Nina D’Aleo wrote her first book at age seven (a fantasy adventure about a girl named Tina and her flying horse). Due to most of the book being written with a feather dipped in water, no one else has ever read ‘Tina and White Beauty’. Many more dream worlds and illegible books followed. Nina blames early exposure to Middle-earth and Narnia for her general inability to stick to reality. She also blames her parents. And her brother.
Nina has completed degrees in creative writing and psychology. She currently lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband, George, their two sons, Josef and Daniel, and two cats Mr Foofy and Gypsy. She spends most of her days playing with toys, saying things like 'share', 'play gentle', and 'let’s eat our veggies' and hearing things like 'no', 'no way' and 'NEVER!'. She is also working on more books – including the next book in the Last City series.
Find out more about Nina at: www.ninadaleo.com
This list was incredibly difficult to write (but cool to think about). I’m one of those people
(which could possibly be everyone else as well) who likes a really wide variety of music. So
here is a random grab of five musical artists that have provided the soundtrack to my writing
and to my life so far…
1. Elton John
Love the guy, hate the guy – whatever – play an Elton song and then play something else,
anything else, afterwards and it won’t sound as good as it would have if you hadn’t just
listened to Elton. I think this is called being Awesome. I’ve read a few – but not many –
writers like this – they’re so good that they ruin your reading life for ages afterwards…
2. Michael Jackson
MJ’s music is in a league of its own. I grew up listening to his songs and dancing to his songs
and being inspired by them. I could write a book about Michael’s music, but instead I’ll just
say more Awesome.
3. Boyz II Men
These guys are the most successful R & B group of all time and their songs always remind
me strongly of my teenage years, and while the memories are filled with awkward and angst,
they’re also a channel for a lot of emotion – so if I want to tap into some raw feelings and
remember what it was like to be a person instead of a zombie cyborg (I have two toddlers)
then it’s Boyz II Men.
4. Nick Skitz
I listen to a lot of dance music and in particular Nick Skitz’s compilations. I come from a
dancing background and still find dancing (for exercise) to be both therapeutic and great for
working up creative energy. (I use the term ‘dancing’ very loosely – as mostly I just jump
around in an uncoordinated fashion and pretend to know Karate)
The original. Mozart’s music traverses time and space to touch directly on the creative spirit.