This summer I’ve been working on the third book in my Music Box Series. This one takes place in 1977, when Ethan (a baby in the second book, Someone Like You) has grown up and decides to search for the birth mother he’s never known. Along the way he meets the irresistible Tess.
Writing about the 1970s has been fun. Researching earlier decades was a challenge, but I have many fond memories of growing up in the 1970s, so it’s not hard to put together an accurate picture of what life was like then. Sometimes I long for the days when everyone wasn’t glued to their cell phones, and we played board games rather than video games.
Some things I remember from the 1970s:
- shag carpeting
- orange, brown and avocado everywhere
- macramé wall hangings & god’s eyes
- a profusion of houseplants
- rotary-dial phones with coiled cords
- my dad’s plaid pants
- my mom’s blouse with a print of a centaur being stabbed with a spear (what was she thinking?)
- collecting Smurf figurines
- flipping through card catalogues at the library
- beef fondue, of course!
- Shaun Cassidy
- Grease and Star Wars at the movies
- Lots of great TV shows (Three’s Company, Alice, Dukes of Hazzard, Starsky & Hutch, Wonder Woman, Bionic Woman, Donnie & Marie) and having to get up off the couch and turn the dial to change the channel!