I was a teenager in the ‘80s, so every time I hear a song from that era, it brings me right back to those days of asymmetrical haircuts, DayGlo sweatshirts, and sneaking into Clash concerts. Since I enjoy writing teen novels, I find that I’m able to get into the teen mindset more easily if I delve into my own memories from that time. I do this by cranking up ‘80s music so I’m back to that age again. Immersed in the memories, my writing then flows with details about the teen experience that I might have forgotten otherwise.