Chick Lit Rocks! Check Out My Soundtrack…

Shouldn’t a book titled “Now a Major Motion Picture” have a soundtrack??

More blog hop fun for International Chick Lit Month! Since I posted about my upcoming book Now a Major Motion Picture yesterday, I should totally give 30 First Dates some love today.


This post is about writing playlists, and my playlist was absolutely crucial in the writing, editing and overall completion of NAMMP. It evolved as I wrote the book, to the point that I found myself seeking out songs for scenes as if I were directing the movie. Literally, as Noah walks onscreen for his opening scene, the song “Perfectly Lonely” is playing in my head. As he’s having an epiphany in another scene, I’m hearing “Pictures of You” by The Cure. And as Amelia has one of the most exciting cab rides of her life, it’s happening in my head to The Postal Service version of “Such Great Heights.”

NowAMajorMotionPicture_final-2-webMusic played another major role in the writing of Now a Major Motion Picture. Even though it’s my second book to be published, NAMMP is the first book I wrote. I wrote it in the wee hours of the morning (after putting a toddler to bed), and sometimes I faced big interruptions from life, family and the day job. During those times when I couldn’t get in front of the screen to write, I kept myself in Amelia’s world by listening to the soundtrack of her story. My husband actually made fun of me (the nerve!) for listening to the same 15 or so songs over and over and OVER AND OVER again … until I explained the reason, and then he actually claimed to get it. (He’s a writer, too. He knows what it’s like to be weird.)

So, without further ado, let me introduce you to the soundtrack for Now a Major Motion Picture. The songs are in order according to their scenes’ appearance in the story. I’ve cut back my actual playlist just to keep this post from getting unwieldy, but this curated list conveys the idea:

“Satellite Heart” by Anya Marina
“Here With Me” by Dido
“Perfectly Lonely” by John Mayer
“Pictures of You” by The Cure (a damn good song)
“Smile Like You Mean It” by The Killers
“Such Great Heights” by The Postal Service
“Sitting, Waiting, Wishing” by Jack Johnson
“Bird Stealing Bread” by Iron & Wine
“The Scientist” by Coldplay (or you could try the Willie Nelson version, depending on your flavor)
“No One’s Gonna Love You” by Band of Horses (my all-time favorite song, seriously … but I’ll warn you, the video is weird)

And really, with some scenes set in Texas, I hate to leave off George Strait. So I’ll also give props to “The Man in Love with You.”

I’ve been listening to my NAMMP playlist over and over and OVER AND OVER once again as I prepped to write this post. I’ve missed it. I love it. It’s really kind of ridiculous. But I love these characters, I love this story and I love this music. I hope you love it, too!

And now for a contest…

Just like yesterday’s “What’s on Page 45?” post, the grand prize to today’s contest winner is a one-pound package of caramels from Whitney’s Goodies. The winner can choose his or her flavor from the list below. (This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.)

1poundcaramelsforchicklitmayThe Girl Next Door (Crème Caramels): A scrumptious, full-bodied caramel. Old fashioned, melt-in-your-mouth bliss!
The Charmer (Chocolate Crème Caramels): This smooth, chocolate cream caramel will add panache to your day. An exquisite and elegant morsel, simply irresistible.
The Movie Star (Orange Crème Caramels): A timeless treat that will satisfy caramel fans of all ages. “The stuff that dreams are made of!”
The Bombshell (Lemon Crème Caramels): A bodacious bit of heaven with a bold citrus pallet. They will leave you satisfied and refreshed. Caramels are a girl’s best friend!
Always a Lady (Rose Caramels): A delicate bouquet of rose essence infuses this lovely caramel: alluring, tantalizing and reminiscent of another era. They are perfect for weddings and bridal showers. A definite for ladies who lunch or breakfast at Tiffany’s.

To enter, answer the following question in the comments section below:

Which of the songs on NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE’s playlist is your favorite?

Entrants must leave your full name, along with an email address. (Make sure you underline, bold or highlight this, as we must have a way to contact the winner!) A winner will be chosen via on Wednesday, May 20.

You can enter at each of 20 blogs that are participating in this hop, so check out the blogs below for more great music and more chances to win Whitney’s delectable creations:


Chick Lit Rocks! Check Out My Soundtrack… — 6 Comments

    • It’s a hard choice for me, too, Melissa! My favorite song of all time really is No One’s Gonna Love You, but I love all the songs on the list … especially because of their meanings related to the book.

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