Music is an important part of my writing process. I have a long history of creating scenes, plot lines and even full stories inspired by songs that just happened to come up on the radio at the right moment, and nearly everything I write ends up with a more or less official playlist.
Love Starved is no different, of course. Underneath is a list of songs I listened to obsessively as I wrote the story – songs that influenced parts of it, or that simply reflect certain moments.
The full playlist, ready to be listened to in its preferred order that mirrors the story lines, requires logging in to Spotify. (Registration is free and allows you to legally listen to the playlist – and tons of other music – as many times as you wish, without shuffling the songs for you.)
8tracks playlist is missing one song, because it can’t contain more than two songs by one artist. It will also shuffle the songs after the first playback, but it doesn’t require registration.
And if you prefer to find the songs yourself – here’s the list:
1. “I’ll Try” – Jonatha Brooke
2. “A Whole New World” – Lea Salonga and Brad Kane
3. “For Your Entertainment” – Adam Lambert [*missing from the 8tracks playlist*]
4. “Whataya Want From Me” – Adam Lambert
5. “Safe and Sound” – Taylor Swift, cover by Julia Sheer
6. “Perfect” – Alanis Morissette
7. “Innocent” – Taylor Swift
8. “Giving It Away” – Mae, acoustic
9. “Underneath” – Adam Lambert
10. “Glitter in the Air” – P!nk
11. “I Do” – Colbie Caillat
Love Starved is released on Tuesday, April 21 – in just two days! I hope you enjoy the journey and that the music leads you farther into the story.
Mae’s acoustic version of Giving It Away has long been among my favorite songs. The scene that this song reflects wasn’t in the initial outline of Love Starved, but as soon as I started writing it, I had this melody in my head.
A theme of past experiences and how they shape and affect our lives as well as our outlooks is a recurring one throughout Love Starved. This song, Taylor Swift’s Innocent, sat in my inspiration playlist for ages, waiting for this particular story to grow from the little plot bunny into something real. Now that the novel is completed, polished and ready to fly into the world, I love how perfectly this song fits.
Safe and Sound is a Taylor Swift’s song, but I first heard it as a cover – this cover, by Tiffany Alvord and Megan Nicole – a couple of years ago, and I have a soft spot for this version.
Love Starved is a bit of a roller-coaster – sweet moments intertwined with heartache, hurt with comfort. This is a song I had on repeat while writing one of the most emotional and satisfying scenes in the book. It’s all about trust, about letting someone in…
I’m one of those writers who make playlists for their stories.
It’s a thing that happens, almost by accident, every time I work on something longer. Suddenly, there are songs everywhere – songs I’ve known forever but their lyrics just start to fit; songs I hear for the first time that give me the perfect combination of feelings; songs that tell a story. I’ve written dozens of scenes that were born from the right song sparking the right emotion at the right moment.
Several such scenes appear in my debut novel, Love Starved. And since there are thirteen weeks until it comes out, and I have thirteen songs in my Love Starved playlist, today I’m introducing Song Saturdays here on my blog. I will be posting one song each Saturday until April 18, before gathering them all into a full 8tracks playlist.
The songs I’ve chosen are in this particular order for a reason. If you listen carefully, you may hear a story in them, catch glimpses of scenes and characters… And then listen again when Love Starved is out and tell me what you thought 🙂
So here it is, week 1: I’ll Try from Disney’s Peter Pan: Return to Neverland.