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Franco Playlist

Music will, always and forever, fuel my writing. It inspires me endlessly. Thank you to the following bands for streaming through my earbuds, keeping me company, prompting plot, and evolving characters in ways that wouldn’t have been possible without you and your art.

“Roses” (feat. ROZES) by The Chainsmokers

“Gorgeous” by X Ambassadors

“Heartache” by Zibra

“Let Me Love You” (feat. Justin Bieber) by DJ Snake

“Goodbye Los Angeles” by Future Husbands (I ADORE THIS WOMAN!!!)

“Geronimo” by The Beach

“Honey Whiskey” by Nothing But Thieves

“Little Monster” by Royal Blood

“Bad For You” by The Hunna

“River” by Bishop Briggs

“Need the Sun to Break” by James Bay

“September Song” by Sunset Sons

“Give” by You Me At Six

“Love Backs Down” by Walking On Cars

“Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur

So Much More playlist

Music always drives the direction of my stories. So Much More was no exception. These talented musicians were my inspiration:
Caroline by Kill It Kid
Slow Dancing in a Burning Room by John Mayer
Heartless by The Fray
Lies by Sunset Sons
Do I Wanna Know? by Arctic Monkeys
Unsteady by X Ambassadors
The Sickness by Future Husbands
Leave It Alone by Manchester Orchestra
Low Life by X Ambassadors (featuring Jamie N. Commons)
Win Some, Lose Some by You Me At Six
Never Ending Circles by Chrvches
A Home Without a Heart by Future Husbands
Trip Switch by Nothing But Thieves
Incomplete by James Bay
Brave the Day by Like Thieves
Down to the Cellar by Dredg
Let It Go by James Bay
From Above by The Beach
Out of the Blue by Prides
Love, Love, Love by As Tall As Lions

Gus Playlist

The Weekend-Huglife Remix (Coeur de Pirate) “Wicked Games”
AFI “I Hope You Suffer”
The National “I Need My Girl”
Manchester Orchestra “Cope”
The 1975 “Me”
Sunset Sons “Medicine”
Broods “Killing You”
Brick + Mortar “Bangs”
Royal Blood “Figure It Out”
Coldplay “The Scientist”
Catfish and the Bottlemen “Homesick”
Sunset Sons “Loa”
Buddy Guy “Baby Please Don’t Leave Me”
You Me At Six “Love Me Like You Used To”
Bear Hands “Giants”
Flyleaf “All Around Me”
Balance and Composure “Tiny Raindrops”
Twin Atlantic “Fall Into the Party”
Sunset Sons “On the Road”
Ed Sheeran “Kiss Me”

You Need To Check Out This Band!!

Every once in a while I come across a band that I don’t just like … and I don’t just love … but that I become obsessed with. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does it happens instantly and intensely. Those are the bands that find their way on my list of all-time favorites. I added a band to that list this week. (I love it when that happens!) Sunset Sons. They’re a band of surfers. (Sound familiar Bright Siders?) I swear to God, they’re the real-life version of Rook. And Gus. GUS! They’re brilliant!! Epic!! Now go. Find them. Stalk them. Show them some love.

Bright Side playlist

(Potential Spoiler Warning)

I cannot write without music—physically, psychologically, emotionally impossible. The writing process for this book started late 2012 and wrapped up early 2014. These are the songs that I fell in love with for the first time, or the hundredth time, while writing Bright Side. They inspired the overall vibe of the story and its characters, or in some cases they inspired very specific situations or even entire chapters. Kate’s passion for music is my own, though I can’t play an instrument and I’m completely tone deaf when it comes to singing. Like Kate, I LOVE me some strings, especially in unexpected places—they make any song sexy. And I’ve got a HUGE thing for California bands. I’m lucky to say I’ve seen most of these bands perform live (many of them while I was writing this book)—the rest are on my bucket list.

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