Please help me welcome Suzanne Van Rooyen, author of I Heart Robot! She’s here today to share the music behind her novel, including android Quinn’s playlist! Check out the book below, along with her guest post, and be sure to enter the giveaway!
The Music of I Heart Robot
by Suzanne Van Rooyen
Music is essential to my writing process and became even more essential while writing I Heart Robot since the book revolves around the theme of music.
While writing the novel, I listened primarily to music by the likes of Beethoven, Scriabin, Chopin, Dvorák, and Sibelius. The classical music provided the perfect backtrack while drafting without distracting me too much. Many of the tracks I listened to were also pieces my characters were playing. When I wrote scenes involving specific pieces of music – such as Scriabin’s White and Black Mass – I had those pieces playing on repeat making the experience more real to me as an author.
While editing and revising I Heart Robot, I switched things up a bit and listened to a lot of music by the Icelandic composer Olafur Arnalds. I strongly recommend listening to Arnalds’ albums ‘For Now I Am Winter’ and ‘Living Room Songs’ while reading I Heart Robot.
During the editing phase I also created playlists specifically for each character and even for specific scenes. Here’s the playlist for my android Quinn:
Robot Boy by Linkin Park
I am Dust by Gary Numan
Save the Robots by Institute
Keep the Streets Empty for Me by Fever Ray
R-Evolve by Thirty Seconds to Mars
If I could pick just one song to be the anthem of this novel though, it would have to be Human by Civil Twilight.
Which song is the anthem for your life?