character Pronunciation guide
As promised, here is the audible pronunciation guide created by Azariah – an Ireland native and long-time friend of mine – who was so gracious to make this clip for us in order to clarify these beautiful, but sometimes tricky, Irish names.
Names are read in order as they appear in the guide at the back of The Festival of Trial and Ember.
(If the clip isn’t working, try playing it on a desktop and not a phone).
I gathered some of my favorite songs that inspired certain character traits or book scenes, and that kept me sane during the editing process. I’ve listed the songs where I imagined they’d fit as the perfect background music if the book ever became a movie.
This make-shift soundtrack is something you can listen to while reading The Festival of Trial and Ember, and return to any time you like.
Here is the list of songs, with brief descriptions and links to listen/watch on YouTube:
Róisín’s song: Runaway by Aurora
Cináed’s song: Green Eyes by Coldplay (I love this cover version by Lauren Walsh).
Chapter 10: Creep by Radiohead (Kina Grannis cover)
Róisín and Darren’s song: Rising, Rising by Crywolf
Chapters 14-15, Naoise to Róisín: The Night We Met by Lord Huron
Chapters 19-20: Misguided Ghosts by Paramore
Chapter 29, Cináed to Róisín: She Burns by Foy Vance
Róisín and Cináed: Give Me Love by Ed Sheeran
Or have a listen of this live version of Demi Lovato and Ed singing together (I replayed 3:23 to the end on repeat. Chills every time Demi belts out those big notes).
Chapter 34, Storytelling scene: The Queen of Fiji by Crywolf
Chapter 36, Goodbye scene: Burning House by Cam (Emily Ann Roberts cover – this link is her live performance on The Voice because, in my opinion, it’s the most moving version of this song).
Chapter 37: Monster by Paramore
Chapter 39: Do You Remember by Jarryd James
Or have a listen of this cover version by Josie Mann (I love both versions equally).
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