Music & Me: Patricia Gibney
What are your earliest musical memories?
I must pre-empt all this with the fact that I am not a great music person. My sister, Marie, is the musical one in our family!
But I do recall my grandmother playing the accordion. As a child, I used to visit her in Roscommon, and I can remember sitting by the open hearth with a turf fire while she played, and being fascinated by the speed of her fingers up and down the keys. I couldn’t understand how she could extract such beautiful music from what was a basically a ‘box’.
Who or what were your musical influences growing up and why?
I had a little transistor with the dial twisted round to the ‘pirate’ radio stations! I remember listening to Radio Luxemburg at night under the bedclothes. I grew up with the disco and rock generation in the 70’s. I loved Bay City Rollers, Smokie and the Bee Gee’s. And of course, Eagles, Meat Loaf, Queen, U2 and Status Quo.
Does music influence your writing?
Not really. As I said I never played music (despite a dismal time trying to learn the accordion and tin whistle). I was a reader and I think books influence my writing more than music.
Do you listen to music while writing, editing, etc.?
I love silence while I write. The only time I will listen to music while writing or editing is when someone outside decides to strim a hedge, cut a lawn or use a power hose. Then I will put on noise reduction headphones and listen to meditation music. The album I have on my phone is Ahuna: Music for Yoga, Meditation and Relaxation. I also listen to it while flying as it drowns the sound of the engines because I hate flying!
Is there one particular novel or piece of writing you wrote that was directly influenced by a piece of music?
Not that I can recall; unless something crept in through my subconscious mind.
What music are you listening to at the moment?
The sound of my fingers clicking on the keyboard. A flashback to my granny’s fingers flying up and down the accordion keys.
Musically, what’s your guilty pleasure (or is there such a thing)?
I love listening to One Direction while out walking! Niall Horan is from my home town of Mullingar and I took an interest in One Direction during the XFactor, because of Niall. I love the beat of the music the band produces and it helps my pace while walking. Or maybe One Direction just take me back to my Bay City Roller days! (Really showing my age with this questionnaire).
Patricia Gibney is the author of the bestselling Lottie Parker series. Book 6 in the series, FINAL BETRAYAL, is released on April 18.
Derek Flynn runs Writing.ie's SongBook blog, and is an Irish writer and musician. He has a Masters in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin. He’s been published in a number of publications, including The Irish Times, and his fiction was featured in 'Surge', an anthology of new Irish writing published by O’ Brien Press with the aim of showcasing “the very best of the next generation of Irish authors”. Online he can be found at his writing/music blog – ‘Rant, with Occasional Music’ – and on Twitter as @derekf03