Guest Post by Amy Rolland + OF BREAKABLE THINGS Playlist!
I’m so excited to have the sweet and talented Amy Rolland on the ATWN blog today! Amy is the author of the AMAZING YA novel, OF BREAKABLE THINGS, out next month. Here’s the synopsis from Goodreads:
Alex Ash was born broken. Living with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is like living on death row, but she is willing to fight for her frail life as long as it includes the boy next door. Chase has always held the pieces of her together, but when he dies tragically, Alex’s unfavorable fate becomes a blessing in disguise.
Faced with a choice, she finds herself in a peculiar world where rooms can absorb emotions and secrets are buried six feet under. Among limitless minds, envious spirits, and soulless banshees, Alex hardly rests in peace.
Sounds awesome, right?
Now here’s a little scoop about Amy herself:
A. Lynden Rolland was born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland, a picturesque town obsessed with boats and blue crabs. She has always been intrigued by the dramatic and the broken, compiling her eccentric tales of tragic characters in a weathered notebook she began to carry in grade school. She is a sports fanatic, a coffee addict, and a lover of Sauvignon Blanc and thunderstorms. When she isn’t hunched behind a laptop at her local bookstore, she can be found chasing her two vivacious children. She now resides just outside Annapolis with her husband and young sons.
Okay, on to Amy’s guest post and her OBT playlist! Brace yourself for ALL THE AWESOME!
In Amy’s words…
All we really want is to be moved. The best stories and songs move us, spark a reaction, and inspire us to think and feel. If I can write the mood of a scene so vividly that a reader feels the emotion of the words, then I’ve succeeded. I couldn’t do that without music. My Of Breakable Things playlist is always evolving, but I really think these songs epitomize the personality of the story and of the characters themselves. It continues to grow as I continue to develop the characters and dig deeper into the series.
1. “Say Something”by A Great Big World
This is so completely and fittingly Chase speaking to Alex. Chase took care of Alex from the time he was old enough to hold her hand. He was foolish to think he could control the time he’d be there for her. He never thought he’d die first. In this song, I picture him next to Alex as she’s dying. Though she doesn’t know he’s there.
2. “Let Her Go” by Passenger
This is Jonas’s song because in his mind, the grass is always greener on the other side. He’s selfish, and he wants anything he can’t have. A few people have mistaken his role in the plot as a piece of a love triangle, and he is nothing of the sort. There is no triangle because he doesn’t have that chance. (Note: He was the most fun character to write because of his imperfections.)
3. “Demons” by Imagine Dragons.
We all have our inner demons, and unfortunately when you live in a world ruled by the mind, those demons can overcome you in fabulously horrific ways. All the characters are dead, but they are still themselves within their minds. They have the same flaws, emotions, hates and loves, and this keeps them alive. But a mind can still crack and in the world of OBT, losing one’s mind turns them maniacally insane.
4. New Age (particularly piano)
I’m going to group these together. They take up most of my playlist, and really it’s about twelve different pieces. I love all genres of music, and I find new age to be the most inspiring. I especially love The Eternal City by Michele McLaughlin and anything by Brian Crain. Particularly for this list: Song for Sienna. I was actually listening to this song when I dreamed up the book trailer for Of Breakable Things. When I hear it, I think of Alex and Chase and their childhood together. Taking care of another. Laughing with one another. Losing one another. And eventually… finding one another.
Tell me this isn’t beautiful:
5. “This Woman’s Work” by Greg Laswell.
I’m sure this song is meant to be interpreted differently, but I allow it to inspire me similarly to “Say Something”. Chase urging Alex to keep that little piece of life within her. If she gives up, they won’t see each other again. It also depicts the sorrow of emotions and thoughts forever unspoken.
6. “A Drop in the Ocean” by Ron Pope
For Alex and Chase, this one is so fitting. Alex states more than once during the story that Chase is her heaven. Whatever choice she makes in the matter, bright shiny door after death or not, wherever he is will make it worth it.
7. “I’ll Follow You into the Dark” by Death Cab for Cutie.
This was suggested by my agent, Rachael Dugas, when we were searching for new titles.
8.“Glass” by Thompson Square
9. “If I Die Young” by The Band Perry
10. “Broken” by Lifehouse
And for the Lasalle brothers… anything by O.A.R. This is one of my favorite groups, and their songs depict the liveliness, the freedom, and the spirit of the Lasalles.
I hope this list can give readers somewhat of an impression. If they want more, they can check out my book trailer here:
Thanks Amy for stopping by and sharing the music that inspired your debut, OF BREAKABLE THINGS. Ahhhh! I can’t wait for this book! Just so y’all know, OF BREAKABLE THINGS is out next month, on April 29th, 2014.
More OBT links here:
Where you can find Amy:
So what do y’all think? Which song moves you?:)