Debby Giusti here!
Readers often ask where writers find ideas for their stories. The answers are as varied and unique as the folks responding to the question. Some might say their stories took hold with a snippet of conversation or a news article in the daily paper. Others may have enhanced a what-if situation sparked from their imagination. Still others could have taken a personal experience and twisted it into a fictional tale.
I’m beginning a new story and pulling from a very different place, at least for me. Some years ago, I happened upon a television crime documentary about a murder. As the program began to unfold, I had an eerie sense of déjà vu and soon realized the alleged murderer was a man I knew.
Actually I was good friends with his younger brother during my high school years. Our parents were close, and my family and I attended the older brother's wedding. Since that time both sets of parents have passed away. I lost track of the “other” family and, thus, had no knowledge of the brutal act shown that night on TV.
The docudrama was difficult to watch, but it planted the seed of a story that begged to be written. Now, years later, I’m excited about using that documentary as the starting point for the next book in my Military Investigation series. Although completely different from the real-life case, my story will spring from an actual crime that struck too close to home.
Where do you get your ideas?
Waving to the wonderful readers who visit our blog: What unique situations have you experienced that could be developed into a story?
Wishing you abundant blessings,
THE AGENT’S SECRET PAST
By Debby Giusti
THREAT FROM HER AMISH PAST
Eight years ago, a drifter destroyed Becca Miller's ties to her Amish community—and murdered her family. Now a special agent with
criminal investigation department, Becca knows her past has caught up with her
and doesn't want to relive it. She's convinced that the killer, who supposedly
died years ago, is very much alive and after her. Special agent Colby Voss
agrees to help her investigate. Yet the closer they get to the truth, the closer
the killer gets to silencing her permanently. Fort Rickman
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