Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong.
In Emmy Laybourne’s action-packed debut novel, six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside. While outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world-as they know it-apart.
Happy Tuesday, everyone!
Tune in Tuesday is a feature I participate in pretty often. It’s hosted by GReads!and we like to showcase some good music.
This Tuesday’s tunes are brought to you by author of Monument 14, Emmy Laybourne!! Here we go…
Music played a really important role in the creation of Monument 14. My routine was to draw the blinds, sit down to write (somehow NOT looking at emails or Facebook or Twitter!), light a candle, put in my earbuds and start an iTunes playlist. Then I’d let the music create the emotion in me that I needed to jump-start my writing.
Most of the songs on the playlist are dark and have a sense of foreboding. Here are some examples:
“Talk Show Host” and “Like Spinning Plates” from Hold Me To This – the Christopher Riley plays Radiohead album. These songs, and most of the songs on his album, set a tone that is turbulent and tense and somehow unbalanced, perfect for dangerous moments in Monument 14.
At moments when I needed to focus in and describe action or setting, I’d listen to “Eleven Wives” by Avishai Cohen, off his Gently Disturbed album. This song always cleared my head – like opening a window in the dead of winter.
I was really into the Kings Of Leon’s Aha Shake Heartbreak album when I was writing the first half of Monument 14. Songs like “The Bucket” and “King of the Rodeo“ made me think of the character Jake. I like the loose, rambly feeling of this KOL album. The later ones, though still good, seem a little too polished at times. On Aha Shake, the band sounds like they’re all practically falling apart, which is how Jake always appeared to me.
Occasionally I’d want to give myself a jolt and then I’d play Phillip Glass’ Etude No. 7 for Piano. Man, that song will nearly give you a heart attack!
I hope Gone With The Words readers will buy my book and listen to it while they play some of these songs! I think that would be a really amazing experience! Thanks for having me here as a guest blogger!
– Emmy Laybourne
Thanks, Emmy! That is one fabulous playlist! I especially love that Wilco track. And I can’t deny my love for that particular Kings of Leon album. :)
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