I am a music lover. Always have been. It’s probably my biggest passion behind writing. I like all genres with the exceptions of modern-day pop, country & dance. My favorite music by far is good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll. Sixties, Seventies, some Eighties, some Nineties. Using music in writing is every bit as important to me as the setting & character description. I chose specific songs to enhance a scene or give the reader a clue to a character’s personality. If you’re familiar with the song or artist, then you will instantly glean a correct impression of that character. In my novel, which takes place between the great musical years of 1964-1977, I set a dinner party scene with John Coltrane’s classic jazz album, “Blue Train”. This gives an idea of intelligence to the character who is being highlighted as well as a sophisticated & relaxed air to the scene. Another hint to personalities is to name a character’s favorite group (John Clark’s is the Allman Bros. while his brother Pete’s favorite album is “Electric Music for the Mind & Body” by Country Joe & the Fish). Music is so important to me & by extension, my characters, that I cannot imagine writing without it.