Thursday, March 10, 2016

Story ideas like raindrops from the sky. . .




At one time or another, most authors hear, “Where do you get the ideas for your stories?” Mine come from many sources including:

Old family stories
·        Where Is Papa’s Shining Star? came from a chance overhearing of a hidden family secret
·        Finding Papa’s Shining Star spun off from the first book to tie up all the loose ends
·        Dancing with Velvet evolved from hearing my parents talk about dancing at the Roof Garden of a local hotel, now demolished
·        Four Summer Days came from genealogical research into a story about how my great-grandfather shot and killed his stepfather but was never arrested or tried
·        Return to Morgan’s Mountain spun off from FSD (coming in 2016)
Travel
·        The Showboat Affair was a ‘souvenir’ from a trip to Branson MO and a dinner cruise on The Branson Belle
·        The Face on Miss Fanny’s Wall grew out of a tour of the Visitor Center in Ft. Smith AR. The building had once been part of a row of houses in the red-light district, and there were pictures of some of the former ‘residents’. (No longer available--look for a re-release this summer.)
Local Lore:
·        The Dreamland Series: Lethal Legacy in Dreamland, Desperate Deception in Dreamland, Ghostly Gambit in Dreamland originated in the Ohio Club on Central Avenue in Hot Springs AR--the only existing establishment of a string of nightclubs and casinos once frequented by Al Capone (among others).
Conversations
·        The Penelope Pembroke Cozy Mystery Series:  The Bogus Biker, The Stubborn Schoolhouse Spirit, The Feed Store Floozy, The Possum Hollow Hullabaloo, The Larcenous Legacy, Sam’s Last Stand snowballed from a late-night Skype conversation with a fellow author
Fan-Fiction--Both books were first written as fan fiction for the Big Valley Writing Desk. The Big Valley was a popular western series in the mid-to-late 1960s starring Barbara Stanwyck, Richard Long, Peter Breck, Lee Majors, and Linda Evans.
·        A Very Kate Christmas
·        The Kate Chronicles (coming in 2016-I hope!)

AND. . .
I have files of clippings from newspapers and magazines plus pages of notes taken while people-watching at airports, restaurants, and in other public places. Who knows what story lurks in their depths?

If you see a title which rattles your cage,
follow the links or
visit my website for more information.

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