An unashamed super fan of all things paranormal romance, Jessa Russo reads, writes and breathes paranormal YA, rarely straying from her comfort zone. When not writing or reading, Jessa enjoys making memories with her awesome family and amazingly supportive friends, while secretly planning her next trip to New Orleans. She’s won a few flash fiction contests and had a short story published, but feels her greatest accomplishment is raising the coolest kid ever – a little girl with a Tim Burton obsession and a desire to save every animal she sees.
Jessa will always call Southern California home, where she lives with her husband Jon, their daughter Faith, Bronco the Great Dane and Lola the Chihuahua.
Isn't she pretty? And brains too!She wrote this fabulous book.
Seventeen-year-old Ever’s love life has been on hold for the past two years. She’s secretly in love with her best friend Frankie, and he’s completely oblivious.
Of course, it doesn't help that he’s dead, and waking up to his ghost every day has made moving on nearly impossible.
Frustrated and desperate for something real, Ever finds herself falling for her hot new neighbor Toby. His relaxed confidence is irresistible, and not just Ever knows it. But falling for Toby comes with a price that throws Ever’s life into a whirlwind of chaos and drama. More than hearts are on the line, and more than Ever will suffer.
Some girls lose their hearts to love.
Some girls lose their minds.
But just like so many of us writerly types we need more than a keyboard to write our story. We need music. So for today's blog stop, Jessa has shared the songs that inspired her while she wrote Ever. Here's a chance to get inside the mind of a writer. Enjoy!
Though I don’t listen to music while I write – except for the occasional need for classical when I’m feeling particularly chaotic – I do have a short playlist for EVER. There are a few songs that really spoke to me while writing Ever, Frankie and Toby’s stories, and I have added notes to them below. The other songs are part of the timeline of the story (I can see where they’d be in the movie – lol) or are just particularly haunting.
Lana del Rey – Dark Paradise – This is Ever’s song. I think this song is dark and hopeful all at the same time, which is somewhat like Ever.
Black Keys – These Days – This is Toby’s song. I listen to it when I need to get inside his head. His soundtrack is pretty much all Black Keys, all the time, but this song especially. The pain in this song is so Toby to me. He’s got a wall up around him and a chip on his shoulder, but not because he’s a bad guy. He just knows he’s the only person he can depend on.
J Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers – Last Kiss – Frankie’s story wrote (re-wrote) itself because of this song. Originally, way back in first draft mode, Frankie had been a ghost who had been eighteen-years-old when he died in the 1950’s, and for whatever reason, was one of many ghosts stuck in Ever’s home. But one day this song came on – one of my all-time favorites, by the way – and the story rewrote itself. I could see Frankie and Ever in their last moments together after the car accident – both deeply in love with the other and unwilling to speak the words, even when facing death. I revised and rewrote, and Frankie’s story was told. So this will forever be Frankie’s song.
Helen Jane Long – Porcelain (Instrumental)
Blue Foundation – Eyes on Fire – Without a doubt, this is Ariadne's Song. I know, I know, this is a song that everyone and their mother already know because of TWILIGHT. But it is so Ariadne to me. She’s conniving and confident and I just think this song fits her so well. And frankly, this song is badass.
Jewel – Foolish Games
Black Keys – Too Afraid to Love You
Lana Del Rey – Kinda Outta Luck
Peter Hollens – Sleepwalking
Mumford and Sons – I Will Wait – This song always reminds me of Frankie’s unwavering love for Ever – even when she’s making choices that are not in his favor, he loves her still.
Bliss – A Last Meeting (Instrumental)
Jason Mraz – I Won’t Give Up
Elisa – Dancing – Frankie and Ever’s Song. My critique partner introduced me to this one and WOW. What a beautiful, haunting song.
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