I am SO excited to bring you this super fun guest post from Everything, Everything author Nicola Yoon! If you haven’t heard the news, the rights to Nicola’s amazing debut have been optioned for film by MGM!! So freaking exciting! I asked Nicola if she’d tell us some of the songs she’d like to see on the soundtrack to the film. Plus, Nicola was nice enough to sign the copy of the book I bought when I met her at the Decatur Book Festival (she is SO nice) AND donated a copy of the EE audiobook for the giveaway, so you should definitely stick around to end of the post and enter to win it!
I don’t listen to music while I’m writing, but music definitely influences me. Usually when I’m writing a book, there are just a handful of songs or albums that I’m listening to on repeat. I’m a total lyrics person, so a particularly good lyric can really inspire me. For example, when I was writing EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING, I kept coming back to a few lines in Noel Gallagher’s “If I Had a Gun”:
Hope I didn’t speak too soon
My eyes have always followed you around the room
‘Cause you’re the only God that I will ever need
I’m holding on and waiting for the moment for my heart to be unbroken by the sea
I love all the lyrics in this song, but it’s the “waiting for the moment for my heart to be unbroken by the sea” part that really gets me. It’s epic. It’s a little bit mysterious. It speaks to a big, big love that can only be moved by something as vast as the sea. For me, it really encapsulates Olly’s feelings for Maddy.
I’ve always said if I could write a book that made you feel as intensely as a four minute song can, I would be a very happy writer. Hopefully, I’m getting closer to this the more I write. Any type of art can influence any other, and inspiration can come from unexpected places. For me, music is definitely one of those places.
“If I Had a Gun” by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
”Pieces” by Andrew Belle
”Four Minute Warning” by Radiohead
”Videotape” by Radiohead
”I Need My Girl” by The National
”Graceless” by The National
”Hannah Hunt” by Vampire Weekend
”Rehab” by Amy Winehouse
”This Place Is A Prison” by The Postal Service
”Mezzanine” by Massive Attack
”Angel” by Massive Attack
”Extraordinary Machine” by Fiona Apple
Unfortunately, the two Radiohead songs are not on Spotify, but you can find them on YouTube – listen to “Four Minute Warning” and “Videotape” for the full experience!
Nicola Yoon grew up in Jamaica (the island) and Brooklyn (part of Long Island). She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason. Everything, Everything is her first novel.
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There are two prizes (a signed hardcover and the audiobook); the first winner chosen by Rafflecopter will have their choice of the two and the second winner chosen will get the second prize.
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- This contest is open to US residents only.
- The giveaway will run until October 22, 2015 at midnight CST.
- You must be 18 years or older, or have parents’ permission to enter.
- I will check all of the entries for the chosen winner. If any of them have been given and you haven’t actually done them, you will be disqualified.
- If the winner does not respond to my e-mail within 48 hours, I will choose another winner.
- I am not responsible for any items lost in the mail, and I cannot replace anything that is lost. I’m sorry.