How a photo inspired Into the Black Nowhere

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In September 2016, as I was just beginning to flesh out ideas for the sequel to UNSUB, I attended Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention. I wrote a post about the photo above, which was taken during the weekend:

Where I get my ideas Part 6 Million: photos

My publisher threw a shindig at Bouchercon in New Orleans. When guests walked in, a Polaroid-style camera was available for everybody to use. This is roughly what happened when I found it.

Me: I love Polaroids! Okay, these are actually mini Fujifilm pics, but I love them!

The Husband: Sure. Whatever makes you happy. I’m just arm candy.

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[photo develops]

Me: Wow. Uh. It looks like something you’d find in a serial killer’s garage.

Journalist friend: And everyone asks, “Who are these people?”

And so my next novel is born. To all involved: Thanks.

(And yes, in the novel, when the cache of photos is found in the garage, the people in them won’t be wearing name tags. But I have to start somewhere.)
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Guess what? I took that joke, and the shiver that underlay it, and used the idea in the novel that became Into the Black Nowhere.

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The lesson: Everything is material. And if an idea worms its way under your skin, pay attention. You never know how, when, or where you might use it.

4 responses to “How a photo inspired Into the Black Nowhere

  1. scperkinswriter@gmail.com

    LOVE this! That’s so cool you have an actual photo to show as your inspiration. (Yay, Bouchercon!)

    And you can tell Paul he’s TOTALLY arm candy.

    p.s. Two of my coworkers bought your new book! You have some fans at Northern Trust. 🙂

    Hugs, Steph

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  2. Glad to hear it. Thanks, Steph!

  3. I love where your mind went when you saw your photo. I usually think I just look meh. 🙂 Anyway, started reading the book today. Whoo hoo!

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