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June 3 question: Writer's have secrets! What are one or two of yours, something readers would never know from your work?
What readers would never know from my work:
My book, Incense and Peppermints, is a work of fiction. However, incorporated into the story are factual events. Things that happened to me and to the world. It takes place in 1969. It was a wild age when the United States had begun pulling out of of the Viet Nam War. Endless protests, hippies, Woodstock, drinking and drugs, which I'd remembered quite well, even though I was not yet a teen myself at that time. Also, there was a music revolution, and the songs mentioned are tunes that I remember well, and love to this day.
What writer's secrets are you holding onto?
'69 would've been an amazing time to be alive. I love the title of that book.ReplyDelete
Thank you Lynda.Delete
I was a kid in the 60's too. I always wished I was over 18 so I could have participated more in the protests. That's an awesome title.ReplyDelete
Me too! I was even too young to see the Woodstock movie back then.Delete
It was one heck of a year. Don't forget landing on the moon.ReplyDelete
Yes! And that is mentioned in my book too!!!Delete
Intriguing! There are so many incredible songs from that time!ReplyDelete
I think so!Delete
I like the sound of your story. A blast from the past, heh. :-)ReplyDelete
Anna from elements of emaginette
Exactly! How I remembered it.Delete
Goes to show that our experiences make their way into what we write in one form or another. The 60's was before my time, but what a time it must have been! :)ReplyDelete
I was quite young, but I remember it well.Delete
I like the way you used your knowledge of the time to write your novel. It's a great book!ReplyDelete
Awww...thank you, Tyrean!!Delete
I think we all do.ReplyDelete
I wasn’t even born in 1969 and I am from the Netherlands, not the USA. However, sometimes I wished I wass born earlier so I could’ve witnessed this great revolution. I took part in some protests in the early 2000s, but they weren’t nearly as massive as those in the ‘60s.ReplyDelete
I never did protest, I was way too young. But I do remember all the TV coverage of them.Delete
Slipping in factual events is fun.ReplyDelete
My brother graduated high school in 69' a crazy time for sure!ReplyDelete
Yes, it was.Delete
I love books that draw on history in the telling of the story.ReplyDelete
I remember the time well. The music was awesome. But coming from a family with two uncles serving in Viet Nam, it wasn't all "flowers in your hair" at our family gatherings.ReplyDelete
Absolutely!!! It was a time of division, like now...Delete
Love learning this tidbit about I&P!ReplyDelete
I believe it's historically correct from a young girls standpoint..Delete
Oh yes, I remember those times. In '69 with the civil rights protests, at the same time, the USA sent up a rocket for a history making walk on the moon. So similar to this time right now. Your book will be added to my TBR list. JQ RoseReplyDelete
Interesting! I was wondering if some of this came from your own experiences. How neat.ReplyDelete
Nice that you could incorporate some of your own memories into your work!ReplyDelete
I remember seeing reporters on TV asking Nixon questions. I was 5 years old at the time. My father (RIP) was working on his doctorate and he took me with him to his study session with the other T.A.s from the English department. I was bored out of my mind, but the scene on TV fascinated me even though I didn't really know what was going on.ReplyDelete
~Cie from Naughty Netherworld Press~
Sounds interesting. Like you, I was almost a teenager in '69 (I turned 13 in January 1970), so I have a lot of memories of turmoil of the end of that decade.ReplyDelete
I remember that time well. So scary I didn’t watch tv much. Songs evoke memories and emotions of the time.ReplyDelete
My sister took her two little kids (four and five) to one of the peace marches back in the 1960s. She turned around when she saw demonstrators coming towards her, covered in blood. I never went, too busy working my way through college, but the music inspires me even today. Lovely memories.ReplyDelete
How wonderful that you were able to incorporate your own memories into your story. That makes it so much more personal. Great music back then. Lori at https://lorilmaclaughlin.com.ReplyDelete
I ran out of my teenage years in 2017!ReplyDelete
The 60's (according to my literary classes in college) seemed like an era at a loss of identity... is that a wrong assumption? I once found a surplus of blurry vintage film from the early sixties of rogue runaway teenagers talking about their pasts as well as their hopes for the future. The filmmaker said he always wondered what ever happened to those kids and where they are today...