Novel Ideas: How I Conceive Them

There have been those who have asked me “How do you do it? Where do you get the ideas for your stories?”

Some have assumed that my stories are based upon real events, taken directly from my life or that of others. Or  that I am using writing as the method for working out some sort of pent up frustrations and dark fantasies. 😳

Hmmm. I just want to say:

“No, Margo. Some people actually have an imagination.”😁

But seriously, I do think that for some people the “how” of writing fiction is a genuine mystery. Perhaps the writer’s mind does not function the same way as others – the normals. The whole left-brain vs. right-brain theory, with the right-brain being creative and artistic, and the left being logical.

Or mayhap, I simply conjure stories into being by waving my magic wand over a bubbling cauldron. 💀

Or, even better – as Gnarls Barkley sang: “Maybe, I’m crazy!”

The process of story conception really could be considered a kind of magic. Let me explain how the hoodoo works in my world:

1. Strands of Intriguing Concepts – Generally, these are oneliners that arise from a conversation, a news story, or something I see in public, or a picture, a daydream, or as my brain unwinds when I’m falling asleep. These notions spin around in my head as my imagination considers and chases after the possibilities and what if’s of a story. In this process, which does not require any strain of the brain – my mind is simply wandering in the land of ideas.

2. What is in a Name: On occasion, I have simply, and inexplicably had the name of a character drift into my head. The name often brings to mind a certain appearance of the character, too. When this happens I start to work out the details. Who are they? What is their story? Some of these insistant, pop-up characters have helped to create my favorite stories.

3. The Title Wave: Lastly, there have been a few times when a story title has jumped into my mind out of nowhere. And once again, my mind starts turning it, playing with it, and envisioning the story behind it. In fact, my newest post-apocalyptic romance, which I am currently writing, began just this way!

If you are a writer, you may understand the strange ways by which my stories are conceived. I would be very interested to hear about your unique techniques (or sorcery), as well!

Joan

Book Review: “The Good Kill” -Author Kurt Brindley

Hello Friends.

I was given the opportunity to read “The Good Kill” written by author, Kurt Brindley. I don’t usually do book reviews on this blog, but due to Mr. Brindley generously giving me a copy to review on Amazon, I wanted to share my thoughts with any followers here on WordPress as well.

The book tells a fascinating tale, which follows the story of Killian Lebon, an ex- Navy Seal who dives head first into the dark and dirty underworld of kingpins, killers, drugs and sex trafficking.

This is a gritty read depicting a realistic and disturbing world. I would say this is not for those faint of heart, but then again…it would serve as an eye opener for the masses to realize the tragic truth of these terrible things occurring all over the world. More vigilance and awareness of the sex trafficking trade and drug cartel is needed.

Jumping off my soapbox…

First, a disclaimer: This is not my usual read as far as genre. Aside from that…BOOM! Mr. Brindley blew me away!

I was absolutely drawn into this story right from the beginning. This is a gritty and enthralling novel. Kurt Brindly is a great story teller and provides such knowledgeable detail to make one consider he was there, in this dark and dangerous world, if not experiencing it – then certainly taking serious notes! Incredible. The skilled way he draws us into the mind of each character is not only impressive but keeps the reader even more captivated by the story. The character development is outstanding. The dialogue, which some authors struggle with, I found to be very natural and realistic.

As far as the character becoming addicted to heroin so quickly and completely, as one reviewer mentioned with doubt , – I say YES, absolutely realistic.

The writing flow is very smooth and an enjoyable experience. When I was not reading I was thinking about getting back to this book, asap. Certain characters and storylines haunting me, calling me back. I don’t want to give you too much detail, and blow individual experience.

The subject matter is very dark and disturbing, and unfortunately more real than most people realize. The sex trafficking trade is real, folks. I wish there was a Killian Lebon taking down scumbags, or is there?

Intriguing and well written. I’m happy I was given the opportunity to read this book.

Thank you!

Have a great Sunday evening, friends.

Joan