So when I saw an OPEN HOUSE sign beckoning me to check out such a house, I did. Drove my car right up that driveway. Never mind the house's five million dollar price tag. Though it's much more fun to view this spectacular place in person, here's the house on a quirky YouTube, in two parts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5lrwqK_zRU Wendy's Amazing House
But the house is only one part of my blog topic. More interesting (since we can't buy the house), is the fact that Wendy, the owner, is the widow of a man who was 'lost' in a desert in California. Her husband was found much later, dead, in a car, in the Los Angeles river, with his hands chopped off. AND HE WAS A WRITER! The story is being told to us by Wendy's present boyfriend, the real estate agent who is helping her sell the five million dollar house. Can you believe it?
Even while I drove away from the house and the gobsmacking vista, my novelist brain was awhirl! Who was this handless man and is there some relationship to who he was and how Wendy became so wealthy? Plots begin forming in my mind. How about in yours? The funny thing...I was less interested in the real story than I was in developing scenes and characters that went in directions I controlled. Is that something peculiar to writers, I wonder?
Once again, with this chance encounter, I learned how truth is stranger than fiction...and how my brain whirls when delicious suspense (and fabulous views) brighten my life. Question is: based on your experience, do writers experience life in different ways than non-writers (like this need to take real plots in different directions)?
Example for me: I watched a TV show about savants, including an actor. These were people who have weird ways of remembering events. Did I want to learn more about her? No. I wanted to develop my own 'savant,' entangled in a suspense plot. Result: Lie Catchers, set in Petersburg, Alaska, a heroine with a strange 'filing system.'
Two unsolved murders will tear apart an Alaska fishing town unless a writer and a government agent reveal their secret obsessions.
Treasury agent Parker Browne is working undercover in Petersburg, Alaska to investigate a money scam and a murder. His prime suspect, Liv Hanson, is a freelance writer struggling to save her family’s business. Free spirited, full of life, and with a talent for catching liars, she fascinates Parker.
Trying to prove she’s a legitimate writer who cares about Petersburg’s issues, Liv pens a series of newspaper articles about an old, unsolved murder. When her cold case ties in with Parker’s investigation, bullets start to fly.
Parker understands money trails, and Liv knows the town residents. But he gave up on love two years ago, and she trusts no one, especially with her carefully guarded secret. If they mesh their skills to find the killers, will they survive the fallout?