Today, Sarah MacManus is here courtesy of the Teen Book Scene blog tour for her book, Dreamwalk. Thank you for being here, Sarah! You can follow along with the tour here, or by clicking the banner. Enjoy!
Hi Corrine – thanks for having me by. You know, I’m big on music. WAY big on music. I grew up with a rock band in my basement and even DJ’d at a tiny radio station back in college. Music is one of the most important parts of my life, both artistically and socially, so it seemed natural to me to make one of the main characters in Dreamwalk a musician.
Some songs – maybe it’s the pitch, maybe it’s the chord progression, I don’t know – just unlock my brain and let words loose. And then there are others that just make my brain go blank and all I can do is let it inside to block out the rest of the world. Even the one inside my head.
When I was working on the first draft of Dreamwalk, I was really into Peter Doherty’s solo album, and while I was finishing up the last revisions, I was into the Younghearts (who haven’t been signed yet) and I still am. I was also studying belly dancing, so I was listening to some Middle Eastern rhythms that I think influenced the tone of the Dreamtime sequences.
Just for fun, I put together a playlist on YouTube for songs and videos that I was listening to while writing it. I haven’t heard many of these in months, so putting it together has been a blast that I couldn’t resist:
Evanescence - My Immortal
Green Day - Wake Me Up When September Ends
Roses Kings Castles - Inner Love In Outer Space
Peter Doherty - Broken Love Song
Younghearts - The Boy Is Trouble
Peter Doherty - For Lovers
The Libertines - What Katie Did
The Verve - Bitter Sweet Symphony
Younghearts - This Love
I Blame Coco - Bohemian Love.
Green Day - Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Lady, Don't Fall Backwards – Peter Doherty
The Strokes - Life Is A Gas
Shakira - Whenever, Wherever (Sahara Mix)
Younghearts -Young Love
There are a lot of great songs listed here! What an awesome playlist!!
Thank you so much for being here today, Sarah!
DREAMWALK is a romantic mixed beat of time travel and mythology for both teens and adults. After the death of her mother, Chloe Hawthorn is haunted by terrifying nighttime hallucinations. Determined to take control of her dreams, she uses them to find Shane Anderson, a charming and troubled musician whose online videos have been holding her in thrall. She finds him in the Dreamtime, sweating out heroin detox in a run-down rehab center.
Chloe sets out to find Shane in the waking world and discovers her dreams have been taking her into the past. Horrified, Chloe realizes Shane doesn't survive his addictions. In order to save him, Chloe must master her Australian mother's legacy — the secret of walking the Dreaming through time. But what price will Chloe pay for this Dreamwalk and will she save Shane only to lose him forever?
Synopsis taken from goodreads.