How in the world did you come up with that idea? Suspense writers are often asked this question. I found it was no different for me after my debut novel, Misconceptions, released in January of 2016. I can’t answer for every author, but I can share two ways that have worked for me.
The first method is motivated by the plot. I ask myself, what would happen if? The story develops from there. While on touring Mammoth Caves in Kentucky, the guide turned the lights off. During this time, it was so dark in the cave you couldn’t see your own hand in front of your face. After they turned the lights back on my husband said, “Wow, that was really amazing.” I replied back, “Yeah, you could kill someone, and no one would see who did it. The tag line could be, 120 witnesses, and no one saw a thing.”
The second method I use is character driven. I’m standing in line at the grocery, and I see a strange looking man enter. His every move has a purpose to it, and he methodically makes his way through the store. My mind immediately starts churning. Who is this person? What is his story? Airports and coffee shops are a great place to people watch and take notes on interesting people.
Colleen Scott, a Castle Gate Press author, is an active mother and wife. She keeps busy homeschooling her children, directing plays for the local homeschool group, and playing endless fetch with her border collie. When not writing, Colleen enjoys reading, going for long walks and spending time with her family and friends. She lives in the Midwest, and Misconceptions is her debut novel. Learn more about Colleen at ColleenScottfiction.com