comment by mathlady68:

    Linkin Park Lyin’ From You
    I’ve lied to you
    The same way that I always do
    This is the last smile
    That I’ll make for the sake of being with you

    I always think of Suzanne Brockmann’s character of Jules and his ex-Adam. Specifically the scene when Adam corners Jules in a parking garage and they end up having sex even though Jules knows it’s a terrible mistake.

  6. Comment by Susan W.:

    Calling all Angels always reminds me of the scene in J. R. Wards Envy when Ad sings it while guarding Eddie. I’ve always liked that song but now it’s a favorite. There another song that I would love to have but I can’t find it anywhere but youtube. It Naughty But Nice by Room 2012. That song could work for any book that’s got some heat to it!

  7. Comment by JenM:

    Great songs and videos, especially the Yeah, Yeah, Yeah and No Doubt ones. I don’t tend to associate songs with characters, but my one exception is Over the Rainbow. Judy Garland’s life was so tragic and that song encapsulated it completely. Every time I hear that song, I cry.

  8. Comment by Mary Preston:

    I always associate the line from the Bee Gees song LONELY DAYS

    “Lonely days, lonely nights. Where would I be without my woman?”

    with Heathcliff from WUTHERING HEIGHTS. He is such a misery without his Cathy.


  9. Comment by Tracey D:

    The song Charity Case by Gnarls Barkley always reminded me of Zsadist (poor tortured soul) from J.R. Ward’s Lover Awakened.

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  10. Comment by bn100:

    Over the Rainbow reminds me of Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz.

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