Behind The Story: HOW TO SAVE A LIFE (THE HAVEN BOOK 1)
Last Updated: May 30, 2013
Playlist for Walter and Kevin
Here are a few of the songs I
listened to while writing
How to Save a Life. For each song, some of the lyrics
and/or the tone really spoke to me when it came to Kevin and
Walter. The blend of passion, emotion, and suspense with
this story led to an interesting mix of songs for these
Most of the YouTube videos for these wouldn't play embedded in the page, so we've linked to each. We tried to use the original artist's version where possible.
Bring Me to Life, Evanescence
This is Walter's song (although a lot of it works for Kevin too)
Naked, Avril Lavigne
This one's Kevin's song
Show Me What I'm Looking For, Carolina Liar
I hear Kevin saying this to Walter (as opposed to the more spiritual meaning the song may have for some).
Goodbye My Lover, James Blunt
Never fear, this book has a happy ending, but some of the lyrics for this song describe very well what Walter and Kevin are feeling for each other.
Photo of Nearly Completed Manuscript
The printout from one of my last passes on the manuscript. I read the final pass after this on my Kindle, and then the manuscript was off to my editor.
Photo of Original Outline & Scene Board
The original outline cards for How to
Save a Life.
The stack is over five inches high, 22,000 words.
Here I checked off each scene as I read through the manuscript, working on revisions.
Fun Research LinksHere's a sampling of the sites I came across during the research phase of writing this book (which may or may not have ended up being related to what I was actually looking for): A Brief History of Flintstones Vitamins
(I had to double check the names of the characters in the vitamins and this picture came up. Perfect for imagining Walter taking these.)
There were a few more links on this list, but sadly they are no longer active pages.
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