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
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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!!!