The seed for my thriller Sleep then My Princess was planted many years ago when I was nine-years-old. Our family went to visit friends. My parents were sitting at their friends' dining table after they had enjoyed a home cooked lunch and the discussion was about a woman who lived across the road from these friends. This woman was minding a pre-school age child from Monday to Friday. This child slept in the chicken shed at night summer and winter and was only cleaned up before her mother came to pick her up on Friday evening. I was shocked as were my parents.
This seed grew into a story which is fiction and fact.
Someone asked me why I wrote The Deadly Caress. A newspaper article about a daughter connecting with her mother after many years captured my attention and I started wondering if I could put a twist on that. What if a person was to discover that the woman she thought was her mother wasn't. How would she feel? What if this newly discovered mother was murdered? What would this person do?
Then there's a scary scene with Amanda driving down a mountainside and that comes from my memory banks. I grew up across the road from a very bad intersection and every weekend there would be at least one horrific accident. Some of these were youths speeding or chasing each other. Others were drunks or drivers who had miscalculated the sharp turn and careered into an oncoming car or the nearby light post. My dad would run over to see if an ambulance needed to be called as we were the only family in the street to have a phone. He'd take blankets over if the person/people was badly injured and I would help him.
Nominated movie stars for major roles. Drool over Scott Disick and Justine Timberlake pictures.
Nicole Kidman's earlier pictures look just like my daughter until Nicole had stuff done.
- JoinedFebruary 8, 2014