Sixteen year old Julia Phillips buries herself in guilt after killing her best friend Monica in a car accident. Julia awoke in the hospital with a broken leg, a new talent for drawing and false memories of the accident, in which she dies and Monica lives. The doctors attribute this to her head injury, but no one can explain how a bracelet engraved with her name ended up at the scene of the accident. A bracelet no one has ever seen before.
Classmate Evan Whittaker paid Julia no attention before the accident, let alone after. Now suddenly he’s volunteering to tutor her and offering to drive her home. She can't ignore that his new obsession started after his two-day disappearance last week and that he wears a pendant she’s been drawing for months. When the police show up one night looking for Evan, he begs Julia to run with him, convincing her that Monica is still alive. Julia agrees to go, never guessing where he’s really from.
Music Playlist by Denise Grover Swank
Music plays a significant role in my writing. For one thing, I can’t write in silence. It drives me crazy. Plus with all my kids, (I have five living at home) my headphones are my best friend.
The music I listen to changes from book to book, scene to scene. With HERE, the overall tone of the book was emotionally heavy. Obviously something light and upbeat wasn’t going to work. I listened to Linkin Park’s Minutes to Midnight album on repeat a LOT. “What I’ve Done” is the theme song for the book and fits Julia, Evan and the Reece in Evan’s world. All of them are ruled by guilt. Guilt plays a huge role in the choices they make, trying to rectify their mistakes. Yet ironically, their attempts to fix their past experiences only makes things worse.
The instrumental on the album “Wake” was on repeat when I wrote the scene when Julia is in the parking lot of Chick-Fil-A, faced with a decision. No matter what choice she makes, her life will change. The tone of the song captured that moment for me.
Theme song: Linkin Park: What I’ve Done (The book is full of guilt and how the characters deal with it. Perfect song.)
Red: Hymn of the Missing (Evan)
Linkin Park: Numb (Julia)
Red: Faceless (Julia)
Linkin Park: In Pieces
Linkin Park: Wake (key scene)
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Parallel Universe
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Otherside
Lifehouse: Everything (Studio Version)
Lifehouse: From Where You Are (Reece)
Lifehouse: All I’m Asking For
Lifehouse: It Is What It Is (Last chapter)
Evans Blue: The Future in the End
Thank you to Denise for the post and sharing her playlist with us. I actually have a thing for Linkin Park so I'm glad to see What I've Done as the theme song. :)
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Denise Grover Swank lives in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. She has six children, three dogs, and an overactive imagination. She can be found dancing in her kitchen with her children, reading or writing her next book. You will rarely find her cleaning. Denise is represented by Amanda Luedeke of MacGregor Literary. You can find out more about Denise and her other books at www.denisegroverswank.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow her on Twitter: @DeniseMSwank or friend her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deniseswank.