Spotlight on Frankie (Shivaun Plozza) & Playlist, Plus Giveaway!
Today we're excited to spotlight Shivaun Plozza's book Frankie.
Read on for more about Shivaun and her book, an playlist and enter the giveaway!
Meet Shivaun Plozza!
Shivaun Plozza lives in Melbourne, Australia. Frankie is her debut novel.
~ The Frankie Playlist ~
‘In the background, Elliott Smith sings about love and misery in his whispery, broken-hearted voice: a mournful soundtrack for a mournful mood.’
Let’s start with a confession: I am that girl. The girl who has made a mixtape for every one of her crushes, for every one of her friends, and who, before she starts any writing project, first creates a playlist that captures the tone of what she wants to write (it’s not procrastination, it’s not). So here I am making a mixtape for you, dear random internet person whom I may or may not have a crush on, so that you might get to know a little about my debut YA novel, Frankie.
Be Careful Where You Park Your Car, Cat’s Eyes
If there was ever a song version of Frankie Vega, my angry, smart-mouthed main character, then this is it. This song is about a girl who’s been kicked around and shoved down, but instead of just taking it, the girl fights back (so you’d better watch where you park your car or she’ll key it).
Transmission, Joy Division
I couldn’t make a Frankie mixtape without including Joy Division. Because Frankie is a teensy weensy bit obsessed with Ian Curtis, the lead singer, and they’re her favorite band to rock out to when she needs a release. Plus if you’ve never seen Ian Curtis dance then you are not living your best life.
Shoplifters of the World Unite, The Smiths
This song is for Nate, a sarcastic, annoying burglar who happens to be the only person willing to help Frankie in her search for her missing half brother. I chose it for two reasons: it’s the Smiths (Nate’s a Morrissey fan) but it’s also a cheeky wink at his ‘occupation’.
I Fought the Law, The Clash
Even though I love Frankie and Nate, I have to be honest: they’re not the most law-abiding characters you’ll ever meet. At least Frankie attempts to involve the police when her brother goes missing – it’s not her fault the cops don’t trust her because of her family’s lengthy criminal history. So there’s a fair bit of fighting the law in this book, of trying to prove that everyone – no matter their race, gender or class – is worth caring about.
Can’t Stand Me Now, The Libertines
Who doesn’t go weak at the knees for a love/hate romance? It’s one of my favorite romantic tropes so I couldn’t help but slip it into Frankie. So this punk duet about a complicated love/hate relationship is perfect for Frankie and Nate.
Town Called Malice, The Jam
This song is for the book’s setting. Walk the streets of Collingwood and you are confronted with poverty, homelessness, über-cool coffee houses and a line out of N. Lee’s bakery that stretches half way down Smith Street (best bahn mi in Melbourne – try it and thank me later). You’ll see the construction of swanky new apartment blocks, drug deals in parks, dogs in parks, hipsters in parks and more bespoke kebab shops than might seem reasonable. And yes, there’s a fair chunk of malice, like the song says, but it’s also vibrant and artsy and full of life.
Smells Like Teen Spirit, Patti Smith
When the cover drawing for Frankie first came in, all three of us – editor, publisher and me – had the same feedback: it’s wonderful but can you please ‘Patti Smith’ her hair? She looked – as my publisher pointed out – like she’d just stepped out of the hair salon but we wanted her to look like she’d just stepped off stage after a three-hour punk gig. I emailed a heap of Patti Smith pictures and said: like this please! So I can’t go past including Patti’s gorgeous cover of the Nirvana classic.
These Boots Are Made For Walking, Nancy Sinatra
Frankie kicks around in a pair of scruffy combat boots for most of the novel – what can I say, she has a style. But I don’t think her choice in footwear is just ‘a look’. To me, it says something about her personality – not just her anger, but also her never-give-up-fighting mentality. Frankie’s boots are definitely going to walk all over anyone who gets in her way.
I Wanna Be Adored, The Raveonettes (The Stone Roses cover)
One of the important things for me when creating the character of Frankie was that we got to see glimpses of the vulnerable girl underneath the tough façade. Despite her sharp tongue and violent physical outbursts, she just wants to be accepted and loved. Which is why this Stone Roses cover suits her perfectly.
Hope There’s Someone, Antony and the Johnsons
I mean, if this song doesn’t make you crawl to the floor and weep uncontrollably at the sheer beauty of it, I don’t know what will. The singer (who now goes by the name Anohni) has the voice of an angel and this song is about hoping that there’s someone who will look after you when you’re down, when you’re scared and unsure of yourself. It’s fitting for the end of the book – no spoilers! – and, well, it’s just a beautiful song.
By: Shivaun Plozza
Release Date: November 7th, 2017
Publisher: Flatiron Books
One winner will receive a copy of Frankie (Shivaun Plozza) ~ (US Only)
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