Thank you Jo, for this lovely invitation.
(So tough though, making the choices!)
When I was six, we went to live in a tiny Victorian railway terrace, with gas lighting (these be ancient times!) and one dark, dripping, cobwebby outside loo, half-way down the garden.
Ooh, the absolute horror of racing out and back in your Winceyette nightie in the dark, before the baddies lurking out there could leap out and grab you!
That was when I started to love the Westerns on our tiny black-and-white TV – that contrast of big sky and open, empty land, stretching out to the horizon. (It probably spawned the idea for my first book, too!)
Wichita Lineman by Glen Campbell still sums up that wide-plains feeling for me.
At eighteen, I started my two-year photographic course in London.The girls I flat-shared with had just spent the summer in America and brought back two LPs by someone I’d never heard of before. To my ignorant ears, his voice sounded a bit like a dog with it’s back leg caught in barbed wire.
(Me:‘Ha, that’ll never catch on!!’)
It was my first introduction to Bob Dylan and later, ‘Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright’
In my twenties, a boyfriend from home introduced me to jazz and Ronnie Scott’s club in London. The atmosphere was always electric and over the years, I saw some wonderful musicians play there.
Telephone Song from Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto brings back the absolute thrill of those early visits.
When our eldest son graduated, he decided to go to San Francisco for further study. The other side of the world! I couldn’t imagine when we’d next be able to see him. Those introductory strains of Tony Bennett and I Left My Heart in San Francisco, always made me boo-hoo, (and sometimes still do!)
During the fabulous 1960s, I worked in London – a time when absolutely anything seemed possible! The style and fashion, the music and buzz of that time all feature in my new WIP.
Aretha Franklin’s – Say A Little Prayer sums up the joy of it all for me.
(I met someone recently who’d saved every single one of the clothes she’d ever bought from Biba! Why didn’t I do that?!)
An only child, June Kearns was always a daydreamer who spent a lot of time staring into space and making things up.
She was brought up by women – grandma, mother, aunts – and it was their influence that made her want to write.
June started seriously after leaving teaching, and winning a national magazine competition for the first chapter of an historical novel.
A founder member of the indie publishing group, The New Romantics Press, she’s published two novels – An Englishwoman’s Guide to the Cowboy and The 20’s Girl – and currently, in a warm corner next to the airing cupboard, is working on a third, set in 1960’s London.
A member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, she lives in Leicestershire, with husband and family.
Facebook: June Kearns
An Englishwoman’s Guide to the Cowboy http://viewbook.at/B009XRRU2M
The Twenties Girl http://viewbook.at/20sgirlkindle