Lately, I've been asked where I get my ideas. I usually smile and warn them that they'll be in my next book! I get my ideas from them!
But it's a legit question. Where do we get our ideas? And since Love Inspired Suspense has murder, blackmail and other evil deeds, yes, I'd like to ask us all, "Where do we get our ideas?" I'd hate to think that some of the authors are living these lives!
Yet, often, something sparks our interest. With Deadly Homecoming, a news article talked of one island's residents taking the law into their own hands, forced to it because the police's hands were tied.My most recent submission, not yet accepted, started as I watch a friend suffer with dementia and his wife's difficult decisions. Mix that with a pancake supper at a local maple syrup operation and you have bitter and sweet rolled into one angst filled story.
But now I have several others brewing. A new friend is hoping to buy a house, and we looked at it, and my mind whirled. An old place, full of questions, secrets, even a telescope from the Cold War in the attic. I can imagine a story with a cover like my second LIS book:
And another writer, a friend of mine, Lina Gardiner, told me of a painting she just bought. It turned out to have a secret face in it. Whoa! What if there were more secrets in it?
Life is full of questions. Don't look for the answers. Look for the what-ifs.
Then you'll have a the starts of a story.