I thought it would be fun to think about the theme songs for some of the main characters in my various books. I picked out a few favourites. And, in some cases, songs jumped out at me for those particular characters.
In completely random order.
– Woody (Pure Dumb Luck) – A tie between ‘Humble and Kind’ and ‘Real Good Man’ by Tim McGraw
– Francis (After the Scrum) – ‘All I Want’ by Kodaline
– Elaine (Misguided Confession) – ‘This Is Me’ from The Greatest Showman
– Mac (One Last Heist) – ‘Let Your Heart Hold Fast’ by Fort Atlantic
– Bishan (The Grasmere Trilogy) – ‘Ode to Joy’
– Iggy (Here Come The Son) – ‘Sympathy for The Devil’ by Guns & Roses
– Fie (At War With A Broken Heart) ‘Ring of Fire’ by Johnny Cash
– Ivan (Forged in Flood) – ‘Killing in the Name’ by Rage Against The Machine
– Ivy (Ivy/Blackbird Anthology) – 93 Million Miles’ by Jason Mraz
– Dusk (Found You) – ‘Changes in Latitude, Changes in Attitude’ by Jimmy Buffett
This was fun.
I might have to do it for other characters.
The one word that epitomizes Pure Dumb Luck is fun. Definitely. 100%. Fun.
And I definitely made that decision consciously.
The first two novels I wrote in 2019 were emotionally heavy. One was a nightmare to write from conception to the last word. I desperately wanted/needed to enjoy the process of writing again.
Woody and Eddie are the epitome of a Rom-Com. While writing, I definitely visualized the entire story as a movie. Pure Dumb Luck—coming to a theatre near you—I wish.
Sadly, we’ll have to settle for the written word.
It was lines like this that had me laughing constantly.
“What’s a blowjob on the baseball scale of sex?” Woody followed Eddie down the trail. They had four more miles to go before they hit their first campsite of the hike. “Third?”
“Two balls and a strike .”
There are so many moments in the novella that had me chuckling (and wondering if my editor would make me rewrite them.)
She didn’t, thankfully.
I might’ve had to fight her to keep my precious moments of silly humour together.
Do you love a good Rom-Com?
When I’m writing, I generally have a music playlist (or two), but I’ll also have one for movies and TV shows. Not for every novel, it’s just for certain stories I need a little help getting into the vibe. Pure Dumb Luck was definitely one of those.
I thought I’d share ten of the TV shows that I watched while writing my fun travel rom-com.
And they’re not in any particular order.
- Travel Man (So damn funny)
- World’s Most Dangerous Roads
- Amazing Hotels
- Parts Unknown
- Kindness Diaries
- Stephen Fry in America
- Ugly Delicious
- The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan
- The Layover
How about you? What are your favourite travel-themed TV shows?