Clyde Barrow: The Boy Who Wrote Bonnie Parker a Doggone Song to Show Her How He Cares

Thursday, June 22, 2017

This week the Debs are talking about music and its impact on our writing and our life.  As Amy said on Tuesday, we like it quiet when we write. No distractions, please (besides kids, social media, and those voices in our heads…). Even though music doesn’t get any billing while I’m writing, I still incorporate music in my writing life–as motivation. Prior to my book deal, almost on a daily…

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The LIMELIGHT soundtrack

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

I cannot, under any circumstances, listen to music while I’m writing. I find it totally distracting, and I can’t concentrate at all, especially if lyrics are involved. It’s way too tempting to sing along. Even classical music is too much background for my mind to handle. I’m definitely not that lady in the coffee shop who is writing while she has music playing through headphones. I wish I could do…

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The Soundtrack for My Writing Life

Monday, June 19, 2017

This week the Debs are talking about music and its impact on our writing and our life.  Music is something that I have always connected with, very deeply, even as a young child. For a time in my life I worked in radio as a DJ, a radio music manager and eventually as an alternative promoter for Virgin Records. I really wanted to be in music, in a terribly desperate…

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Losing Myself in the Past: My Writing Playlists

"Anything Goes" by Cole Porter
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Historical fiction requires a completely different mindset. To lose yourself in another time, it helps to experience it. To write MODERN GIRLS, I needed to block out the twenty-first century and pretend I lived in the first half of the twentieth century. So I immersed myself in the spirit of the 1930s, using every sense I could. I looked at the paintings Dottie sees at MOMA. I listened to music…

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Silence is Golden for Deb Joanne

This week’s theme is music to write by. Uh…truth is, I need quiet to write because, quite frankly, the voices in my head are as much noise as I can handle.  Seems weird, since I do a LOT of other things while I write (e-mail, Twitter, Facebook, compile taxes), but that’s how I roll. End of blog post. No, no, don’t go-I should give you a little something more, since…

Monday, March 12, 2012
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Deb Sarah on Literary Inspiration Through … Music!

We’re talking about mentors and inspiration this week, and while I have had plenty of fabulous and supportive people in my life, my foray into fiction has been very much a solo act, in that other than my husband and a few early readers, I’ve forged on this path without the advice or mentorship of really, anyone. After 10 years of magazine writing and a lifelong love of books, I…

Thursday, February 3, 2011
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