During one of the first conversations with my agent, she asked me what inspired my book. When a book is submitted to editors, it is often referenced as a cross between specific books and movies. She wanted to know what I had in mind while writing my book and shared her ideas.
So I started thinking about my book recipe. What books mixed with what book inspired the perfect read. Here is it, the recipe for Canary! Once the recipe is completed, I hope you will over indulge!
Canary’s Book Inspiration:
• Speak (Laurie Halse Anderson)
I love Anderson’s writing style. My book is episodic instead of having chapters (blog entries separate episodes), and I love the voice of Melinda. Her sarcasm, wit and pain work so well together.
• I am Charlotte Simmons (Tom Wolfe)
This book deals with college level athletes and the corrupt system the fictional ivy league school subscribes to.
• Prep (Curtis Sittenfeld)
This book is one of my top ten favorite books of all time (which is a big statement coming from an English teacher).
If you haven’t read it, read it. I read it once or twice a year, and it never gets old.
It’s about a middle class girl who spends four years at a private boarding school.
Canary’s Movie/Television Inspiration:
• Varsity Blues
• Cruel Intentions
• 90201 (don’t laugh, I love that show!)
I also had play list of songs that I used while I was writing that I named MELLOW SONGS TO WRITE TO.
Here’s the line up:
• Mad World (R.E.M.)
• Wake me When September Comes (Green Day)
• Run (Snow Patrol)
• Rootless Tree (Damien Rice)
• 9 Crimes (Damien Rice)
• Sleep Don’t Weep (Damien Rice)
• Fake Empire (The National)
• Slow Show (The National)
• Start a War (The National)
• Racing Like a Pro (The National)
• How to Save a Life (The Fray)
• You Found Me (The Fray)
• Falling Slowly (The Swell Season)
• When Your Minds Made Up (the Swell Season)
• The Scientist (Coldplay)
• Society (Eddie Vedder)
• Apologize (One Republic)
• Flowers in December (Mazzy Star)
• Colorblind (Counting Crows)
• A Long December (Counting Crows)
• Bittersweet Symphony (The Verve)
• New Slang (The Shins)
• One (U2)
• Everytime (Britney Spears)
• Beautiful People (Rusted Root)
• Brick (Ben Folds Five)
• How’s it Going to Be (Third Eye Blind)
Those are my inspirations! Lina also thought my book was a little bit of the Gossip Girls series (uhm, can we talk about how that series is my secret pleasure…or more specifically Chuck Bass) and the movie Mean Girls. I could see how my book would remind the readers of elements from both.
What about you? What inspires your writing? Are there specific books, movies or music? Share them with me!