I'm so pleased to welcome Linda Thorne to my travels. Speaking of travels, like us, she has moved around the country a LOT and has ended up in Tennessee. Small world! She's tackling the question that readers seem to love to ask us.
Where Do You Get Your Plot Ideas?
I remember reading
an article by Lawrence Block years ago. Block heard that Don Westlake had written
the beginning chapters of a book about a woman being raped on her wedding day. The
woman and her husband then took off after the rapists to exact revenge. Block
saw this as an interesting plot and, when he didn’t see any further development
on the book, he contacted the author and learned Westlake had decided against
writing it. Block then asked, and got approval from Westlake, to use his idea.
He wrote the book and titled it, Deadly
This fascinated me
because I have so many ideas for books tumbling around in my head, I can’t
imagine anyone needing to borrow someone else’s. Of course, I’m no Lawrence
Block who has written so many books, but I still don’t think I’d run out of
And, I may not be alone.
Three or four years ago at the Killer Nashville Conference there was a session
called something like, “where to get ideas for your writing project.” I crossed
that one off my program and circled a query letter session next door.
I was running late
for the meeting and when I walked into what I thought was the right room, I
noted only two other guests in attendance. One of the speakers mentioned how
surprised he was more people hadn’t shown up since coming up with ideas was
important in writing about anything. It dawned on me that I was in the wrong place and hesitantly I
raised my hand halfway, saying in a whisper, “Sorry, I thought this was the query
letter session.” The man smiled and shrugged his shoulders. I think I bleated
the word, “sorry,” once more telling the small group how bad I was at query
letters. And, truth be told, if I hadn’t been so desperate to improve my
queries, I would’ve stayed just because they seemed like nice people who were
quite disappointed in the turnout.
I’ve never seen
the topic on any Killer Nashville schedule since.
Just think about
it. How many times do you hear someone say, “I should write a book.” Every
unusual or meaningful experience we each have, news reports, things we witness,
experiences and events every single day could be book topics, right?
What do you think?
About the book:
At long last, she lands a job with a good
employer, but the trouble is just beginning…
Human resources manager Judy Kenagy hopes her days of running from
bad bosses and guilt-ridden memories are over. But alas, she’s barely settled
in when a young female employee is found shot to death, spinning her new
workplace into turmoil. Small-town police chief, Carl Bombardier solicits
Judy’s help in her role as the company’s HR Manager. While working with Judy,
he shares his fanatical interest in a twenty-five-year-old double homicide he
believes is linked to her last and worst bad boss. To make matters worse, the
trusted assistant of her monster ex-boss starts showing up, keeping the
unwanted connection going. When the pesky trusted assistant turns up murdered,
Judy learns there’s a connection with the shooting death of the employee. She
starts sleuthing at the crime scene and stumbles upon an important piece of
evidence. Can she solve all of the murders with this single find? If she does,
will she finally be freed from the demons of her past? Or are things not as
About Linda Thorne:
Thorne began pursuing her true passion, writing, in 2005. Since then, she has
published numerous short stories in the genres of mystery, thriller, and
romance. Her debut novel, Just Another
Termination, is the first in a planned series of mysteries that tell the
story of Judy Kenagy, the first career human resources manager to turn sleuth. Just Another Termination was released by
Black Opal Books last month. She is currently writing the second book in her
series, A Promotion to Die For.
her lead character, Thorne is a career human resources manager. She has worked
in the HR profession in Arizona, Colorado, Mississippi, California, and now,
Tennessee. She holds a BS degree in business from Arizona State University and
has completed a number of graduate-level courses in her field.