The Lipstick Trace Playlist – “Poison Heart” (Ramones) and “Rock & Roll Thugs” (Icon For Hire)


In the 2nd of 4 entries, we look at the music that helped influence Quincy Abrams, our main protagonist. Quincy is similar to William in that he is an only child, but unlike William who had caring parents, Quincy was often left to fend for himself.

The Ramones came out with a song in 1992 that was always one of my favorites, and I knew it would influence a story one day, as I was listening to it one day, Quincy came into my mind via these lyrics:

“No one ever thought this one would survive
Helpless child, gonna walk a drum beat behind
Lock you in a dream, never let you go
Never let you laugh or smile, not you.”

It was the picture of a person in whom nobody had faith, who had to learn to take care of themselves. He was introverted, and mostly by choice because of how he had been raised. Quincy became this person who locked people in his head, and would spend time looking into the mirror, imagining how conversations could have gone had he been quicker on his feet. He obsesses over his mistakes, and constantly tries to figure out how he could have done things better.

He withdrew into his music, and this became his salvation. Much too late came the single from Icon For Hire, “Rock & Roll Thugs”.

“Bury all the records in the backyard,
When you’re not looking I’ll go dig them back up
You can bury my body in the backyard,
When you’re not looking I’ll go dig myself up
And I know all about the drugs they hide inside the music, I know, I know
I know all about the drugs they hide inside the music

And the preacher at church must’ve told you about them too
‘Cause you came home dead set on what you had to do
You said the demons and drugs hide in rock n roll thugs
If I wanna grow up nice, I better give the music up”

This song helped me to shape Quincy the most in the final book “Skin Deep”, when Quincy overcomes his lifetime of neglect, and his validation with self-worth. He had lived through music, and the lyrics of his favorite vocalists; Jim Morrison, Freddy Mercury, Bruce Dickinson, Gene Simmons. For him, music was everything, and no matter how much crap he got over his strange musical selection, he would dig himself up and be born anew in those tunes.

Quincy Abrams will speak to many readers, as we’ve all faced some form of neglect from someone we wished had paid more attention to us. Quincy is the representation of perseverance, and that good things come to those who work for it.


Poison Heart – The Ramones

Rock & Roll Thugs – Icon For Hire

The Lipstick Trace Playlist – “Down Under” (Men at Work) and “Start Wearing Purple” (Gogol Bordello)


In preparation for my novel Lipstick Trace to be released I have decided to blog regularly about the Soundtrack to Lipstick Trace. LT was inspired by music that some would consider anathema to declare affection for, and it was also inspired by friends of mine.

The music that I listened to while writing this are commonly the songs that appear in the story. When LT began, it was William’s story, so I’ve known William the longest. His inspiration came from two friends, and David Bowie. I imagined William to be a mixture of a friend from high school, and from college.

In High School I had this friend who was completely fun to be around, and was so talented. And then there were drugs. Some of them mostly harmless, others not so much. As he began to sink deeper into those drugs, it was like watching that fun part of him die.

Years later, I met a person whom upon meeting, I instantly knew this is what that friend could have turned into had he not gone so far down that dark path. I was sitting at Reality Tuesday’s in Fort Wright Kentucky when I first met William Denslie in my head, and Reality Tuesday is what turned into The Funky Bean (you’ll be able to read about that later on at this point).

The songs that most capture William for me are hard to choose, but choose  I must. I think that “Down Under” from Men At Work, and “Start Wearing Purple” from Gogol Bordello always make me think of him most.  The mellow tunes of Down Under make me feel like William must, he’s never really worried, and is very easy going, and somehow seems to thrive on meeting new people – which is how I interpret this song.

“Start Wearing Purple” is how I think of William’s dress style, he is very peculiar, much like the story told in this song. “All your sanity and wits they will all vanish, I promise; it’s just a matter of time”, you start hanging around William long enough, and you’ll start losing your problems, and concerns, and just go with it. Life’s gonna happen, and you carry on.

Men At Work “Down Under” Via Youtube

Gogol Bordello “Start Wearing Purple” Via Youtube

Lipstick Trace

It’s been a while since I wrote, but that’s because I’ve been busy writing elsewhere! LT was nearly picked up by 2 alternate publishers, but I have finally found a quality house for it.

I have worked hard on it, and my editor sent me back first revisions, they were minimal, I was pretty darn pleased! I worked with Cover art today, and have agreed on a very nice cover, I think it will fit my novel perfectly.

I’m so excited to see Lipstick Trace hit the world, this is the proof that if you keep at it, you will get there. I don’t know if it will sell well, I am almost certain I don’t care, because people will read it and it could change their world. Maybe they will fall in love with my characters as I have.

I feel justified in getting Lipstick Trace tattooed on me now, and am so hopeful for my future novels, Natalsa & Ghost Calls. I have work on another paranormal this fall slated to start in November (NaNoWriMo what!).

🙂 I’m very happy. And you should share in my happiness.