Finding Inspiration in Music with Lisa Brown Roberts



Like many authors, I create playlists for my novels. I choose music based on lyrics, or melody, or the mood the song evokes that somehow connects to the characters, plot, or setting. I then listen to the playlist every time I write, and through some sort of magical creative process the two become entwined- music and story, story and music.


On a practical level, this is helpful when I’m squeezing in short writing sprints. I listen to my playlist and bam- I’m in the story zone. On a nostalgic level, sometimes I’ll hear a song from the playlist of a book I wrote years ago and immediately be swept back into how I felt as I wrote that novel. Bittersweet.


Without further ado, here are some highlights for the playlists for THE REPLACEMENT CRUSH and THE BOOKWORM’S LEAST LIKELY BOYFRIEND. Both of these playlists feature songs that actually play a part in the novels.



Viva La Vida – 2Cellos

Call It What You Want – Foster the People

Silly Love Songs – Wings

Geek in the Pink – Jason Mraz

Somebody to Love – Queen

Stuck on You – Michiko



Daylight- Sunny Levine

Summer Thing – Afrojack

My Own Worst Enemy – Lit

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough- Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

Good Vibrations – Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch and Loeatta Holloway


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2017 Athena Award for Excellence in Young Adult & New Adult Fiction Finalist
2017 Aspen Gold Readers Choice Award for YA Fiction

True love can’t be strategized.

After book blogger Vivian Galdi’s longtime crush pretends their secret summer kissing sessions never happened, Vivian creates a list of safe crushes, determined to protect her heart.

But nerd-hot Dallas, the sweet new guy in town, sends the mission and Vivian’s zing meter into chaos. While designing software for the bookstore where Vivian works, Dallas wages a counter-mission.

Operation Replacement Crush is in full effect. And Dallas is determined to take her heart off the shelf.






Award-winning romance author Lisa Brown Roberts still hasn’t recovered from the teenage catastrophes of tweezing off both eyebrows, or that time she crashed her car into a tree while trying to impress a guy. It’s no wonder she loves to write romantic comedies.   Lisa’s books have earned praise from Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and the School Library Journal. She lives in Colorado with her family, in which pets outnumber people. Connect with Lisa at

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