If there's one thing we love almost as much as books it's music, so naturally we also love books about music. The Right Track by Harmoy Jones perfectly blends a coming of age tale with some sweet, sweet tunes, and we love this book so much that we're giving you the chance to win a copy along with a $50 iTunes gift card!
Read on for a guest blog post from Harmony Jones.
Okay, so let’s be honest … who doesn’t
want to be a rock star?
Even people with no natural singing talent whatsoever (me!) have been known to stand in front of their bedroom mirrors, belting out the lyrics to a great song, using a hairbrush as a microphone and rocking their best dance moves. Some people even forget occasionally that they’re supposed to be grown-ups and (much to the embarrassment of a certain husband and daughter) actually slip into ‘rock star mode’ in public places (also me).
I guess that’s why writing about Lark Campbell and the Abbey Road boys in The Right Track
was so much fun for me. I liked the idea giving a character two powerful but opposing traits—her great musical gift complicated by an extreme case of stage fright—and then watching her wriggle out of the conflicts that resulted from that clash. Lark may be timid when it comes to performing in front of strangers, but she’s never afraid to express her feelings in words and music. We all have something to say, after all, and we all have a right to say it!
Time to ‘fess up: before I decided to write this book, I knew almost nothing about country music. Pop and rock ‘n roll were always my thing. But because I wanted to make the divide between Lark and her British big brothers as big as possible, I knew she needed to be a country girl. So I did the research, and downloaded tons of music from that genre, going all the way back to the 1950s and right up to the country hits of today.
And guess what … I can now honestly say that I am a fan of country music. In fact, there may or may not be a brand new pair of hand-tooled leather cowboy boots sitting in my closet (thanks for the fashion inspiration, Lark!)
And thanks for reading The Right Track
. Hope you’ll grab a copy of A High Note
, the second book in the Girl Vs. Boy Band series when it comes out next year!
Oops! Gotta go … Taylor Swift just came on! Where’s my hairbrush?
Want to know more? Check out the book playlist on Spotify here
. To win a copy of The Right Track
and a $50 iTunes gift card, leave us a comment and let us know what your favourite musical book is and why. It can be fiction or non-fiction, but needs to have music as a central theme.
** Competition closes 11.59pm AEST on Friday 9 September and is open to Australian residents only. Dymocks employees and their family members are ineligible to enter. **