5-4-3-2-1: Patrice Lawrence

By Jim Dean, May 26, 2016

We have heard SO MANY amazing things about Orangeboy by the wonderful Patrice Lawrence that we can’t wait to read it! Ahead of its release next week by Hodder Children’s Books, we got Patrice to tackle our 5-4-3-2-1 feature.
 
FIVE songs that sum up the last novel you wrote perfectly

I’ve just submitted an early draft of my second, stand alone book for Hodder. While Marlon in ‘Orangeboy’ inherited funk and soul vinyl after his father died, Indigo, the main female character in the new book loves Blondie. Bailey, the other main character, is a bit of Muse boffin.

‘Rip Her To Shreds’ – Blondie. It was an early single that didn’t really do much, but it’s still relevant. Theme music to play while perusing ‘The Sidebar of Shame’ or stressing out the girl who doesn’t quite fit in.

‘One Way or Another’ – Blondie. Energy and termination when my characters really needed it. Along with flirting. Serious flirting.

‘Songs of Love’ – Divine Comedy. Sounds like a wedding song but is sizzling with cynicism. A great mood setting song for a YA romance. Also the theme tune to ‘Father Ted’. What’s not to like?

‘Into My Arms’ – Nick Cave. Just reading the lyrics makes me want to cry. I wanted to imagine Indigo’s mum singing this to her as a baby.

‘Madness’ – Muse. My favourite Muse song, mainly because I like the digital guitar synth controller on Chris Wolstenholme’s bass. And, it often it felt like I was singing this song to the tangle of words on my manuscript.

 
FOUR relationships you love reading about

Ben and his adoptive son, Todd, in Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking trilogy. There was a time before this book when I could hear the folk song ‘Early One Morning’ without bawling. Not now, alas.

On a similar note, Silas and Nobody in ‘The Graveyard Book’. An orphaned baby adopted by ghosts and guarded by the gaunt caretaker, Silas. I had a totally inappropriate crush on Silas.

Mikey and Ellie in Jenny Downham’s ‘You Against Me’. When revenge turns to love.

Jack and his mum in Emma Donoghue’s ‘Room’. Beautifully described and heart-stopping.

 
THREE books you’d save from a burning bookcase

A little book of love poetry my dad gave me when I was nine. The last few years of his life were tough ones and he died when he was younger than I am now. I didn’t know him that well and the inscription in the book is the only writing I have of his.

Alice Walker’s ‘The Colour Purple’. I’d never heard of her and bought it randomly from WH Smith in Brighton in the late 80s. It definitely changed my world.

‘The Wind in the Willows’. My mum made me read it. I failed the first time, but the second… and the third… The first book that made real pictures in my head.

 
TWO TV shows you can watch all day long (when not busy writing)

‘Ninja Warrior’. Sunday morning. Late breakfast. My daughter and I watching a Japanese fisherman cling from a curtain.

‘Father Ted’. Now watched with nostalgia and sadness, as two of the actors playing the main characters have died. Sweet-natured silliness.

 
ONE item of swag I’d love to see made

A map of Besźel super-imposed on to one of Ul Qoma in China Miéville’s ‘The City & The City’. A crime book built around a compelling central conceit.

What do you think?