Once the CD was in the player, I put the sound on as high as I dared, and pulled back out onto the road to continue the drive so the boys could get their naps, and I could get some much needed thinking time.
When my boys were 2 and an infant I drove around every day like that for 1-2 hours so they could both get a nap at the same time. I loved that period in my life. Uninterrupted time to think? When I had two under two? Yes, please.
It was on those drives that the idea for my first book was conceived and plotted out. Sometimes I felt like my main character road along with me on all those drives, telling me her story. The 80s music that I listened to became the playlist for the book. So today I thought I'd share some of the somgs that influenced the story the most.
Okay, so technically this one is from 1991, but close enough, right?
The One and Only by Chesney Hawkes.
I think of this one as Hannah's theme song. She needed to be strong and truly believe in herself, and I love the lyrics: "I am the one and only/nobody I'd rather be." Who can argue with lyrics like that?
This next song is one of the songs that Hannah and Josh dance to in their school musical. I also think that it pretty accurately describes the way Josh feels about Hannah before she realizes her feelings for him.
Hungry Eyes by Eric Carmen
Lyrics that influenced a character: "I've been meaning to tell you/I've got this feeling that won't subside/I look at you and I fantasize."
And finally, this song always reminds me of the way Hannah feels about Josh. I love the way Hannah realizes that she likes Josh and that he likes her, but she doesn't let that define who she is. Her feelings confuse her, but in a good way.
How Will I Know by Whitney Houston (Also? Her outfit. That is all.)
Lyrics that remind me of Hannah: "There's a boy I know, he's the one I dream of/Looks into my eyes, takes me to the clouds above, mm mm/Oh I lose control, can't seem to get enough, uh huh/When I wake from dreaming, tell me is it really love"
Tell me, if you are a writer, what songs have influenced your books? And readers, what songs do you imagine playing in scenes of your favorite books?