I’m really excited to welcome Julie Shackman to the blog today with a guest post about her debut novel “Rock my World”. I love ’80s music so this is a great post for me 🙂
Rock My World
What do you get if you cross a sexy, arrogant journalist with a charismatic, ghostly 80s rock singer ?
Answer – Quite a headache for my heroine, the blonde, ambitious local reporter Ruby Cameron!
I think it was my love of music, especially rock, which inspired me to write “Rock My World.” Basically, I find it very difficult to write without music playing in the background. I find listening to lyrics very inspirational and they often help to shift the dreaded Writer’s Block!
Songs especially by Stevie Nicks, my favourite singer and Fleetwood Mac, my favourite band, are a particular source of creativity for me, when I sometimes find the words are a bit difficult to access.
In “Rock My World”, I often make reference to some of the big rock anthems of the 1980s. Music for me, like for many other people, is very often a real nostalgia trip, evoking memories which make me smile, cry or laugh. Stevie Vee, my ghostly rock singer, finds comfort in his music, especially when he is caught in such a terrible predicament.
In fact, when I reached the end of “RMW”, I did feel happy and contented at completing my novel – but there was also a tinge of sadness too. I felt as if they had become special friends and it was almost as if I was reaching the end of listening to a favourite song.
It would be great to know that my ghostly romance made people laugh, cry and think about music in a very special and fond way.
Whether it be reading other authors (which I love to do too), listening to music or going for a long leafy walk, I hope you find inspiration in whatever you enjoy doing. I know it’s said often, but please don’t give up on your writing.
Many thanks to Julie for her great post and inspiration, do get in touch with Julie or leave a comment here with feedback on her novel…here’s some more info:
Rock My World is a charming romantic suspense thriller with a paranormal twist
Ruby Cameron is an ambitious reporter for a local paper where she is fed scraps of news, and lives with a man whose “idea of living dangerously is to leave the heating on when we pop out to the shops”. But after catching her squeaky clean boyfriend in flagrante delicto she ups sticks and moves into her own small home, only to discover the ghostly presence of a cheeky rock star who becomes her confidant as the dynamics of her small town, and her feelings about her dashing new boss, begin to throw up more questions than she can answer. Will Ruby discover who she really is, and perhaps more importantly, who she wants to be?
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