How do I get ideas? They are all around me. Often they come from rabbit trails in research I’m doing for something else. For instance, I recently wrote a blog post for Heroes, Heroines and History about Dorothy Arnold, a young socialite who disappeared in New York City in 1910. (Link to blog: http://www.hhhistory.com/2017/10/wheres-dorothy.html) Dorothy’s case has never been solved, but during the lengthy investigation, several theories were put forth. Among them were these five:
1. She had run away with a boyfriend.
2. She had been kidnapped (and/or murdered) the same day she disappeared.
3. She had deliberately vanished to escape her overbearing family and pursue a career.
4. She had gone for an illicit abortion and died from complications.
5. She had committed suicide in a secluded place.
More than a hundred years later, no one knows what happened to Dorothy. Did she change her identity and live out her life under a different name? Could she have been injured and had amnesia? Was she sold into sexual slavery? Nobody knows. But any one of the above possibilities could provide a plot for a novel. Look around you. Read. Listen. Think. How could a story in today’s news have ended differently? What if someone you know had made a different choice at some point in his life? Do you have a story to tell? The House Next Door The charming stone house next door is for sale! How could there be a down side to that? As his wife Jennifer’s due date approaches, Captain Harvey Larson decides to invest in real estate, unaware of the terror this will cause his family. The neighboring house seems ideal for Jennifer’s brother Jeff and his wife. A hidden cupboard isn’t so bad—in fact, it’s almost fun to try to solve the little mystery inside it. But the unexpected bonus some workmen find is an entirely different matter. Will any of Harvey and Jennifer’s loved ones want to live next door after they learn what’s in the basement? At last Jennifer’s baby arrives, and Harvey takes a little time off as his squad keeps plugging away on the murder case. The men of the Priority Unit might be wasting their time, trying to prove one dead man killed another. Or is the murderer still alive and ready to strike again?
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About Susan: Susan Page Davis is a Maine native now living in western Kentucky with her husband of 41 years, Jim, who is a retired news editor. They have six children and ten grandchildren. Susan has published more than 70 novels, mostly in the Christian romance, historical romance, mystery and suspense genres. She’s a winner of the Carol Award, the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, and the Will Rogers Medallion.
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