Fabulous debut author Donnell Ann Bell is here today with a fun post. She’s waaay too modest to tell us about her September release–her first sale!–so I’ll do it for her :). The Past Came Hunting went on sale 9/15 from our very own Belle Bridge Books, so Donnell is one of Deb’s authors. The story was originally titled Walk Away Joe, and was a 2007 Golden Heart finalist (one of two GH nominations Donnell racked up on her road to getting published!) She’s a tireless volunteer for various writing organizations and just an all around terrific person. Can you tell I’m a fan? For more about Donnell see her site at http://donnellannbell.com
I love to read newspapers for possible plot ideas. USA Today is one of my favorites because it covers so many regions. But keep in mind a plot can’t be overcomplicated, and that I write suspense and not fantasy, so the ideas I come up with have to be plausible. What’s more, readers have to buy the scenario. But seriously, sometimes you can’t make this stuff up!
Case in point: One of the articles I read told the story of a runner, who out on her morning jaunt encountered a rather angry fox. During said encounter the fox bit the woman in the foot.
This very smart, brave, thinking woman grabbed the rabid little beast by its neck and then managed to run with it back to her car. (Now the article didn’t depict the entire scene, but can you imagine?)
Once at her car, she tossed the frothing little animal into her trunk and drove to the hospital. When she reached there, she enlisted the help of a security guard. Brer Fox attacked the guard and bit him, as well. Then runner and guard were taken to the emergency room and given rabies vaccinations because our esteemed fox did, in fact, have the disease.
The story reminded me of Blue Moon by Lori Handeland. Her protagonist cop is bitten by a wolf that attacks her at an accident scene. For some reason the protagonist doesn’t turn into a wereworlf, but everyone around her bitten by the wolf does, and that results in Ms. Handeland’s very cool story.
But as I said, I don’t write fantasy. Who knows? Maybe Lori read USA Today, too!
How about you? Have you ever read an actual account and thought, hey, you can’t make this stuff up??? I’m giving away a copy of The Past Came Hunting to one lucky commenter today!