Listen and Look, Flicker & Burn

Guest post by T.M. Goeglein on “A Dream within a Dream” – Last stop on the official Penguin FLICKER & BURN book blog tour!

I knew a guy once who knew this other guy who, when asked his thoughts on Metallica and Frank Sinatra, shrugged and said, “I don’t really like music.”


That’s akin to asking someone his thoughts on breathing and getting the answer, “I don’t really like oxygen.”

Until then, it never occurred to me that there were people who were not genetically intertwined with music, or movies, or really good TV and theater. It didn’t seem natural and still doesn’t. You blink your eyes, drink some water, and listen to tunes, right?

Right, at least I do, especially when I write. My relationship with music and film informs the rhythm and arc of my stories. A beautifully sung lyric or acted scene can linger with me for years, and may even spark an entire book. When I was writing FLICKER & BURN, I found myself drawn to songs that reflected the predicament of my protagonist, Sara Jane Rispoli. If I had to put a playlist together for the book, it would look something like this –

An important element in the COLD FURY trilogy, especially in FLICKER & BURN, is Sara Jane’s sense of being trapped, and need for escape. I returned to a pair of my favorite movies to feel that experience on screen – The Shawshank Redemption and Catch Me If You Can. Few films combine claustrophobia and urgency in such an intense, entertaining way.

Listen to the music. Watch the movies. Bits and pieces of both live in FLICKER & BURN.

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Posted by T.M. Goeglein on 09/06 at 04:51 PM