A is for…

I’ve taken on the challenge of an A-Z during April – one post each day on a chosen theme. My theme? Books and writing, of course…

A is for Abba

Okay, if you know me you’d also know that I’m a pop music tragic. You might also know that I firmly believe there’s an Abba song for most life circumstances – which is why there’s an Abba song on every single one of my writing playlists.

“I’ve Been Waiting for You” was playing while I was writing Baby, It’s You.

“One of Us” was one of the songs that inspired Big Girls Don’t Cry and “I Wonder” was my Abba song of choice for Wish You Were Here.

I used “Angel Eyes” for I Want You Back? and “When All Is Said And Done” for Book No. 5 (How catchy is that title?)

I’m currently writing See You Again and “Why Did It Have To Be Me?” is on the playlist I’m compiling.

A is for Austen

I fell in love with Jane Austen’s work back in Year 12. We studied Pride and Prejudice for extended HSC English and it was just the start for me. I still try and re-read at least one at least once a year. Sure the stories are set in another age, but the themes? Oh, the themes are current today.

A is for Astrologer

In my spare time, I write astrology. I don’t do the whole crystal ball, navel-gazing thing, but I do work on potentials. I also give each of my main protagonists a star sign. It helps me determine how my characters will react, what motivates them, and gives me some ideas regarding potential points of conflict.

In fact, I presented a talk on that very topic at last years RWA (Romance Australia) Conference. I’ve also blogged it here.

6 Replies to “A is for…”

  1. Haha…I grew up with ABBA as my parents loved them so I do listen to them every now and then. I’m intrigued by a writing playlist; I don’t think I can write with music as I’d be too busy singing along. Instrumental music and background noise is perfectly fine but can’t do songs with lyrics.

    And I love that you use astrology to figure out your characters further. 🙂

    1. It’s funny, often I don’t actually have the playlist going – unless I’m writing a scene that feels like the song…if that makes any sort of sense. When I’m actively writing a novel though, the playlist will be on when I’m in the car, when I’m cooking, whenever. It helps me picture scenes & outcomes. A weird way to work, I know.

  2. Oh Jo – another ABBA tragic like me! They are just so catchy and fun and you can’t help but have a good time when you listen to ABBA. As for Austen – I prefer to watch the movies/mini-series rather than re-read the books, but my daughter is a high school English teacher and she LOVES Jane Austen with a passion.

    1. I love the mini-series as well, but I do love how the story and the characters unfold on the page. Austen’s wit shines through in the words. As for Abba? Yep, we could be kindred spirits. 🙂

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