Hi! I’m super excited to kick off the blog tour for the paperback release of This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I am obsessed with the new cover. It looks so very cool, and I think it fits the story really well (especially the underground dance club part because HELLO). Today I am so honored to have an interview with Leila Sales herself for you, as well as two (!) giveaways! I hope you enjoy it!
Title: This Song Will Save Your Life
Release Date: September 17, 2013
Elise Dembowski is not afraid of a little hard work. In fact, she embraces it. All her life, she's taken on big, all-encompassing projects. When she's fifteen, she embarks on the biggest, and most important, project of them all: becoming cool. Except she fails. Miserably. And everything falls to pieces.
Now, if possible, Elise's social life is even worse than it was before. Until she stumbles into an underground dance club and opens the door to a world she never knew existed. An inside-out world where, seemingly overnight, a previously uncool high school sophomore can become the hottest new DJ sensation. Elise finally has what she's always wanted: acceptance, friendship, maybe even love. Until the real world threatens to steal it all away.
q&a with leila sales
Hi Leila! Thank you so much for taking the time to answer these questions. How are you? Are you excited about the paperback release?
Thanks! I’m very excited about the paperback release. I have a lot of guest blog posts coming out as part of this blog tour, and I’m doing some promotional events for the book in California, so there’s a lot going on.
That’s a lot! Okay, what I love most about This Song Will Save Your Life is how original it is. You combine so many different aspects (from bullying to DJ-ing) that all somehow work together really well. How did you come up with the concept?
I’ve spent a lot of time in nightlife and have long wanted to write a story set in that world. It’s a powerful atmosphere with so many fascinating characters. A lot of my stories have come from communities that I have some connection to—for example, all-girls schools for Mostly Good Girls, living history museums for Past Perfect, nightlife for This Song Will Save Your Life.
I love that. Elise loves projects. Have you ever taken on projects like hers? (Big, crazy, probably not the best idea.)
You mean like writing a novel? Yes. When I was a kid I would turn my room into a museum, or open a lending library of my own book collection. Last summer I tried to put a twelve-foot inflatable pool in my backyard. I could keep going. Let’s just say that the novels have turned out better than pretty much any of my other projects.
Fair enough. I love the Start setting. Were you the type of person to sneak out to underground clubs when you were a teenager?
I would have never tried to sneak into a club when I was underage. I would have been way too scared of getting in trouble. When I was a senior in high school, I started going to 18+ concerts and clubs. I always told my parents that I was doing it, though.
This Song Will Save Your Life is all about music. Does music play an important role in your life?
Absolutely! If I love a song I’ll listen to it a million times. And finding a new song to love is, I think, one of the best everyday experiences available.
I definitely agree. When I write reviews, I always add a couple of quotes from the book that I loved and I saw on your website that you also (used to) collect quotes. Is there one quote in particular that means a lot to you?
I love so many quotes it would be hard to choose just one. As you saw on my website, when I was in high school I used to print out a different quote every week and hang it on my locker. When the week was over, I would bring it home and hang it on my wall, so by senior year my entire room was covered in wit and wisdom. This is one I especially like from one of my favorite writers, Oscar Wilde: “If I am occasionally a little overdressed, I make up for it by being always immensely overeducated.”
I love that quote! Finally, I didn’t want to ask the cliché “What is one song that saved your life?” but I do love talking about music a lot, so if you could describe This Song Will Save Your Lifein one song, which song would that be?
“Dancing in the Dark,” by Bruce Springsteen. “You can’t start a fire worrying about your little world falling apart.” Oh, or maybe “At the Indie Disco,” by the Divine Comedy, which I used as This Song Will Save Your Life’s epigraph.
Thank you so much, Leila!
Thanks to the lovely people at Macmillan, I have two giveaways for you guys. The first is of a Songs That Will Save Your Life mix CD, which I’m pretty sure is amazing, and the second is of an ARC copy of Tonight the Streets Are Ours, Leila’s new book that comes out on September 15th. US/CA only!
this song will save your life blog tour
April 2 – Paper Riot
April 3 – The Irish Banana
April 4 – Rainy Day Ramblings
April 5 – Lili’s Reflections
April 6 – The Compulsive Reader
April 7 – Teen Librarian Toolbox
April 8 – The Book Cellar
April 9 – Great Imaginations
April 10 – The Bevy Bibliotheque
April 11 – Jenuine Cupcakes
April 12 – Ticket to Anywhere
April 13 – The Book Addict’s Guide
April 14 – MacTeen Books
April 15 – The Perpetual Page-Turner