Signed copies of All I Ever Wanted to give away…

December 8, 2011

Drumroll, please…. 

On a musical note (bwahaha), I’ve been meaning to post a playlist for All I Ever Wanted for some time now. So, here it is. These are tracks that played along in the background of my mind, like a soundtrack to the scenes:


  • Dumb ThingsPaul Kelly
  • Bullet with Butterfly Wings – Smashing Pumpkins
  • Talking to a Stranger – Hunters & Collectors
  • Lighthouse – The Waifs
  • Heavy Heart – You Am I
  • Another Lonely Day – Ben Harper
  • Song 2 – Blur
  • These Days – Powderfinger
  • For What You Dream Of – Bedrock (feat. KYO)
  • Army of Me – Bjork (feat. Skunk Anansie)
  • Cage – Dead Letter Circus
  • Shimmer – Fuel
  • Fisherman’s Blues – The Waterboys
  • Revenge of the Number – Portishead
  • Bad Guys – Bleeding Knees Club
  • Fool’s Gold – The Stone Roses
  • Don’t Stop Movin’ – Livin’ Joy
  • Poorhouse – The Audreys
  • Revolution – John Butler Trio
  • Karma Police – Radiohead
  • Please, please, please, let me get what I want – The Smiths
  • Big Jet Plane – Angus & Julia Stone
  • Lovesong – The Cure

I have big, big love for Lovesong by The Cure. It was always going to be the final track for Mim’s departure scene and roll on over into the credits (as I write, I direct a mini-movie in my head). I suppose I’m a Cure-purist and Adele’s cover version, while beautiful, just doesn’t twist my insides like the original. It’s missing that melancholic bass and Robert Smith’s crazy hair.

Do you hear music in your head when you read? Or when you write?

I’m giving away signed copies of All I Ever Wanted to the the 3 best responses to this: name an Australian YA book and its author, write a brief description of the final scene and list the track you hear playing in your head. Post your response in comments and buzz me an email with your name and address. I’ll close the giveaway on New Years’ Eve. Australian residents only, please – I am a struggling writer.

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  1. 'Beautiful Malice' by Rebecca James. This book, along with yours, should be showcases for classics in Australian YA fiction -- heck, fiction in general. Anyway, I'm not trying to steal your inspiration, but I envision 'Shimmer' by Fuel playing in the last scene. It's a poignant moment when the protagonist, Katherine, connects with an old friend, feeling that she needs to be open to love again despite [spoiler alert] losing the love of her life -- and scared to give love another shot. I'm a hugee 90s fan, and this song is so fitting that it makes me all jittery inside.
    December 11, 2011 at 1:03 pm ·
    • Vikki
      Thanks, Rebecca. Perfect song choice for Katherine and Robbie to re-connect in that final chapter. I love 90's indie stuff and 'Shimmer' is a track I never get tired of. I hear it after the final chapter of Kirsty Eagar's 'Raw Blue' as well, but it starts when the drums kick in. 'She dreams a champagne dream...'
      December 11, 2011 at 1:59 pm ·
  2. The best books seem to have their inherent song, like All I Ever Wanted seemed to have this soft, sad, but hopeful hum to it, and songs with a similar mood remind me of the story. This Is Shyness had a relatively happy, resolved ending, but the blurb for the next book, Queen Of Night, revealed that Wolfboy and Nia never reunited after their emotionally intense one-night adventure in which they formed such a strong bond. I relate the surprise post-ending separation to the song Hearts Swells/Pacific Daylight Time by Los Campesinos. The song has a melancholic vibe and speaks of a strong relationship that ended with one party distraught but still glad it happened. The way the song's protagonist appreciated it while it didn't end as they would have hoped reminded me of Nia's eye-opening whirlind night in Shyness.
    December 17, 2011 at 11:51 am ·
    • vikki
      Hey Skye, thanks for sharing your song/scene. Can't wait for Leanne's sequel, Queen of the Night - the cover looks fantastic.
      December 18, 2011 at 1:17 pm ·