Author Spotlight: Music Meets Romance in New Book by Erin Hahn

‘More Than Maybe’ follows the lives of music lovers Luke and Vada as they are figuring out their ambitions while navigating their own feelings for each other.

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There are so many new releases this summer that are guaranteed to keep you entertained. A new release and real favorite of mine is the young adult romance, More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn. More Than Maybe follows the lives of music lovers Luke and Vada as they are figuring out their ambitions all while they are navigating their own feelings for each other. I think the thing that makes this book so special is the music. Both characters are such lovers of music, it is almost refreshing to read about their love and appreciation that they have for the art. I absolutely  adored this book and I think that any music and romance lover would. I was lucky enough to get to ask Hahn about her writing process and what motivated her work.

 

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Music is such an important part of More Than Maybe, did you always want to write a book that revolves so heavily around it?

Absolutely! I grew up in the heyday of brilliant movie soundtracks… Empire Records, Clueless, Romeo & Juliet and American Pie, to name a few. The movies were all fine on their own, but the soundtracks were stellar and I’ve always, always wanted to write a book with its own soundtrack to emulate those. It was like the ultimate challenge for me: to make a relevant music nerd love story with a killer soundtrack. I’m so proud of the result!

Are Vada and Luke’s taste in music influenced heavily by your own taste of music? How did you decide which music you wanted to include?

Yes and no. I’m a bit older than Luke and Vada, so it wouldn’t make sense for their taste to be too influenced by mine. However, I did influence Charlie and Phil’s music taste, since they are both from my generation or older, and I do feel like parents influence their children’s early music taste. So in a convoluted way, I suppose there’s some of me in Vada’s opinions.

It was super important to me to cross genres and age groups with the music in this story. I wanted there to be something for everyone to relate to just as much as I hoped to introduce some new (or new to you) artists through Luke and Vada’s eclectic tastes. Every character had their own playlist in my mind as I wrote. Charlie Greenly was 80s and 90s punk, Phil Josephs was 90s garage grunge, Luke’s twin brother Cullen is glam rock and Vada’s bff Meg is folksy Christian. Luke and Vada pull from all of those influences and I worked really hard to make sure I gave them all equal time on the page.

That said, I will admit that *I* personally feel Adam Duritz, the lead singer of Counting Crows, is one of the best song writers of all time.

 

 

Which character, Vada or Luke, did you find yourself relating more to?

Mostly Vada. I danced for 11 years, growing up and certainly found my emotional release through music and body movement. I also grew up too quickly and held onto a lot of responsibility (and lots of jobs) as a teen. I related to the way Vada found herself in lyrics and music… I used to collect notebooks of song lyrics and obsessively researched musicians and the stories behind songs as a teen, though I never dreamt of working for Rolling Stone. Vada’s far more ambitious than I was.

Did you draw from any of your own experiences when writing their storylines?

I think authors always put a tiny piece of themselves into their characters, and I’m no exception. I’ll just say this: Marcus is not based on a real person, but Vada’s relationship with him is inspired by my reality.

Which character was the most fun to write about/develop?

I had a lot of fun writing Luke’s dad, former British punk rocker Charlie Greenly. What do punk rockers do when they retire? When they’re just dads? When their kids become adults and don’t listen to them anymore? And I loved the flirting between him and his wife, Iris. They were lovely to imagine.

What is your favorite song that you mention in More Than Maybe?

Oh no. This is like picking a favorite child. I’ve always loved the first song Vada sends Luke, sending him into this adorable existential crisis… Thank You by Led Zeppelin.

Who is your favorite artist that you mention in More Than Maybe?

I mean. I didn’t write an entire book just to shout about Adam Duritz because that would be ridiculous, but it’s definitely a perk to see so many readers referencing the genius in Anna Begins.

 

 

Do you have any books currently in the works? Is there a certain genre that you would like to write about in the future?

I do! I’ve just turned in my third YA romance, a spin off following Vada’s best friend Meg, titled “Never Saw You Coming” due out in the fall of 2021! I have another YA romance following that, but it’s still in the day dreaming stage as it’s not coming out until 2022.

This summer, I’m also playing around with some adult romances. YA holds my entire heart right now, but it’s been fun to experiment and challenge myself! I’d love to write love stories for all ages one day!

Vada is a very strong female character that really knows what she wants, did you know you wanted to write a book with such a character?

Hell yes. It makes me so happy you recognized that about her. I admire Vada so much! Vulnerable boys and strong girls are my jam.

Finally, what are some of your all-time favorite books?

Goodness.

Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno

Date Me, Bryson Keller by Kevin Van Whye

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

 

You can all get your hands on a copy of More Than Maybe when it is released July 21! I hope that you all love it as much as I did!

 Feature image via st. martins press//Hahn twitter