Tima Maria Lacoba reveals how she turns to heart-pounding music to set the scene.

I never consciously set out create one, but when I began writing my Dantonville Legacy series, I automatically rummaged through my CD rack and picked out a mix of all my favourite classical and contemporary pieces guaranteed to get my literary juices running!

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It made sense to me. After all, it’s how music is used in the movies, isn’t it?
So without further ado, here’s my Bloodgifted Collection. Enjoy!

To get me in the mood for the love scenes I played Claire de Lune and A Whisper of Angels by Amici.

When Laura first met Alec in the cathedral, I had playing in the background the classical piece, Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis by Vaughn-Williams. It’s just so gorgeous.

For the gothic Ritual scene I listened to the track from Gladiator. It’s both majestic and with a hint of danger, as befits an ancient Roman ceremony.

The garden scene where Alec first kisses Laura I just had to play the love track from Romeo and Juliette by Nino Rota.

The frightening scene in the theatre was written to the soundtrack from Blade Runner, it had just the right amount of creepiness!

And the final, climatic scene when Laura’s trying to escape from Jean-Philippe, I played the fight scenes from The Lord of the Rings and Prince Caspian.

Otherwise there really wasn’t anything specific all the time. I love the group Amici, and their voices permeate through most of my book.

I hope that’s enough of a selection to get your readers listening to some of this fantastic music.


What’s a girl to do when she learns she’s descended from a vampire? Being unable to age is only the beginning…


Laura Dantonville is a primary school teacher with one wish — to marry her boyfriend, Detective Matt Sommers. When her aunt Judy reveals a frightening family secret that explains her rare genetic mutation, it threatens to propel her into a dark underworld where her true family waits. Laura’s future with Matt hangs in the balance.

Alec Munro never wanted to become guardian to a Dantonville regardless that her blood is coveted by his vampire-kind. But his sire, Lucien Lebrettan, gave him no choice. Now he’s faced with not only protecting the girl, but fathering a child with her in order to end his servitude — and a centuries-old curse.

… which some among his kind will do anything to prevent.


Tima Maria lives on the Central Coast, an hour’s drive north of Sydney, surrounded by wooded hills, possums and seed-dropping rosellas. Between bouts of writing, she teaches English and History, enjoys long walks while dodging the nesting magpies and plots the next series of books she’d like to write.

5 comments on “When Music Drives the Literary Juices”

  1. I agree that listening to right music really helps my writing. Music has become such an intrical part of my creative process that I simply won’t write without it. I even made playlists for my manuscripts so while I revise them I can recreate the same mood again.

    The range of musical styles begin in alternative rock of Evanescence to classical Chopin to Elvis crooning rock-n-roll back to modern rock of Dead Pool and then I can forget my favorite band Red, they’re Christian rock. My first title, Amethyst, has a playlist of 156 songs.

    Pandora is my go to site for internet radio and it has introduced me to so many new musical artists.

  2. I hadn’t thought about having a music playlist to write to! I do love music and wonder would I be distracted too much. Food for thought…or should I say, music for thought!

  3. I agree, Peita that music can sometimes be a distraction, but the right background can sometimes help evoke the emotion necessary for a particular scene. Other times I prefer silence.

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