I was very excited to be contacted by David at Largeheartedboy.com. He asked me to write up a playlist for Numb. It was an interesting and more-difficult-than-I-thought-it-would-be experience. In the end, I’m very happy with the list of songs I came up with, and hope it gives readers another way into the book.
A sample from David’s site:
Ferrell skews celebrity culture throughout the book, and his dark comedy balances well with the various grisly scenes. The author’s true talent is shown in Numb’s complex character and his interactions with others, which often left me far more uneasy than any of the bloody sideshow tricks.
In his own words, here is Sean Ferrell’s Book Notes music playlist for his debut novel, Numb:
Music both motivates and shapes my fiction. It’s known that listening to music that moves you, regardless of the type of music, can alter our emotional state. More than that, I use Pavlovian conditioning to jump-start myself: certain pieces of music make my writing-brain start drooling. It is one of the ways I can take myself from a listless, out-of-writing-shape mindset and into a productive state of mind. And with playlists easily created and edited on the go, I find myself shaping characters and scenes in my iPod before they’re in my laptop.