March 16

It’s Raining Rock Songs!

Are you as excited about spring as I am? It’s been a long, cold winter here in the Midwest. And I welcome spring with my arms wide open (with one hand holding my cute polka dot umbrella). As long as warmer temperatures arrive with it, I don’t mind the spring rain so much. So to […]

March 13

I Dare You

I’ve been thinking about this blog post for a long time. Thinking about risks and chances and unexpected surprises. Thinking about new bands and debut novels, about new albums and new directions. (Not that New Direction–the one full of hotties– but if that’s your thing, ROCK ON. 😀  #judgmentfreezone) There are SO many genres of music, […]

March 06

INDUSTRY DARLING by Caitlin Rantala: An Interview & (a sorta) Review

Amazon / Barnes & Noble / iBooks / Kobo You guys, I cannot tell you how much I **LOVED** this book. INDUSTRY DARLING is a captivating, futuristic twist on the music industry. It’s all kinds of fantastically twisted and romantic. I couldn’t put this book down from the first page. I was immediately enthralled in […]

March 02

I Hate Rants About YA Cliches — Also Here’s A Rant About YA Cliches

I don’t know about you all, but I kind of hate it when people tell me what to do. Crossing guards, flight attendants, the police — it’s like, get off my back, society. I get really pissed, however, when people write those lists of cliches you’re supposed to avoid when writing YA. Because, you know, […]

February 09

The Voice (for writers)

So we all know the show I’m referring to, right? And we’re all ready for the newest season that starts Feb 23rd? Because I’ll admit it…I was clueless until I watched the show last season when Gwen Stefani joined. (I KNOW! The shame!) Not to worry…I’m fully addicted now and can’t wait for the new season. There’s something […]

February 06

The Whole Story

With everyone’s favourite (…) pseudo holiday a week away, it is important to remember that not only is love one of the most powerful forces in our society but it takes on many different meanings. There are so many people who spend Valentine’s Day wondering why the only warm touch they have felt all day […]

February 04

Here to PUMP….You UP!

Okay, okay, okay–there are a lot of you who like to write to music.  I understand why.  The right song helps us get in the frame of mind we need to be in.  Fast paced action scene?  Maybe a little Ramones or Busta to speed things up.  Slow gut wrenching deliberation happening in your story? Why, here’s Andy Suzuki […]

January 29

New Year, New Books, New Music

I love the novelty of January. A new year. A fresh start. Full of new and exciting opportunities, especially new books and music! Today I’m sharing some debut authors and artists from this month. Check them out and enjoy!   Tunnel Vision by Susan Adrian (Young Adult Science Fiction, January 20) This book has a […]

January 26

10 Songs Based on Books

So we all know there are books based off songs — and from my own experiences I can sure as skippy admit that I definitely get some major inspirations from my playlist. Without a good playlist, my stories turn into meandering journeys through piles of word-vomit. So, I’d like to think (at least in some […]

January 22

Bonnaroo Preview

The lineup for Bonnaroo 2015 was announced last week, and SO MANY of my favorite bands are going to be there! I’m planning to make the trip for the first time this year, so I’ve been eagerly waiting to find out who I’ll get to see perform live. For the full lineup, go here. There […]

January 15


Loudwire recently polled their followers about which rock album was their most anticipated of January of the new year. See the list of new or upcoming albums here. I 100% agree with the results of the poll. I cannot wait to hear the full F.E.A.R. album by Papa Roach. What I love about Papa Roach is […]

January 12

Emotional Songs – Hinder or Help Your Story?

Hey there! I hope you all had a great weekend ;o) I’m in the middle of writing a new WIP and I got addicted to a song that I’ve been playing on repeat (hint: it’s the ATWN song of the week: Sia – Elastic Heart) and it got me thinking… is this affecting the words […]

January 05

An Interactive New York Travel Guide — With Book And Music Pairings

When you live in a city, each day is basically a bombardment of stimuli. There’s the rattle of the old, decrepit subway cars, the alternating odors of street meat and… other things one finds on the street, the tourists’ soft stomaches as they glance off your elbows as you barrel toward work. The curses of […]

December 30

where is my cane?

I believe it happened while I was sitting in traffic. Or maybe it was during a meeting that was dragging on at work. It happened somewhere that allowed my mind to wander a little. I bet I was doodling. Whatever the situation, however I was reminded, it was the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s […]

December 25

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas A.T.W.N. followers! For those in search of a good Christmas Mix today, here’s a playlist of our favorite Holiday tunes. This mix includes essential Holiday Songs by Noel Gallagher, Dave Matthews, Run DMC, Bing Crosby, ‘N SYNC, U2, and more. Enjoy,  The A.T.W.N. Crew

December 22

Our Favorite…And Our Own…Books Of 2014

2014 was yet another fantastic year for readers! All of us here at ATWN have included some of our favorites for you to add to your bookshelf. Simply click on each book cover, and it’s Goodreads page will pop open up in a new window.       We hope you found a new book to add […]

December 22

Our Favorite Songs of 2014

What an amazing year for music! And to celebrate the year that was, all of the contributors at A.T.W.N. picked a few favorite tracks to share with you. And by a few, I mean over 2hrs worth! Happy Listening!   Thanks for all your support this year, and we will see you in 2015!  

December 15

SOUNDFUEL: Music you can’t write without

Ever been writing a scene and find yourself in need of the perfect writing mood music…something that will help you get in just the right mindset? Check out the cool, new (to me) site, SOUNDFUEL! (Shout out to Erin for sharing the link!) The directory tab is full of playlists that are presorted into categories based on what type of scene […]

December 12

Cover Reveal: Industry Darling by Caitlin Rantala

I’ve been dying to share the cover of Industry Darling with you all! Honestly, the suspense is killing me. But before I do, in case, you have no idea what I’m talking about – I have a book coming out on January 20, 2015 called Industry Darling and here’s a quick run down of it

December 10

Guest Post: Author Dahlia Adler – “Last Will and Testament” Playlist

Thanks for having me, All the Write Notes! Usually I share my playlists on Band Geek Thursdays on my group blog, YA Misfits, but this post is the playlist for my very first NA, so, here we are! (Plus, ATWN is awesome, in case you haven’t noticed.) My book is called Last Will and Testament, and […]