Thursday, February 23, 2012

How The Story Emerged - Obsessions

Still striving to create a title for this story and this is the latest. There will be a giveaway here of an autographed copy of Obsessions to a US or Canada person who makes a comment and leaves me a way to reach them.

Today Heart Throb is available for free on Amazon Kindle.

Now for the story of Obsessions. Many years ago I read Michael Palmer's Sisterhood and really liked the book I thought perhaps I could write a medical suspense so I read many others in the subgenre and found that I couldn't write ones like those. Somehow I couldn't devise an evil mad scientist as the doctor of the piece so I put the idea aside. Then a series of events gave me the way to work this out, in my own way. I was still working as a nurse and trying to get in an hour or so a day writing. There was a Code and the patient didn't live. The family was hysterical. Then one of my colleagues who had a long standing relationship with one of the doctors found the affair had ended. A young nurse had just begun a flirtation with a doctor and during narcotics count one a pill seemed to be missing and we had a grand search to find where it had gone. Thus the seeds for Obsessions was found.

This is a story where the doctors and nurses are the ones who are being killed in what seem like accidents at first. Except, one of the nurses receives gifts after each death. Also those who die have obsessions with different things. The heroine is obsessed with not getting involved with a man who will want to control her life like her dead husband. Two of the victims are obsessed with a particular person. One is obsessed with drugs. The list of victims and the possible killers grow shorter. The heroine must face her own death on a winter night near Christmas and a chase through the streets of her tow,

The ending, and I won't tell you what it is freaked out many of my critique partners but I knew the heroine and stuck with the ending. So there you have the genesis of the story. The villain in the story remains as one of my favorites.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great book :)

Angel Rose said...

I love reading about how a story comes about. Now I have to read the book. Thank you.

Rhonda D said...

Oh wow! That sounds like it is full of suspense. I can't wait to grab it. Thanks and thanks for the free read!

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OOPS! Forgot some info!

Very interesting concept. It makes it more so for me for the fact that I worked in a hospital for a few years and witnessed first hand the drama of hospital life and separately the patient and family heart aches.

J K Maze said...

What a fascinating story. It goes on my must buy list. I've worked in hospitals, not as a nurse, but as a medical transcriptionist and enjoy reading medical mysteries. I would love to get a copy of the book.

Joan K. Maze

Sarah J. McNeal said...

I really like how you used a real expeience in your nursing career to spark the concept for Obsessions in your writing career. It sounds like the kind of book to be read in daylight with my back to the wall. Scary and intense.
I wish you all the best.

Sarah J. McNeal said...

oh. forgot. my email address:
starcriter at yahoo dor com

Anonymous said...

I luv medical mystries!

Janice Seagraves said...

I got my copy of your free books. Can't wait to read it.

I love finding out how you came up with the idea for your book and your critique partners reactions.

Good luck with your latest release.