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Allie Larkin holds a special place in my heart, as she was the first author I ever interviewed for Chick Lit Central. Since that time, I read her debut novel, “Stay,” and fell in love with it. I couldn’t put it down and was soon recommending it to everyone I know! You can check out my review here.
Allie Larkin lives in Rochester, New York, with her husband, Jeremy, their two German Shepherds, Argo and Stella, as well as a three-legged cat. She is the co-founder of TheGreenists.com, a site dedicated to helping readers take simple steps toward going green. You can find Allie at her website and blog, as well as on Facebook and Twitter. She’s working on a second novel and I already can’t wait to read it!
Allie is here to talk about her musical inspirations behind “Stay.” She also has one paperback for a lucky reader anywhere in the world!
The songs that inspired “Stay”
Music is a vital part of my writing process. When I’m getting to know a new character, I quiz myself by flipping through radio stations. Would my character like the song I’ve landed on? Would she hate it? Does it hold any special memories?
I make playlists for every project, mixing songs that would hold meaning to my characters with songs that trigger a useful memory for me, or have lyrics that speak to a specific scene or relationship in the book. Listening to my project playlist is how I get my head in the game when I sit down to work.
During a recent bout of writer’s block, I realized my playlist was way off base. As soon as I fixed it, the problem was solved.
My STAY playlist was nine hours long, but following are songs that had the biggest impact. When I hear them now, I think of Van and it makes me smile.
“More Than a Feeling” – Boston – “More than a feeling, when I hear that old song they used to play.” If you’ve read STAY, this is an obvious playlist choice. Van and her mom, Natalie, love Boston. And so do I.
“Comes Love”– Peter Mulvey – “Comes love, nothing to be done!” I love this cover of the old standard. When I wrote about Van standing at the altar in her hideous orange maid-of-honor gown, this song was stuck in my head.
“The Warrior” – Scandal – “Shooting at the walls of heartache!” Natalie and Diane sing to Scandal in a flashback scene. This is the song they sang.
“Big Blue Sea”– Bob Schneider – “Sometimes I feel like Superman. Sometimes I’m just recuperating.” This was the soundtrack to the morning after Van accidentally orders a 100lb German Shepherd from Slovakia over the internet while drinking grape Kool-Aid and vodka and watching a Rin Tin Tin marathon.
“Beer” – Reel Big Fish – “Maybe next time I’ll remember what to do.” Beer is about getting pulled back in to wanting someone who wants someone else. Like Van.
“On Your Side”– Pete Yorn – “I am on your side. I just want to tell you off.” My Van and Peter theme. I played it over and over when I wrote their scenes.
“Rain King”– Counting Crows – “I belong anywhere but in between.” As Van started to stick up for herself, this song and this line in particular became my anthem for her.
“Heaven” – Bryan Adams – “Oh, once in your life you find someone, who can turn your world around.” In addition to sharing her mother’s love of Boston, I realized Van would probably have a general adoration of 80’s power ballads. I pictured Van and Nat in the car belting out this song, and the sweetness of the words made me think of it as a Van and Alex song.
“Peace of Mind” – Boston – “All I want is to have my peace of mind.” Of course, this list must begin and end with Boston.
Do you listen to music while you work?
Special thanks to Allie for sharing her musical choices with us and a copy of her book for a lucky reader!
How to win “Stay”:
Just tell us which song reminds you of your favorite chick lit novel. (One entry per person.)
Giveaway ends May 20th at midnight EST.