the soundtrack to my sixth book, and a contest!

Hey, guess what? I’ve been writing a lot. Maybe that’s a dumb thing to say, but since officially becoming an author, my writing time’s been hit or miss. But lately, HIT! I’m focused on one project but there are three or more waiting in line, and even though I’ve had more of it than usual, I never feel like I have enough writing time. That little alarm goes off on my phone, telling me it’s time to do something else, and I think: Didn’t I just sit down five seconds ago? I’ve been writing so much that my right shoulder is about an inch higher than my left. I’m seriously crooked. I should probably see a chiropractor or a massage therapist, but I’m too busy writing to make an appointment. (What I should definitely NOT do is get my hair cut right now. When my shoulder rights itself, my hair will be crooked instead, and I’m not sure I can pull that off.) I’m excited to be writing so much, and I’m excited to tell you about what I’m writing. My second most-asked question is, “What are you working on?” I want to shout it from the rooftops, but people would rather I wait and ANNOUNCE things in a proper order. So, here’s my workaround. A few weeks ago Book Blogger Jen wowed me with a playlist for FORGOTTEN. Responding to a question of mine, she came up with a really thoughtful list of songs that remind her of the themes or characters or just the general vibe of the book. It made me start thinking of songs that go with my works in progress. So, without ANNOUNCING anything, here are some hints about what I’m working on–these are songs I envision on their soundtracks. Novel #2 (due out May 2012) Name by the Goo Goo Dolls Panic Switch by Silversun Pickups How to Save a Life by The Fray Supersecret Project 3 (due to my agent in the near-ish future-ish) Pictures of You by The Cure Human by The Killers All the Right Moves by One Republic Supersecret Project 4 (to be worked on when Supersecret Project 3 is finished, but which was actually started before Novel #2) Ocean of Noise by Arcade Fire No One’s Gonna Love You by Band of Horses And then there’s Supersecret Project 5, which is about eight pages long. Kings and Queens by 30 Seconds to Mars is definitely on that one, as is Intervention by Arcade Fire. And Supersecret Project 6 rocks out to Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper. And the soundtrack to Supersecret Project 7—it’s only 49 words—would definitely include Someone Like You by Adele. So, that’s what I’m working on, and what I’ve been listening to. How about you? CONTEST ALERT! I’d love to know what song you associate with FORGOTTEN, and why. Please leave a comment with your single song title and any rationale you care to share (just the song title’s okay, too). The most relevant or just all around best submission as determined by a small committee of my peers will win a FORGOTTEN audiobook for your listening pleasure. Submit ideas before Monday 9/19 at midnight PST (US only, please) Ready, set, GO!

18 Replies to “the soundtrack to my sixth book, and a contest!”

  1. Pictures of you by the last goodnight reminds me of London and what she’s going through. The chorus sings of pictures on the wall for the world to sing which relates to London because she is looking at the pictures just like any other random person in the world would. She doesn’t remember the moment, which makes her a stranger to the event. At the end of the song it repeats, “what we could have been” which is London’s thoughts about what might have happened in those moments and the people they were when the picture was being taken.

  2. I think my choice for Forgotten would be More than This by Vanessa Carlton. I listen to this song all the time, and I remember when I was reading the book it was so bitter sweet, much like the song 🙂

  3. I think Kindly Unspoken by Kate Volegele would be a good song for Forgotten. First of all, it’s about being quiet, which is like London’s personality. Personally, I think London is a bit insecure about her memory since only two people know, and that doesn’t include her boyfriend. When Luke first talks to her in class, I think she is estatic a boy likes her and in the beginning of the song, it says “So high were my spirits When you sang out my name. And coming from you It was enough just to hear it” In the bridge of the song, it reminds me of the part where Luke is in the kitchen and sees all of London’s notes, and London gets upset that he didn’t help her with being able to remember things. But by the end of the song, it talks about being smart and figuring things out, which I think is perfect because London understands Luke’s side, thinks about it, and finally forgives Luke.

  4. So I added five more because apparently I can’t stop thinking about this. 🙂

    1) “Ghost Under Rocks” – Ra Ra Riot
    2) “Another Heart Calls” – The All-American Rejects
    3) “All Fall Down” – OneRepublic
    4) “Wonderwall” – Ryan Adams
    5) “Hero/Heroine” – Boys Like Girls

  5. I’m not from the us, and thats ok because I have a song, that might not be perfect but I have recently read your book and can’t wait for the sequel. And was listening to my favourite album and I think the song wake me up by ed sheeran would be perfect to sum up the whole luke and london relationship.

  6. Well, I’m not very original (based on the title only) and certainly not remotely current (I only know 80’s pop), but I’m going with my Don’t You (Forget About Me), Simple Minds…perhaps Luke’s theme song?

  7. I think it would be cool for some sexy guy to remake Natasha Bedingfield’s Love Like This for Luke. Of course, Unwritten, for London when she’s in a happy moment. Dixie Chicks, Cowboy Take Me Away.

  8. You know how horrible I am with song titles and artists. So I will say that TLC’s Waterfalls reminds me of you because of our Halloween costume circa 1995. 😉

  9. Hmm, I’m not really a music freak (I spend too much time reading, listening to audiobooks while I clean up after my husband & toddler, and writing–can I use that as an excuse???), but I think I’d pick:

    Think of Me from Phantom of the Opera (the Sarah Brightman version, of course)

    …and a P.S. I read Forgotten on Saturday–cover to cover. The litmus test to whether or not I like a book is how quickly I read it. Yours was great. I’m looking forward to hearing about Novel #2 and beyond.

  10. After having read the book “Forgotten” several times and after consulting my students i think this song – U know who I am – David Fonseca is perfect for the book. If you listen to it – it has the right message and cool groove 🙂

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