Book Angel Booktopia welcomes M. Anjelais today to share the musical inspiration to Breaking Butterflies.
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The Soundtrack of Writing Breaking Butterflies
It’s nearly impossible for me to write if I don’t have music to go along with what I’m envisioning, and I found a lot of beautiful songs in my journey through writingBreaking Butterflies. As I wrote the book, I ended up putting together a soundtrack for it that I listened to over and over again through both writing and editing. Each song corresponded with the events of the story for me, following the plotline from beginning to end as I worked through it – and wove the music right into the text. Lines from What Sarah Said, the very first song on the list, were eventually quoted in Chapter 11, and the instrumental track Sacred Ground is mentioned in Chapter 7 as my character Cadence plays it on the piano.
A tremendous part of my writing process has always been searching for the perfect song to go along with whatever scene I’m working on, and it’s very rare indeed that I find myself able to start writing if I haven’t got the right song playing yet. But Breaking Butterflies in particular for me has become a book that not only relied on the music I chose to listen to for inspiration, but turned out to be inseparable from the music as a finished product.
Here’s the list of songs I listened to, arranged in “plot order”, while bringing Breaking Butterflies to life:
What Sarah Said by Death Cab for Cutie
Mad World by Gary Jules
Any Day Now by Missy Higgins
Morning Yearning by Ben Harper
Sacred Ground by Jon Schmidt
Dark Blue by Jack’s Mannequin
Keep Breathing by Ingrid Michaelson
Fade In/Fade Out by Daniel G. Harmann
Maybe Maybe by Nico Stai
Lonely Little Petunia (Six Feet Under OST) by Imogen Heap
Oh No by Andrew Bird
Breaking Butterflies by M. Anjelais, out now, £7.99, published by Chicken House
I have read every single book Claire has written, I love her take on Jane Austen and how well she captures the themes of the original stories in the narrative while making it relatable to teens today. To say I’m excited for this song would be an understatement
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Anna Eliot is tired of worrying about what other people think. After all, that was how she lost the only guy she ever really liked, Finn Westbrook.
Now, three years after she broke his heart, the one who got away is back in her life.
All Anna wants is a chance to relive their last kiss again (and again and again). But Finn obviously hasn’t forgotten how she treated him, and he’s made it clear he has no interest in having anything to do with her.
Anna keeps trying to persuade herself that she doesn’t care about Finn either, but even though they’ve both changed since they first met, deep down she knows he’s the guy for her. Now if only she can get him to believe that, too….
With her signature wit and expertly authentic teen voice, Claire LaZebnik (the author of fan favorites Epic Fail and The Trouble with Flirting) once again breathes new life into a perennially popular love story. Fans of Polly Shulman, Maureen Johnson, and, of course, Jane Austen will love this irresistibly funny and romantic tale of first loves and second chances.
My choice for Song of the Month is Rickie Lee Jones’s Company. It’s kind of an old song—I’ve been listening to it for (gulp) a few decades now—but for me, it perfectly captures the wistful quality of the The Last Best Kiss.
In my novel, Anna makes a pretty big mistake and loses the trust of the person she cares about most. She misses Finn a lot, but because the fault was hers, she’s not angry, just sad. She feels the pang of lost conversations, shared moments she’ll never know again, the memory of a friendship that turned to love . . . She wants to redeem herself, but she doesn’t know if she’ll succeed.
The first few lines of the Rickie Lee Jones song capture Anna’s feelings so perfectly for me!
Book Angel Booktopia is delighted to welcome Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young today as part of the Just Like Fate Blog Tour where A Dream of Books and I are paired to share this fabulous guest post
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1.) Was Electric Freakshow based on a real band?
S-Early on, Cat and I knew we wanted to make Electric Freakshow as real as possible. Some of my students even made fake album covers and band T-shirts! Even though I knew which other bands they sounded like, I never pictured them as anyone else. Totally original.
C- We did manage to talk a real, Seattle-based band called The Social Fantastic into writing the music and producing/recording a version of the song for use in our US book trailer. It’s available for purchase on iTunes, as well.
2.) Who wrote the lyrics of Magnets for Fate?
S-I’m terrible at lyrics. I wrote a quick, awful draft of the song and Cat turned it into the masterpiece you see in the book.
C- Suzanne Young is a liar. She’s great at lyrics! Yes, it was definitely a collaboration, and we’re incredibly happy with how they turned out.
3.) What’s the most memorable live music experience you’ve ever had?
C- That’s a toss-up between seeing Arcade Fire at the outdoor Greek Theater in Berkeley, California on a warm summer evening, and seeing an intimate, acoustic Band of Horses performance at one of the loveliest theaters in Seattle, Washington on a cold, rainy night.
S-Oh, hm… When I lived in Portland, Oregon I went to an amazing jazz festival by the water. Live music, street food, handmade crafts? What could be better?
4.) Do you have particular songs that you’re listening to if you’re feeling happy or sad?
S-I listen to a lot of older songs. One of my favorites to listen to if I want to feel better is Jimmy Eat World’s “The Middle”. It reminds me that life can get better. The rest of my playlist is a lot of really dark and depressing stuff. I find it inspiring to write with them in the background.
C- You’re inspired by dark and depressing stuff?
S- Kind-of, yeah.
C- I get it: That’s very you. There’s a song by Metric called “Sick Muse” that I like to blast in my car on a warm day. At the moment, though, I can’t stop listening to The National’s High Violet record. Those songs are like a mood ring: They reflect and amplify however you’re already feeling.
Huge thanks to Cat and Suzanne for such a brilliant guest post. Don’t miss out on the rest of the tour
Book Angel Booktopia welcomes Jennifer Chance today to share some of the music behind Rock It. ENJOY
The Rock It playlist
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So, could there possibly be any more pressure than writing a playlist for a book about a rock star and the girl who’s been in love with him for a decade? I think not. Especially when that rock star started out playing in his garage, creating his own style from rock and pop inspirations.
And yet, the tale of Rock It could easily play out chronologically, up and down the charts. So buckle yourself in, remember what it’s like to have that first, impossible crush, and let’s go on a musical adventure!
Dante is a rock star, at the top of his game. Though he wants to explore other types of music, he has reached fame and fortune with a fusion of rock and pop. He’s on top of the world.
The players: LACEY DAWES!
Miss Independent – Kelly Clarkson
Lacey is a typical teen and young twenty-something… until it comes to Dante Falcone. Every other area of her life is marked by her hard-working, no-nonsense attitude. But with Dante, she reverts to her young-teen self when she first fell in love (and fell hard).
That moment when…
#1 Crush – Garbage
There was just something about Dante that young teen Lacey can’t ignore. Drawn in by his boybander good looks, she feels like she hears something different in his music. Something that hints at the true Dante Falcone. The intensity of her feelings is too much to keep inside, so she pours out her fangirling into scrap books.
Dante goes platinum!
Turn Up the Radio – Autograph
Lacey follows Dante through his entire career, keeping careful track of his success while realizing she also could have a career in music—as an entertainment agency representative, working with musicians and other celebrity talent.
That night at the concert…
Heartbreaker – Pat Benatar
Lacey sees Dante the night before she’s to meet him in person for the very first time – as a junior entertainment exec. She vows to keep her cool…
…and the next night.
Have You Ever Needed Someone so Bad – Def Leppard
And, well, she doesn’t do so well. But she is trying to keep it together! This is her job, people. She can’t afford to mess up her entire career because of a teenaged crush she can’t let go. She struggles to reconcile her fantasies with the real life fantasy of Dante, without ever letting him know.
Dante catches on…
Still of the Night – Whitesnake
Dante doesn’t know what to make of Lacey. First she is cool, calm and professional, then she seems all wide-eyed fangirl. But beneath it all, he senses that maybe she sees the real him—maybe even the guy he has started to forget. He decides to find out how far Lacey is willing to go…
…and Lacey doesn’t stand a chance.
Let’s Make a Night to Remember – Bryan Adams
Lacey gets drawn into Dante’s spell, and she realizes that she is losing her heart all over again, this time for a real person, not just a guy on the radio. She and Dante grow closer, even as she tells herself it can’t last.
Reality bites hard
Toxic – Britney Spears
Unfortunately, Lacey’s boss Brenda has designs of her own on Dante. She decides that all she needs to do to undermine Lacey is to show Dante exactly how over-the-top Lacey’s fangirl crush was… and maybe still is. Her televised “reveal” instantly goes viral.
Lacey bounces back
Crazy on You – Heart
Lacey, absolutely mortified, decides that she has to fight fire with fire. She creates the perfect publicity stunt to draw the attention of the world away from her. And it works. But maybe a little too well…
The fans want more! (and Dante does, too)
Do You Wanna Touch? – Joan Jett
Now that he’s seen a different side of Lacey, Dante wants to see more of her. He’s not willing to let her escape back into her shell of professionalism. And why not, Lacey reasons… after all, she’s with a rock star. Why can’t she keep up the fantasy a little longer?
The end of the tour
Up All Night(Sleep all day) – Slaughter
It’s been a whirlwind tour, and Lacey has loved every moment of it. She loves the lights and the music, the crowd and the energy of the tour. And she realizes she loves Dante, too. Not just as a fangirl, either. Not anymore. Too bad it all has to end…
…Or is it?
Thank You for Loving Me – Bon Jovi
When Lacey decides to make one more appearance onstage, Dante’s ready. He tells her exactly how he feels about her. Lacey knows that it’s all for the cameras, but she now has a memory to last forever. She has her career, and now she has this memory, too. It’s enough, she tells herself. It’s enough.
A new song on the horizon?
All Fired Up- Pat Benatar
Lacey and Dante meet one last time, only he isn’t ready to say goodbye. He makes Lacey an offer she can’t refuse… but what will Lacey say?
And there you have it! Sometimes if you dream it, it just might come true.
Thank you so much for allowing me to share the music playlist for Rock It! And thank you to the musician and rock aficionado who helped me find the songs to make it all work.