Playlist for A Girl Like That
I don’t listen to music while I write, but I often find inspiration for my books and characters listening to the car radio or watching YouTube videos. While not every song perfectly fits my characters (isn’t it totally epic when that happens?) I often find pieces that work with certain scenes or fit the overall themes of the book.
Here are a few songs that inspired me over the years as I wrote A Girl Like That:
- “Bad Girls” by M.I.A.
There’s a recklessness in this song that I relate to my MC, Zarin. I also like that there are a couple of images in the music video that are very specific to Saudi Arabia—like drifting—and it features several badass women along with M.I.A. If this novel was a movie, I could totally see this as a background intro song.
- “Just Go To Hell Dil” (Dear Zindagi) by Sunidhi Chauhan
“Dil” means “heart” in Hindi and the lyrics fit both Zarin and Porus at different points in the novel.
- “Kaari Kaari” (Pink) by Qurat Ul Ain Balouch
“Kaari” means “dark” in Hindi and the lyrics talk about a night that never ends. This is a pretty dark song specific to certain key scenes in the book.
- “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten
Every dark night comes to an end and this song is all about reclaiming your power, resonating with a pivotal moment in the book.
- “Story of My Life” by One Direction
The lyrics in this song work for both Zarin and Porus—especially during the latter half of the book. I imagine this track playing in the background when they’re in Porus’s car.
- “All of Me” by John Legend
This song is perfect for Porus as he (unlike Zarin) is a total romantic. 🙂
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