I’ve been asked a bunch of times now what my playlist was for If You Stay. I don’t actually write with a playlist playing, because I find music distracting while I’m trying to write. But I do listen to playlists while I am plotting. I find that music puts me in the right frame of mind to think about my plot, even if I can’t listen to it when I am actually trying to write the plot down.
The main song that I had on the top of my playlist during If You Stay was The Last Time by Taylor Swift and Gary Lightbody. The words don’t exactly fit the the story of If You Stay, but the tone of the song does. I love it and it put me in the right mood to write more times than I can count.
When I was writing a scene where I was in Pax’s head, particularly the scene from the beginning of the book, I listened to I’ll Be Gone by Linkin Park quite a lot. Something about the words and the tone and the general feel of the song reminded me of Pax.
In the beginning of the story, when Mila first gets to know Pax, there is only one song that came to mind. I knew You Were Trouble by Taylor Swift.
Another song that I listened to when I got 3/4’s of the way through the book was Kelly Clarkson’s Dark Side.
A song that was brought to my attention by Mandie from IReadIndie was Just Give Me a Reason by Pink and Nate Reuss. The book was already written when I found this song, but it fits it perfectly. And in fact, it also fits book two, If You Leave, so I’m still listening to this song quite a lot.
I think all of these songs perfectly fit the feel of If You Stay and I’m thankful that I had them to listen to.
Also, just wanted to remind you of the Bring Pax Home contest. The first part of the contest will end on Thursday February 28th. Check out the details here on how you can win a necklace like Mila’s. The second part of the contest is on-going. When I reach the top 3 on the Amazon’s bestseller list, I will release a bonus scene from If You Stay…. the wedding night, from Pax’s point of view. I’m itching to let you guys read it, so I hope I hit number 3 soon. Eeepp!!
Anyway, I hope everyone is having an awesome Monday!!