One of my favorite parts of writing What Happens Next was jumping back into the 1980s while in Heather’s point of view.
Here are a few of my own memories that came back to me during the writing process:
- Candy low on the shelf of our local grocery store that could be purchased for small coins
- Bikes with banana seats
- Banana clips
- Phone booths
- All the hairspray
- Phones with very long cords
- Recording music off the radio
- Drinking pop from bottles
- Scratch and Sniff stickers
What fun memories do you have from the 80s? Share in the comments.
Congratulations to all the Christy Award winners and finalists!
Novel of the Year:
The Amplify Award:
Anna Rose Johnson
First Novel (tie):
Always a Lady (in A Return to Hawthorne House)
Two sisters discover how much good there is in the world–even in the hardest of circumstances
It is 1952, and nearly all the girls 16-year-old Bertha Harding knows dream of getting married, keeping house, and raising children in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. Bertha dreams of baseball. She reads every story in the sports section, she plays ball with the neighborhood boys–she even writes letters to the pitcher for the Workington Sweet Peas, part of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
When Bertha’s father is accused of being part of the Communist Party by the House Un-American Activities Committee, life comes crashing down on them. Disgraced and shunned, the Hardings move to a small town to start over where the only one who knows them is shy Uncle Matthew. But dreams are hard to kill, and when Bertha gets a chance to try out for the Workington Sweet Peas, she packs her bags for an adventure she’ll never forget.