Author Guest Post: How the Light Gets In

I am so excited to have Katy Upperman on the blog today sharing a playlist inspired by her latest novel, How the Light Gets In! I adored reading Katy’s debut Kissing Max Holden (read my review) and I can’t wait to pick up her third novel, which is part paranormal! So without further ado, here’s Katy!

How the Light Gets In Playlist 

I’m thrilled to share How the Light Gets In’s playlist – thanks so much for having me on your blog, Jordan!

I make playlists for all my books, but I don’t listen to music while I’m writing. I do listen pretty much any other time—while I’m driving or cleaning or cooking or exercising. When I’m working on a new story, part of the early brainstorming process includes curating a playlist, one I’ll continue to add to right up until the book is done. I choose songs for their lyrics, their rhythm, their mood, or because they’re mentioned in the story (like Pearl Jam’s Better Man, in HTLGI’s case). I like when my playlists feel like an accessory to their book, like a soundtrack that follows the highs and lows of the story. I hope that’s the case with HTLGI’s playlist, which is below.

If I Die Young by The Band Perry
High by James Blunt
Issues (acoustic) by Julia Michaels
Like Real People Do by Hosier
Long Road to Forgiveness by Jason Mraz & Brett Dennen
Better Man by Pearl Jam
Blue Ain’t Your Color by Keith Urban
Tell Him by Ms. Lauryn Hill
Slow Hands (acoustic) by Niall Horan
Satellite by Dave Matthews Band
My Eyes by Blake Shelton & Gwen Sebastian
I Choose You by Sara Bareilles
Today by The Smashing Pumpkins
A Broken Wing by Martina McBride
What I’d Give by Sugarland
Perfect by Ed Sheeran
Beautiful Girl by INXS
Pumped Up Kicks (acoustic) by Foster the People
All Too Well by Taylor Swift
I And Love And You by the Avett Brothers
Soul Meets Body by Death Cab for Cutie
Into the Mystic by Van Morrison

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About How the Light Gets In

Release Date: August 6, 2018
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Since her sister’s tragic death, seventeen-year-old Callie Ryan has basically given up. Her grades have plummeted, she’s quit her swim team, and she barely recognizes the people her parents have become.

When she returns to her aunt’s run-down coastal Victorian one year after Chloe’s death, Callie resigns herself to a summer of guilt and home renovations. She doesn’t expect to be charmed by the tiny coastal town or by Tucker Morgan, a local boy brimming with sunshine.

But even as her days begin to brighten, Callie’s nights are crowded with chilling dreams, unanswered questions, and eerie phenomenon that have her convinced she’s being haunted. Will Callie be able to figure out what her sister is trying to communicate before it’s too late?

About Katy Upperman


Katy Upperman is a graduate of Washington State University, a former elementary school teacher, and an insatiable reader. When not writing for young adults, Katy can be found whipping up batches of chocolate chip cookies, or exploring the country with her husband and daughters. KISSING MAX HOLDEN is her debut novel; THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF US is her sophomore novel; and HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN, will be available summer 2019.

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