They say you should write what you know. So much of the foundation of Lullaby is rooted in real-life situations from my own formative years in the 1990s. A huge influencer for this book was The Cure's album Disintegration. Every track on this album reminds me of a particular person, place or moment that was, for me, monumental.
I like to think that this is Ethan's favorite album in the same way, that it's the one he goes back to when he's down or just needs time to think and reflect on his life. Music is hugely important for Ethan, and this album is his Holy Bible, in a sense.
A few people have commented to me that my novel might feel more current if I ditched references to certain musical artists, but it's just impossible for me to do that. Ethan just wouldn't be Ethan if he hadn't grown up listening to punk rock and bands like The Cure, Pearl Jam, The Smiths, etc. As time goes by, I'll share other music that aided me in the writing of this novel, some of which was much more current but still fit the mood of the story. I promise, it enhances the reading of this book to play the songs!