Today I am pleased to bring you a guest post from Gemma Halliday for her Deadly Cool blog tour! Each stop features an exclusive guest post from Gemma offering a special look at her own teen years. Make sure to stop by Word for Teens on Friday October 28 for the next stop!
About the Book:
First I find out that my boyfriend is cheating on me. Then he’s pegged as the #1 suspect in a murder. And now he’s depending on me to clear his name. Seriously?
As much as I wouldn’t mind watching him squirm, I know that he’s innocent. So I’m brushing off my previously untapped detective skills and getting down to business. But I keep tripping over dead bodies and I’m still no closer to figuring out who did it. And what’s worse: all signs seem to point to me as the killer’s next victim.
I really need to pick a better boyfriend next time.
Thanks so much for having me here! On this leg of my DEADLY COOL blog tour I’m talking about my life as a teen. Music played a huge role in my life as a teen. I was always involved in music lesson as a child, but it wasn’t until I reached those high school years that I really relied on music as an outlet, both as a musician and as a listener. And I was lucky to grow up in a time where there was a ton going on in the music scene! Hair metal versus grunge versus hip hop versus the underground alternative scene. I loved it all, but I’ll admit to having a few favorites. And those were…
Yes, I had a thing for guys that wore more make-up and hair products than I did. In my defense, Brett Michaels has now resurfaced as cool anew, so they must not have been *that* bad.
Smells Like Teen Spirit was the ultimate teen anthem! And their videos were just as awesome. I had never seen a cheerleader with that many tattoos before in my life.
I know they were a one hit wonder with the acoustic More Than Words, but I swear that just the other day I heard it being pumped into the muzak system while I waited in line at the bank, so it must still be good.
4. Alanis Morisette
She burst onto the scene when I was in my late teen years, but her Jagged Little Pill was the 90s answer to Pink – totally hot girl with a totally fierce attitude. I loved it!
5. Guns N Roses
I’ll admit that when I moved from northern California to Los Angeles by myself at age 19, I drove the entire way down the coast listening to Welcome to the Jungle. It was just too fitting not to.
So what was some of your favorite music as a teen? Any bands that left a lasting impression?
About the Author: Gemma Halliday is the award winning author of the bestselling High Heels mysteries and Hollywood Headlines mysteries. Her first young adult book, DEADLY COOL debuts Oct 11th from HarperTeen. She started writing fiction in 2002 and after winning several awards as an unpublished writer, her career kicked into high gear in 2005 when she won RWA’s prestigious Golden Heart Award. One month later she was offered her first book contract, saving her from adding another dead-end to her eclectic employment history. After stints in Portland and Los Angeles, Gemma now makes her home in the San Francisco Bay Area where she is hard at work on her next book.