Interview: YA Author Elizabeth Eulberg
Read on to see how music influences Elizabeth’s life and writing.
1. For those who don’t know, what category and genre do you write? What are the titles of your published novels?
I write contemporary fiction for teens: The Lonely Hearts Club, Prom & Prejudice, Take a Bow, and my latest book is Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality.
2. Do you listen to music *while* you write or do you need it silent? What musicians/bands/tracks inspired your novels? Do you have playlists for your individual books? Will you share some tunes or part of your playlists?
I have to listen to music while I write. I generally listen to more quieter and familiar music so it doesn’t distract me too much: Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Ed Sheeran, Snow Patrol, Ingrid Michaelson, Death Cab for Cutie, Of Monsters and Men, Blind Pilot, etc. If I need to write a really aggressive or silly scene, I’ll pump up with Matt & Kim, Kelly Clarkson, or some good 80s tunes.
The only books that I have a playlist for is my first novel, The Lonely Hearts Club. That book was heavily inspired by the Beatles so I only listened to the Beatles while writing that (and won’t listen to them if I’m writing anything else as I connect them so much to that main character’s voice). These songs really mirror the book a lot:
Two of Us
We Can Work It Out
Do You Want to Know a Secret?
If I Fell
Don’t Bother Me
You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away
I’m So Tired
You Can’t Do That
I’ll Be Back
With a Little Help From My Friends
Things We Said Today
From Me to You
Here Comes the Sun
3. When do you listen to music? Does your taste in music change depending on the activity?
I listen to music all the time. Even if I’m walking two blocks, i need to have my headphones on. I generally listen to more indie rock bands, but if I’m working out I’m all about pop: Kelly Clarkson, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Pink…I go to sleep to the radio, I have music on during my work day. The only time I don’t listen to music is when I’m reading it distract me too much.
4. Do you have a musical background? Are you currently involved with something musical? Do you attend concerts or other musical events?
I started playing the piano when I was five, clarinet when I was ten, drums in high school, and guitar a few years ago. I love music. I wish I was in a band, but instead I go to a ton of concerts (40 last year alone). I’m really lucky I live in NYC and have so many bands come near me.
5. We may be able to tell all ready, but who are some your favorite musicians/bands? Have you met any musicians/bands?
Snow Patrol, fun., Kelly Clarkson, Phoenix, Death Cab for Cutie, The Swell Season, Ingrid Michaelson, Mumfort and Sons, Of Monsters and Mend, Ed Sheeran, and so many more! I’ve been really lucky and got to meet Snow Patrol a few times, Kelly Clarkson, New Kids on the Block, and am friends with Market Irglova of The Swell Season. I have so much respect for musicians, it’s not an easy job and takes a lot of work and dedication (just like writing).
6. What tracks/bands own your iPod right now?
I’ve been listening to Of Monsters and Men and fun.’s albums on repeat constantly. Also when I’m walking around I’ve been into Taylor Swift’s Red album. I usually am listening to whatever band I’m seeing next in concert which is Tegan and Sara.
7. Can you tell us about your newest novel?
Yes! Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality is coming out March 1st and is about a girl whose younger sister is in the beauty pageant world. So Lexi is seen as the “smart” and “clever” sister while Mackenzie is the “pretty” one – so Lexi decides to take matters into her own hands. I wrote the majority of this book in 2011 so I listened to a lot of Death Cab, Blind Pilot, Boxer Rebellion, Adele, The Decemberists, etc. This was my first book that didn’t have a music focus so I don’t remember specific songs or artists that hugely inspired the story.
Elizabeth Eulberg was born and raised in Wisconsin before heading off to college at Syracuse University and making a career in the New York City book biz. Now a full-time writer, she is the author of The Lonely Hearts Club, Prom & Prejudice, Take aBow, and Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality. She loves outside of Manhattan with her three guitars, two keyboards, and one drumstick.
A HUGE thank you to Elizabeth for making time for this interview! xoxo
PS I’m beyond jealous that Elizabeth’s met Gary Lightbody – more than once!