Thursday, 31 October 2013

The Lost Boys Blog Tour: Lilian Carmine Talks Romance and Music!



Happy Halloween, everyone!

The Lost Boys was published in the UK last week by Ebury Press and sounds rather good. I haven't read my copy yet but I'm looking forward to getting to it - the cover alone looks great! Here's a quick summary of the book:
Fate has brought them together. But will it also keep them apart? Having moved to a strange town, seventeen-year-old Joey Gray is feeling a little lost, until she meets a cute, mysterious boy near her new home. But there's a very good reason why Tristan Halloway is always to be found roaming in the local graveyard...
Thanks to Lilian for writing the following post for me!


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IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT THE ROMANCE
It’s about friends and music too.
When I first thought about writing The Lost Boys, the romance was obviously a very important factor in the plot. But the book is not just about the romance, folks! I wanted it to be about love, but not only romantic love, but love for your friends.
Friendship plays a very important part in the story, and marks Joe Gray’s journey in a very special way. Without the love for her Lost Boys, her fellow band mates - that amazing group of friends - the outcome of the story would be very different in the end.
Joey’s Lost Boys are by her side through thick and thin and accept her for who she is without any prejudice. They let her in their group and stay by her side during the good and the bad times, without ever asking anything in return but her love and friendship.
And throughout it all, there’s the music, all around them, revolving in and out of their worlds, bringing them together and creating a bond that’s almost as special as the magical one that Joey has with her favourite Lost Boy, Tristan.
Music is ever present in the book. It’s what brings all the characters together, it’s in the lyrics Joey writes, in the melodies the band creates together in their daily rehearsals and long night practices, in their music classes at the school, in their earplugs while they lazily hang out in Joey’s room. It’s in the concerts they’ve played, at their graduation day, and the album they ultimately create together.
It’s in each single page of the book. Inside and out. There are so many amazing songs which I played on repeat for each chapter of the book, helping me write the lines and figure out all the emotions I wanted to translate into Joey’s thoughts. The emotions I needed were all there in all those songs, in the melodies and beautiful voices of those skilled musicians, and all I had to do was listen. Music is my inspiration - to me, music is the closest we have to magic in this world. And it is the true magic happening in the book. It’s not in the spells, the deals with Deaths and magical bonds, but in the love for music that Joe and her Lost Boys share, in their friendship and their love for each other. That is the true love that never dies, the love that endures through time, the love that lasts forever. For The Lost Boys soundtrack playlist, click the link:
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL45403EF6DA622EBC



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