I’m occasionally asked what I like to listen to when I write. Well… there’s no easy answer to that.

More often than not, in fact, when I’m creating new fiction, I don’t have any music playing at all. Can you imagine how distracting Metallica would be – try writing a love scene when you’re banging your head or throwing the horns! Try writing ANYTHING when you’re trying not to bounce around the room to ‘80s pop or melting into a puddle of misery listening to Morrissey whinge about how sad life is! No thank you!

But when I’m writing reviews or researching, that’s entirely different.

I’ve spent all of today researching Crowd Funding platforms and marketing to publish my first novel VERY SOON (sign up to my Newsletter to be the first to hear when it goes live in the next few weeks – you’ll find the subscription panel if you click the menu icon in the top left corner of your page), and I’ve had a typically eclectic mix playing.

It’s jumped from Hank Williams Jr to Paul Young, Waysted live, Iggy Pop (the underrated Preliminaires album), an obscure Dogs D’Amour EP, one of Ramones more average late ‘80s offerings (Brain Drain), some Wildhearts, Mike Nesmith and now something from the ever-wonderfully quirky Frank Zappa. I don’t know about you, but now I’m in the mood for some Metallica next!

I can’t say for sure that the music I am listening to affects what I am reading or the notes I’m taking – but I am certain it would if I was writing new words right now. I’m sure trying to write a dramatic fight scene would be harder listening to the soporific tones of literally ANY modern pop music! But the Metallica might be more appropriate and, now that I think about it, a Zappa influence on some of the trippier chapters of my next novel might not even be a terrible thing.

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