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Blame It On Abba


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As a child, Lisa’s burning desire to sing was extinguished by a school choir teacher, who convinced her she didn’t have what it takes.

Twenty-three years later, an unexpected brush with the stage re-awakens her singing dream, catapulting Lisa, now 32, on a bold quest to chase the music career she thought she’d never have.

Within just six years, Lisa’s step by step action and razor-sharp focus takes her from closet-karaoke-singing-salesperson to professional musician and recording artist, sharing the stage with Sir Elton John and Eric Clapton.

Talk about a radical reinvention. At 32, it might not seem like a late-life change but, as she discovers, thirty-something is considered well and truly over-the-hill by the urban radio programmers, venue bookers and record industry execs who held sway over what we — the listening public — get to hear. It takes every bit of business savvy, grit and determination from her past life as a salesperson to achieve success.

But the journey to success is a struggle. Now a mother of two young children, Lisa battles with the balance between motherhood and music. Relationships are tested, guilt sets in and finances are stretched. The dream she’s worked so hard to realise is fast becoming a nightmare, spinning rapidly out of control.

What if this life that she has worked so hard to create, has all been a big mistake?

Blame It On Abba is an uplifting story of courage, triumph and self-discovery. It contains practical advice, inspiration and truths for anyone wanting to make a living from their art, or who wants to kick start a dream that’s been waiting in the wings for far too long.

“A warm, entertaining and often enlightening read that will have you cheering Nimmo on – while shaking your head at some of the sh*t she deals with. Recommended especially if you’re thinking of quitting your own day job to live a dream — you might come away with a few useful tips and hints as well as an honest appraisal of what it truly takes.”   Dionne Christian, NZ Herald

“A charmingly honest tale of bravery, determination and achievement. As easy reading, fun and inspiring journey.”  Richard Thorne, NZ Musician

“Compelling reading, huge heart, actual honesty. A great story. A real story.”  Simon Sweetman, Off The Tracks


Lisa Nimmo is an author, poet and mum of two teenagers, based in Wellington New Zealand. To receive more poems like these direct to your inbox, enter your details here: