So, you may remember about a month ago when I reviewed The Summer I Wasn't Me by Jessica Verdi, which I loved by the way, well I was lucky enough to get to talk with her and she wrote this awesome guest post for the blog! It's all about the relationship between books and music which you may know is something I talk about quite frequently! Without further ado here it is!
Hi, Fangirls! Thank you so much for having me on your blog and giving me an opportunity to talk a little bit about the relationship between books and music!
I got the idea for The Summer I Wasn’t Me one day while listening to Lady Gaga’s “Hair”—in particular the acoustic version she performed on the Howard Stern Show. Check it out here:
It’s such a gorgeous song, and the chorus goes, “I just want to be myself and I want you to love me for who I am… I just want to be free, I just want to be me, and I want lots of friends that invite me to their parties. Don’t want to change, I don’t want to be ashamed.” And I started thinking about all the kids who aren’t loved for who they are, and it made me so sad. And that’s when I knew I had to tell Lexi’s story. I wanted to write about that girl. I wanted to write for that girl.
Music often inspires me when I’m writing or thinking up concepts for new books. Most books I write have playlists that I listen to while I’m writing or songs that I listen to just to get me in the right kind of mood for the scene I’m about to dive into. I truly believe there’s nothing quite like music to inspire you—no matter if you need inspiration for writing, cleaning your house, running a marathon, having a difficult conversation, or anything else.
I also make playlists for my books (and my friends’ books) when the book is finished. Here’s my current playlist for The Summer I Wasn’t Me:
1. “Hair” by Lady Gaga
2. “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want” by The Smiths
3. “Unless I’m Led” by Mates of State
4. “Closer” by Tegan and Sara
5. “Cruel Summer” by Bananarama
6. “World Spins Madly On” by The Weepies
7. “We Will Become Silhouettes” by The Postal Service (Lexi’s dad’s favorite song)
8. “Bravado” by Lorde
9. “Brave” by Sara Bareilles
10. “Everyone is Gay” by A Great Big World
11. “She Keeps Me Warm” by Mary Lambert
Pull up those songs on Spotify, and have a listen before or after reading The Summer I Wasn’t Me—I hope they do the same for you as they do for me, and make you feel all the feels! :)
All I'm saying is this is awesome. First of all it is a post about my two favorite things plus our first guest post! But seriously don't forget to check out this book, I seriously loved it.
Also don't forget to enter my giveaway and considering it is my birthday there will be yet another post up later today!
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