Allie Larkin’s infinite playlist

Introduction by Melissa Amster

**Giveaway is now closed**

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, 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.

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21 Responses to Allie Larkin’s infinite playlist

  1. Michele W. says:

    At the moment every time I hear Jane Green’s latest title, Another Piece of My heart. Janis Joplin starts playing in my head.

    “want you to come on, come on, come on, come on and take it, Take it! Take another little piece of my heart now, baby! Oh, oh, break it! Break another little bit of my heart now, darling, yeah, yeah, yeah.
    Oh, oh, have a! Have another little piece of my heart now, baby, You know you got it if it makes you feel good”

  2. Nina says:

    I have to confess that for some reason Elvis Costello songs remind me of the chick-lit type of stories! Songs like “Veronica” just have that vibe to me! Hahaha.

  3. Kat Duncan says:

    Every time I think of the book “Mink Elliott – Just another manic mum day” I think of the song The Bangles – Just another manic Monday day

  4. Sherry Bercu says:

    I never really thought about it–until I read Beth Harbison’s “Always Something There To Remind Me” now this songs always gets stuck in my head when I pick up chick lit to read

  5. jpetroroy says:

    “Piece of My Heart” definitely reminds me of Jane Green’s book, too!

  6. nikki57 says:

    For some reason Guns N’ Roses Night Train starts getting sung when I think of Kristin Hannah’s Night Road. Odd, I know.

  7. Margaret says:

    You’ve Got a Way by Shania Twain reminds me of From Notting Hill With Love Actually since it’s from the Notting Hill move soundtrack.


  8. Margie says:

    For some unknown reason, songs by Josh Groben make me think of chic literature.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  9. Pooja D. says:

    By some strange co-incidence,I heard Taylor Swift’s song “Love Story” immediately after I was done reading Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella…& suddenly realised that the words of the song bore a strong resemblance to Sadie’s (Lara’s great-aunt) plight…Sadie falls in love with this guy Stephen who is a painter but their parents disapprove of the pair & Stephen is sent off to France…Sadie spends her entire life thinking that Stephen is a bastard but then as she returns back as a ghost, Sadie realises that Stephen loved her as much as she did…the heartbreak, the enchantment & the delecation of Sadie’s love life is aptly described in the lyrics of this song…from then on, whenever I hear Love Story I cant help but think about “Cecil & his Mabel” and of course-Twenties Girl!!!! 🙂

  10. Lisa Kistler says:

    Smile by Uncle Cracker reminds me of A Love That Makes Life Drunk by Karen Roderick. Just fits.

  11. KevinLohxx says:

    Definitely “All The Single Ladies” by Beyonce! Reminds me of Jane Costello’s new book with the same name!

  12. Sabrina-Kate Eryou says:

    Hmmm, any song by the Veronicas (Australian group)

  13. jerylt says:

    The Jim Brickman song Destiny makes me think of Chick Lit because in every Chick Lit novel the hero and heroine are destined to be together.

  14. epperpepper says:

    “Can’t Fight This Feeling” by REO Speedwagon reminds me of “That Summer” by Sarah Dessen.

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  15. Ever since SOMETHING BORROWED came out in theatres I always think of “Push It” when I talk about the book!

  16. erica s says:

    Anything by the Bangles!!! Always makes me think of the Shopaholic books.

  17. susieqlaw says:

    Beautiful by MercyMe Jennifer Weiner’s Good in Bed

  18. Bridget O'Neill says:

    “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson reminds me of chick lit, and the many strong female characters in the chick lit books I read!

  19. Shannon says:

    The Go-Gos. Just fun, flirty, girly songs, but some edge. Or the Corrs.

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