What inspired Farm to Fabre?

I thought it would be fun to share a few things that inspired Farm to Fabre. It started with farming shows. I watched loads of them.

Other inspiration came from the time I spent a child on my adoptive grandparent’s farm. It was a lot different from Andie’s farm in the book. But it did give me an idea for where I wanted to go.

For Doc, I didn’t have to look far for inspiration. My own battles with writer’s block and other struggles came in handy. It was almost cathartic to be able to talk through some of it, even if in fictional form.

Building My 2023 Playlist

Almost every year, I’ve created a writing playlist for that year. Well, maybe not every year, but I’ve frequently done it. I always have a playlist for a book or a book series but my writing playlists are just random and not focused on a particular one.

The general writing playlists usually have more to do with my mood at the moment. I’ve started building my 2023 list so I thought I’d share the first ones to be added.

Easy on Me – Adele
Set Fire to the Rain – Adele
Let’s Stay Home Tonight – NEEDTOBREATHE
Good Life – One Republic
Try – P!nk
Someday – One Republic
Rise – Calum Scott
wish you well – Wrabel
All of Me – John Legend
love is just a word – Jasmine Thompson, Calum Scott
If You Love Her – Forest Blakk with Meghan Trainor

The Farm To Fabre Playlist

  1. Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen
  2. Under Pressure – Queen & David Bowie
  3. Rumour Has It – Adele
  4. Lemon Tree – Fools Garden
  5. Love Again – Dua Lipa
  6. Got My Mind Set On You – George Harrison
  7. Start Me Up – Rolling Stones
  8. Walk of Life – Dire Straits
  9. Friday I’m in Love – The Cure
  10. Killer Queen – Queen

Music I loved in the 90s.

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After a conversation on Twitter with Sasha Devlin about music, I started thinking about the first albums I purchased in my late teens and early twenties.  I had my Discman and a handful of CDs. I used to listen to them as I walked to work.

These are the ones I remember. I’m sure there were others.

  • Matchbox 20
  • Hanson
  • Shakira
  • Roxette
  • Jarabe De Palo
  • Third Eye Blind
  • Tracy Chapman

So, Shakira, Tracy  Chapman, and Jarabe de Palo came from when I moved to Santo Doming at 19 and lived there for two years.  The rest I got when I was 18.

I think I listened to the first Matchbox 20 album at least three times a day. It soothed my angst-ridden soul.

How about you?

What were the first albums you remembered listening to?

The Pierced Peony Playlist

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For most books I write, I have at least one music playlist. I thought I’d share ten of the songs from the Pierced Peony’s list.

  1. Shotgun – George Ezra
  2. A Sky Full of Star – Coldplay
  3. When We Were On Fire – James Bay
  4. I Bet on You – Lissie
  5. The Game – Amy Macdonald
  6. Gloria – Lumineers
  7. Do Right – Wild Rivers
  8. Bottom of the Sea – Sean McConnell
  9. I Know the Way Home – Andrew Galucki
  10. Give Me Something – Callum Scott

The theatre, the theatre…

what’s happened to the theatre?

Bonus points if you know what movie that quote is from.

In Cosplay Killer, Dannel and Osian love the theatre scene. I thought I’d share some of their favourite places.

  1. Drury Lane (Theatre Royal), the oldest London theatre still in use. Dannel believes there’s an energy to the place that transfers to performances.
  2. The Theatre Cafe, a coffee shop not far from their flat that has live performances.
  3. Apollo Victoria Theatre
  4. The West End, in general, with all of the museums and shops, etc.
  5. The Old Vic

Musical Theatre Faves

My two main characters in Cosplay Killer are obsessed with musical theatre. Here are ten of their favourite shows.

1. Hamilton

2. Six: The Musical

3. In The Heights

4. Wicked

5. Only Fools and Horses

6. Matilda

7. Jesus Chris Superstar

8. Little Shop of Horrors

9. School of Rock

10. Rent