Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Guest Post: Lisa M. Stasse author of The Forsaken w/Giveaway!

I'm very excited to have Lisa Stasse on the blog today. Lisa's book, The Forsaken, is out today from Simon & Schuster. Make sure to check it out!


Talking Music with Lisa M. Stasse,
(Coming July 10, 2012 from Simon & Schuster)

So I thought it might be fun to talk about some of the music that I listened to—and that inspired me—when I was writing and editing my debut dystopian novel, THE FORSAKEN. I almost always listen to music when I write, because I feel like it gives me more energy and helps set a mood in my head that I can translate onto the page. So, here's some of the stuff I was listening to along the way when I wrote THE FORSAKEN. It's not really an official playlist or anything. Just some songs and albums that I listened to over and over (and probably drove my neighbors crazy by playing too much).

1. “French Navy” by Camera Obscura—one of my favorite songs from a great, underrated band.

2. "Round and Round" by Ariel Pink—like a strange pop hit from another planet! I got really obsessed with this song for a while and had it playing on an infinite loop. It's pretty hypnotic.

3. The album "Maya" by MIA—sometimes I needed some really aggressive and energetic music to write the battle scenes in my book, and MIA's stuff usually did the trick.

4. The soundtrack to the movie "Drive." I know a lot of my friends hated this movie, but I actually liked it. But of course I love Ryan Gosling in anything, so maybe that had something to do with it! J

5. "Edith and the Kingpin" by Joni Mitchell—this is an old song from the 1970's that my mom actually used to play all the time. It's really good. Kind of melancholy. Good for writing sad scenes.

6.  Anything by Cat Power and Feist—two of my favorite musicians. My husband teases me and says they are the ultimate "Starbucks/chick music" type artists, but I don't care! They are awesome. Cat Power's records are amazing.

7. Anything by Animal Collective—okay, so some of Animal Collective's music annoys me because it's just trying SO hard to be hip, etc, but some of their stuff is great. It's almost like classical music in places. Great music to write to.

8. A friend (hi Charlotte!) introduced me to a new genre of ultra-creepy dance music called "witch house." It's incredibly spooky. The band Salem is my favorite of the bunch—I wrote some of the creepiest/scary parts of THE FORSAKEN listening to their amazing album "King Night."

9. The album "Penthouse" by Luna—great low-key indie rock music from the mid-90's.

10. Finally, I just thought I'd list some of the bands that (according to my iPod) I listened to a bunch when I was writing THE FORSAKEN. Some of these bands I don't listen to much anymore (I probably just burned out on them) but some I still listen to almost every day! Ok, so here's the list: Arcade Fire, Ryan Adams, Skrillex, The Cure, Beck, Katy Perry, The Shins, Karen O, Charles Douglas, Mr. Oizo, Matt & Kim, Kate Bush, Bon Iver, Kanye West, The Velvet Underground, Pixies, Neil Young, Big Star, Brice Randall Bickford, Syd Barrett, Tim Buckley, Prince, The Dirty Projectors and Sleigh Bells.


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