The playlist of music in my novels, 2018

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A couple of years back a reader asked for a playlist of music mentioned in my novels. It’s time for an update. Here’s the 2018 playlist.

Into the Black Nowhere

  • Chris Stapleton, “Midnight Train to Memphis”
  • Beyoncé, “Freedom”
  • Gary Clark Junior, “Numb”
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan, “Pride and Joy”

UNSUB

  • Gary Clark Junior, “Don’t Owe You a Thang”
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan, “Little Sister”
  • Jerry Jeff Walker, “Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother”
  • The Chieftains, “Mo Ghile Mear” (Our Hero) (with Sting & Anúna)

Phantom Instinct

  • Taking Back Sunday, “What’s It Feel Like To Be a Ghost?”
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Give It Away”

The Shadow Tracer

  • Sarah McLachlan, “In the Arms of the Angel”
  • Foo Fighters, “Wheels”

Ransom River:

  • Radical Face, “Welcome Home”
  • Florence & the Machine, “Dog Days Are Over”
  • Led Zeppelin, “Stairway to Heaven”
  • Foo Fighters, “Long Road to Ruin”
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Sweet Home Alabama”

The Nightmare Thief:

  • Frank Sinatra, “Come Fly With Me”
  • Kings of Leon, “Sex on Fire”
  • Beyoncé, “Crazy in Love”

The Liar’s Lullaby:

  • “Bull’s-eye”
  • “After Me”
  • “The Liar’s Lullaby” (these three by Meg Gardiner/Paul Shreve, performed by Definitely Arson)
  • “Amazing Grace”
  • Shakuhachi — The Japanese Flute
  • Alabama 3, “Woke Up This Morning” (The theme song from The Sopranos)

The Memory Collector:

  • Slipknot, “Psychosocial”
  • Incubus, “Sick Sad Little World”
  • Foo Fighters, “The Pretender”
  • The Killers, “Mr. Brightside”

The Dirty Secrets Club:

  • The All-American Rejects, “Dirty Little Secret”
  • Mahler, Symphony No. 5 in C Sharp Minor
  • Cheb Mami, “Mamazareh”
  • Los Lobos, “The Wreck of the Carlos Rey”
  • T-Rex, “Bang a Gong”
  • Gipsy Kings, “Chan Chan”

Kill Chain:

  • Ray Charles: “Sinner’s Prayer,” “You Win Again,” “Losing Hand,” “Unchain My Heart,” and “Hit the Road, Jack”
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Can’t Stop”
  • Willie Nelson, “Georgia on My Mind”

Crosscut:

  • John Coltrane, A Love Supreme
  • Patsy Cline, “Crazy”
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Bad Moon Rising”
  • Trisha Yearwood, “How Do I Live”

Jericho Point:

  • Toby Keith, “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue”
  • Run DMC, “Walk This Way”
  • Beethoven, Ode to Joy
  • Aretha Franklin, “Chain of Fools”
  • Bruce Springsteen, “The Rising”
  • Dixie Chicks, “Long Time Gone”
  • Mary Chapin Carpenter, “Jubilee”
  • Bruce Springsteen, “She’s the One”

Mission Canyon:

  • The Supremes, “Stop! In the Name of Love!”
  • Jimi Hendrix, “Voodoo Chile”
  • Puccini, Tosca: “Vissi d’arte”

China Lake:

  • Eric Clapton, Crossroads
  • Steppenwolf, “Born to Be Wild”
  • Jimi Hendrix, “All Along the Watchtower”

(Photo: Every Time I Die, performing at Webster Hall, New York City, July 14, 2017.)

Reddit “Ask Me Anything” March 16th

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On Friday, March 16th, I’m going to be doing a Reddit AMA — Ask Me Anything. There will be a link where people can ask me written questions and I’ll reply. About my books, writing, Jeopardy! the impending squirrel apocalypse — anything.

AMA: Meg Gardiner
Friday, March 16th, 2018
12 Noon Eastern, 9 a.m. Pacific

More details to follow on the 16th!

I’ve been talking… to Texas Monthly, Seattle Review of Books, and more

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As part of the launch of Into the Black Nowhere, I did a bunch of talking. To readers, radio hosts, and magazines. Here’s a roundup. Just in case you want to know more about the novel, or my writing process, or which tunes I listen to when I write. Bonus: click through to enough articles, and you’ll see what I look like when I go axe throwing.

Meg Gardiner’s Dark Past — Texas Monthly

How Author Meg Gardiner Gets Into the Mind of a Killer — Austin Monthly

The Quintessential Interview: Meg Gardiner — Seattle Review of Books

Tracking the Darkness — The Big Thrill

The Kindle Chronicles Podcast

My Creative Mornings talk: Mystery & Storytelling

A while back I gave a talk to Creative Mornings, “a breakfast lecture series for the creative community.” Every month Creative Mornings picks a topic, and groups in 183 cities around the globe bring in local speakers to lecture on it. Earlier, I posted some of the artwork that people drew at the talk.

I spoke to Creative Mornings/Austin on the topic of Mystery. The video of my talk is now online. Here you go.

Question Time 2018: Ask Me Anything

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I’m home from the book tour for Into the Black Nowhere. While I clear my desk and finish the laundry and start writing UNSUB 3, why don’t you think of some questions to ask me? Leave them in the comments on this post.

And I’m editing the post to add: No spoilers!

Before you ask: I snapped the photo above at Interabang Books in Dallas when I spoke there on the tour. It’s a new independent bookstore and yes, I am in love with the place.

Video and podcast with Lisa Gardner

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On Tuesday evening, I spoke at The Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale, Arizona, with Lisa Gardner. The Pen is a legendary independent bookstore, and it was an excellent event. Thanks to everybody who turned up — especially my law school classmates and the reader who drove three hours from south of Tucson to get books signed.

The bookstore livestreamed the event. You can rewatch the stream here.

And beforehand, Lisa and I recorded a podcast. It’s now up. Check out our discussion of Into the Black Nowhere, Lisa’s novel Look for Me, series mashups, dog boot camp, and more. Meg Gardiner & Lisa Gardner. February 6, 2018.

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Many thanks to The Poisoned Pen and its owner Barbara Peters for inviting me to Arizona and for making the event a success.

How a photo inspired Into the Black Nowhere

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In September 2016, as I was just beginning to flesh out ideas for the sequel to UNSUB, I attended Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention. I wrote a post about the photo above, which was taken during the weekend:

Where I get my ideas Part 6 Million: photos

My publisher threw a shindig at Bouchercon in New Orleans. When guests walked in, a Polaroid-style camera was available for everybody to use. This is roughly what happened when I found it.

Me: I love Polaroids! Okay, these are actually mini Fujifilm pics, but I love them!

The Husband: Sure. Whatever makes you happy. I’m just arm candy.

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[photo develops]

Me: Wow. Uh. It looks like something you’d find in a serial killer’s garage.

Journalist friend: And everyone asks, “Who are these people?”

And so my next novel is born. To all involved: Thanks.

(And yes, in the novel, when the cache of photos is found in the garage, the people in them won’t be wearing name tags. But I have to start somewhere.)
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Guess what? I took that joke, and the shiver that underlay it, and used the idea in the novel that became Into the Black Nowhere.

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The lesson: Everything is material. And if an idea worms its way under your skin, pay attention. You never know how, when, or where you might use it.