I decided Liz (Life After Joe) deserved a soundtrack for her many hours in the car. #betterlatethannever In case you’re interested, I also did one for The Queen of England: Coronation.
- Hamilton Soundtrack
- Hamilton Mixtape
- Good Feeling, Violent Femmes
- Thinking Out Loud, Ed Sheeran
- Bad Habit, Offspring
- Back to Black, Amy Winehouse
- Drinking in LA, Bran Van 3000
- Save the Last Dance for Me, Michael Buble
- Mess, Ben Folds
- Come Away With Me, Norah Jones
- Tonight the Heartache’s on Me, Dixie Chicks
- Landslide, Dixie Chicks
- Die A Happy Man, Thomas Rhett
- Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of, U2
- Stolen Dance, Milky Chance
- FourFiveSeconds, Rihanna
- Don’t Speak, No Doubt
- 99% Invisible (podcast)
- Bitch Sesh (podcast)
- This American Life (podcast)
- On Being with Krista Tippett (podcast)
Hoping the trend continues…
I did one for the Queen, so I felt like Joe deserved one too. With reference to this post for my casting choices. This is another example of an image I couldn’t get official clearance to, but was in consideration as a cover photo for the novel.
I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy this book, as being of the slightly older generation I am not familiar with the concept of blogs and hashtags. But having started reading I couldn’t put it down until I knew how things turned out for Liz. The sudden death of a husband at a young age is undoubtedly a tricky subject, but the author managed it extremely well. There were tears, but also humour. There were some fascinating insights into the different way people react to death and the bereaved. The book shows there is no ‘right’ way. People need to find the way that works for them. Liz’s way may be unconventional – but that doesn’t mean it was wrong. I loved this book and would recommend it highly.
A reader, Life After Joe
I don’t have to tell you that it’s days like these that make being a writer an amazing thing.
As a person, I sometimes read an article or see a picture and think, ‘So and so would like that.’ As an author, the same thing happens with my characters. Case in point, this lovely article making the rounds in the New York Times.
Grab the Kleenex (don’t say I didn’t warn you).
I always love these challenges! Maybe one year when I’m not working on a novel (or 3), I’ll be able to commit to them.
In case you’re looking for some matches with the above list, might I offer the following?
- A book by an author who uses a pseudonym. Look no further than Ann Benjamin (I also publish under my real name, Courtney Brandt).
- A book involving travel. While technically Room 702 stays in one place it could count, but Life After Joe is all about a road trip, so I think it definitely ticks the box.
- A book that’s published in 2017. The Queen of England: Coronation is definitely coming out next year. Actual release date: TBD.
- A book involving a mythical creature, kind of a 2 for 1 with above. There is a unicorn involved.
- A steampunk novel. Yay, this makes the Queen 3 for 3.
- A book with a title with title that’s a character’s name. See, Life After Joe.
- A book set in a hotel. Room 702 is completely set in a hotel.
And there you have it! Lots of good choices this year.
Did you complete the challenge in 2016 or another year?
Hey gang – in honor of the one-year anniversary, I started a contest on Goodreads for Life After Joe and would love for you to enter a free copy! Of course, if you can’t wait, you can always go ahead and buy a copy. 😉