Extraction Hints Through Song

(Thanks to Michelle4Laughs for inspiring me to write this post.)

What's up, internet? I decided it'd be fun to share some minor hints about my novel Extraction today. And seeing as I've been in a singing mood lately, what better way than to use song?

Sorry, you're not gonna hear me sing. Not today. There are already plenty of videos of that already.

I've always been a crazy big fan of music. Which isn't that special, I know, but it's led to the point where I often have serious trouble writing scenes when I don't have the music that fits the mood. I tend to prefer instrumental pieces--scores from movies like Apollo 13 and Jurassic Park have been recent picks--but I also have some songs with lyrics on my Extraction playlist.

So, if you'd like some hints about the book...here are some of the lyrics from my writing songs that fit a character or a moment way too perfectly (Though often metaphorically. Keep that in mind):

But you can skyrocket away from me, and never come back if you find another galaxy. (Boats and Birds by Gregory and the Hawk)

I still want to drown whenever you leave; please teach me gently how to breathe. (Shelter by Birdy)

And I'm a goddamn coward, but then again so are you. (The Lion's Roar by First Aid Kit)

Stars are falling all for us. (Your Guardian Angel by The Red Jump Suit Apparatus)

And there will come a time, you'll see, with no more tears. And love will not break your heart but dismiss your fears. (After the Storm by Mumford and Sons)

Take your time 'cause your up against space; sweep up the tears running down your face. (End of All Time by Stars of Track and Field)

There are more...but that's all I'll give you for now. :)

Oh! Except one other thing. Many months ago, my gorgeous and talented friend Riley Redgate wrote a song for Extraction with lyrics based loosely on a poem from the book. Her song is titled "Long Gone." Check out her snazzy piano-playing skills and beautiful voice!

Do you guys have lyrics that fit your novel way too perfectly? Feel free to share in the comments!


  1. Oh, fun!
    For CROWN OF ICE (my retelling of H.C. Andersen's The Snow Queen) this is a perfect lyric for my protagonist, Thyra Winther, the young Snow Queen:

    Bring Me to Life by Evanescence

    How can you see into my eyes like open doors?
    Leading you down into my core where I’ve become so numb
    Without a soul my spirit's sleeping somewhere cold
    until you find it there and lead it back home

    Wake me up inside
    (I can’t wake up)
    Wake me up inside
    (Save me)
    call my name and save me from the dark
    (Wake me up)
    bid my blood to run
    (I can’t wake up)
    before I come undone
    (Save me)
    save me from the nothing I’ve become

  2. Can't wait to read the whole 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"- that's my favorite hint of all!