I’m so thrilled to be sharing with you the first of a long series I’m starting called “Saturday Soundtracks.” Each week, I have the honor of hosting an author who will be sharing songs that they love and that inspire them then share why each song means something to them. I’m excited to be sharing with you these authors and can’t wait for this series to continue!
For our first ever Saturday Soundtracks, I’m happy to be sharing with you not one but FOUR authors! All four of these authors are currently on tour together in what they’re calling the “Girls Gone Sci-Fi Tour” throughout the South and I’m so jealous I’m so far away and can’t see them! The ladies on tour are Lauren Miller, Jessica Khoury, Tamara Ireland Stone, and Jessica Brody. Check out the playlist below and listen to each song before learning more about the authors and why they chose each song!
Lauren Miller, author of Parallel
Lauren Miller grew up in Atlanta, went to college at Yale and law school at Berkeley, then got married and moved to Southern California to practice law. Once she found law wasn’t for her, she began to write tv shows and more before she finally wrote her first book. She is the author of Parallel and Free to Fall from HarperTeen.
“Within You” by Ray LaMontagne
This song is my FREE TO FALL anthem. First, because it evokes the mood of the Berkshires, where the story is set. Haunting, unhurried, almost melancholic. Ray LaMontagne’s voice has so much depth to it, I just can’t get enough of it. But more than the mood of the song, it’s the lyrics that make this the perfect tune for FtF. “The answer is within you.” That’s the central theme of my novel in five words or less. While FtF is about technology, it’s also about that still small voice within and the question we all ask: can I trust it? Both my book and LaMontagne’s song come to the same conclusion: yes!
“New Soul” by Yael Naim
In PARALLEL, my main character, Abby, wakes up to a “strange world” every single day. She is the new soul that Yael Naim sings about, learning about give and take, feeling the joy and the fear, making every possible mistake. I see Abby in my head as I listen to this song, flitting about in her slightly neurotic way, trying to fix what her parallel self has messed up. It makes me smile. Besides the fitting lyrics, this song will always remind me of PARALLEL because I listened to it on repeat as I was writing it.
Jessica Khoury, author of Vitro
Jessica Khoury is of Syrian and Scottish descent and was born in Toccoa, Georgia. She currently lives in Columbia, South Carolina, with her husband, two terrible dogs, and an abundance of books, shoes, and sweet tea. She is the author of Origin and Vitro from Penguin Teen.
“Lux Aeterna” by The London Ensemble (from the Requiem for a Dream soundtrack)
I listened to this song constantly while writing VITRO and drew inspiration from its chilling, tense rhythm. It was so influential in my writing that I ultimately named Lux, Sophie’s Vitro twin, after it.
Sweet Dreams Are Made of This by Emily Browning (from the Suckerpunch soundtrack)
This haunting song resonated with my development of Lux. It’s theme of innocence and helplessness reflect Lux’s state of mind, thanks to the “enhancements” imposed on her by her creators that strip her of her free will and unique identity.
Tamara Ireland Stone, author of Time Between Us
Tamara Ireland Stone is blissfully married. Occasional superhero in the eyes of two remarkable small people. Animal lover. Avid reader. Gadget freak. Music addict. Dreadful cook. Happily stuck in the mid-90s. She writes young adult fiction about fun stuff like travel, music, romance, and normal people with extraordinary talents. Her debut novel, Time Between Us, has been published in more than twenty countries and has been optioned for film. The companion novel, Time After Time, is now available from Hyperion.
“Sweater Weather” by The Neighbourhood
I listened to this song non-stop as I wrote Time After Time. Bennett Cooper is a time traveling teen from present day who can hold both your hands in his, and take you anywhere you want to go at the speed of thought. In both Time Between Us and Time After Time, he takes his girlfriend Anna away from a long winter in a 1995 Chicago suburb and brings her to a lot of wonderful (and much warmer) places in the world. I love the lline, “Use the sleeves of my sweater, let’s have an adventure,” and of course the chorus: “It’s too cold for you here… let me hold both your hands in the holes of my sweater. (Also: I love the original video for this song)
“R U Mine?” by The Arctic Monkeys
This is such a perfect Time After Time/”Bennett song.” There are lines about time traveling and going back to find someone “years too late,” along with “great escapes” where they’ve “lost track of time and space.” But I like to think this song is about the push and pull of a complicated relationship — missing someone you can’t be with, wondering if they miss you as much as you miss them. My favorite line is, “I go crazy because here isn’t where I wanna be.” In Time After Time, Bennett’s stuck in present day San Francisco, missing Anna like crazy, and unfortunately, getting back to her isn’t always simple. Through a series of decisions he makes throughout the story, it becomes increasingly complicated.
For more of Tamara’s playlists, check out www.timebetweenus.com/playlists!
Jessica Brody, author of Unforgotten
Jessica Brody works full time as a writer and producer splitting her time between Los Angeles and Colorado. She is the author of The Fidelity Files, Love Under Cover, The Karma Club, My Life Undecided, 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, Unremembered, and Unforgotten.
“Fix You” by Coldplay
In this book Zen is afflicted by a mysterious illness that Seraphina can’t diagnose or cure without Diotech’s help. This song really represents her feeling of helplessness. Especially in chapter 38.
“Please Remember Me” by Tim McGraw
Although in the first book, UNREMEMBERED, this song best represents Zen’s feelings toward Seraphina, in book 2, the song better represents Sera’s feelings. Especially near the end. And that’s all I’m going to say about that!
I just want to say a huge thanks to these ladies for being part of the first ever Saturday Soundtracks! I hope you pick up their fantastic books and read them soon!
Who would you like to hear from next?
Record illustration originally by biotwist on Deviantart.