Tell me a little about yourself and your writing.
I’m Lauren Dane and I write erotic romance across several genres (contemporaries, futuristics, paranormal) as well as some straight romance and urban fantasy and post apocalyptic stories. I’ve been writing seriously since mid 2004 and I write for multiple publishers (Berkley, Harlequin, Black Lace, Samhain, Ellora’s Cave)
Tell me about the story that you've created a soundtrack/playlist for.
I’m just finishing up SENSUAL MAGIC, which is a paranormal erotic romance in a contemporary setting. My heroine is a witch bounty hunter of sorts and she’s in Las Vegas to hunt down a woman who’s embezzled quite a large amount of money from her boss. The human woman is the ex fiancée of the hero and that’s how they meet. There’s a lot of push and pull in this one, he doesn’t give in easy and she’s got a job to do but she’s just very self assured about him and what they’re feeling.
What is your playlist?
This particular sound track is a lot about Nell, my heroine, who she is and her general outlook. For some reason, as I started writing I just found myself listening to eighties and a bit of 90’s rock/heavy metal as Nell started to solidify in my head.
- Sweet Child O Mine – Guns N' Roses
- Rock You Like A Hurricane – Scorpions
- You Got Another Thing Comin – Judas Priest
- Welcome To the Jungle – Guns N' Roses
- She Sells Sanctuary – The Cult
- Fell On Black Days – Soundgarden
- Living After Midnight – Judas Priest
- No One Like You – Scorpions
- Close My Eyes Forever – Lita Ford and Ozzy Osborne
- Shout at the Devil – Motley Crue
- Rainbow in the Dark – Dio
- Nothing Even Matters - Lauryn Hill
What does music mean to you? To your writing?
I always write with music. Be it industrial, hard core, eighties alternative, classical, whatever – the music helps set the mood for that story, those characters, it helps me keep that mood in my head. Music is as big a love as writing but since I can’t sing or play an instrument, I figure I can listen to all my favorites and let that help inspire and keep me focused.
What kind of music do you like to write to?
All kinds! This particular story has this funky buttrock theme but I’ve had soundtracks heavy on Motown, some soundtracks of a single artist or band. I love music from so many genres, it’s just all about the story for me. The soundtrack for the contemporary I co-wrote with Megan Hart was heavy on sex laden dance music like Lords of Acid and Peaches.
If this story was made into a movie, who would you want to do the soundtrack?
Oh man! Hmm, well you know I think Quentin Tarantino does a great job with his movie soundtracks but if you mean artist wise? I’d want it to be the ones on my list!
To learn more about Lauren, visit her website.
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