Steven Scaffardi is the author of the Sex, Love and Dating Disaster series. His first novel, The Drought, is the laugh-out-loud tale of one man’s quest to overcome the throes of a sexual drought. After the stormy break-up with his girlfriend of three years, Dan Hilles is faced with the daunting task of throwing himself back into the life of a single man. With the help of his three best pals, Dan is desperate and determined to get his leg-over with hilarious consequences!
Soundtrack for The Flood
Yesterday the Lad Lit Blog Tour was at the Food For Bookworms blog where I explained that over the last six weeks, a few bloggers had asked me about my writing habits. I have mentioned previously that music plays a big part in coming up with ideas, and I normally try to create a soundtrack for my books.
Yesterday I revealed five of the songs that made the playlist for The Drought, and today at Allie’s Opinions I wanted to tell you about five songs that inspired me to write certain chapters and storylines in my new book, The Flood.
This is an exclusive for Allie’s Opinion’s as I have not written or said this list out loud to anyone else before!
The Flood by Take That
This is probably an obvious one! The title of the book is The Flood, and this Take That song has the same name too. It’s not rocket science! But there is a little bit more to it than just that. As you might remember, this was the first song Take That had done as a five piece for a long time. In The Flood, Dan and his three best friends (Rob, Jack and Ollie) have a new member, Ieuan, join their gang. In a way, that made this song a little more relevant.
In The Air Tonight by Phil Collins
Jack has a bit of an unhealthy obsession with quoting Phil Collins songs throughout the book, although he refers to the former Genesis man as Filth Collins. In the scene where Dan sees Grace again for the first time, Jack uses the lyrics of In The Air Tonight to encourage Dan to make his move, even playing air drums to that famous drum solo from the song. Another Collins number that plays a part in the book comes at the end, when Jack puts Sussudio on the radio.
She’s Out Of My Life by Michael Jackson
One of the main themes throughout the book is Dan’s head and heart going back and forth over Kelly. He can’t seem to make up his mind whether she is the one or not. There is a scene where Dan is trying to explain his feelings to his friends in the pub, and like any group of male mates, instead of taking his words seriously, they decide to take the micky and break out into this Michael Jackson classic.
It Wasn’t Me by Shaggy
At the heart of the story is a drunken bet Dan makes with his best friends that he is capable of dating multiple girls at the same time. Of course, Dan is completely out of his depth, and the fact that he ends up dating a stalker, his crazy ex-girlfriend, the office ice queen, and the one that got away, makes things all the more difficult. As Dan tries to keep the four girls from finding out from each other, this song became the perfect anthem.
Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship
One of the earliest reviews for The Flood came from author Clint Forgy who said: “Funniest bar fight scene in the history of literature. I laughed so hard I woke up my snoring girlfriend.” The scene he is referring to is a chapter where the boys end up in a bar in Nottingham and get themselves into a spot of bother. I won’t give anything away, but this song plays a big part in the bar fight scene…