For instance, when I was writing Worse Than Boys, there is a chapter where Hannah, the main character, is so down, feels so deserted by her friends that when she opens her mother’s medicine cabinet and sees her mother’s pills, she contemplates suicide. But the thought of how her friends might react to her suicide leads her to realise that she would want to be there to see their shame, their guilt. And that is the moment she determines she is going to stay alive .She is going get them, one by one. She is going to make them sorry. And as I wrote that chapter, in my head I heard the Rocky music, soaring to a heart stopping conclusion.
And all the way through Grass, it was that fantastic music of The Who, which introduces any of the CSI programmes! Throbbing, exciting, fast moving, just the way I wanted the book to read too!