On my stop today for The Camera Lies Blog Tour. I am delighted to share a brilliant guest post by Alison Morgan, talking about how she comes up with ideas for her books. I do hope you enjoy it .
Konrad Neale is a television presenter. His waning career has been given a new lease of life since he took on a series of hard-hitting documentaries that investigate miscarriages of justice.
Matthew Hawley has been convicted of the brutal murder of his wealthy attractive wife Helena. However, he has no memory of the events and insists he is not responsible for willingly killing her.
When Konrad interviews Matthew in prison, he explores the details of the murder and the possible motives behind it. But all is not as it seems.
Did Matthew murder his wife?
Soon the search is on to identify who else might be involved in the murder of Helena and Konrad is about to learn that sometimes the camera lies.
People seem fascinated by what makes writers tick. One question I’m frequently asked is ‘How do you come up with ideas for your books?’ This wasn’t too difficult a question to answer when I had only one published title to my name but now there are three with a fourth on the way, I have given this deeper thought.
My first two novels were firmly based in home territory and the world of mental health nursing. Based on the old adage ‘write what you know’, the stories were inspired by true life events, personal experiences, hot mental health topics or subject matter that was emphasised in everyday mental health clinical practice, such as sexual abuse or poor experience of treatment in acute psychiatric units. Understandably my own character and voice were heavily present in the first two books.
I scribble all sorts of nonsense ideas down in small notebooks. It may be a passing comment that I find amusing, or a concept, or twist. I never quite know, but on occasion a phrase, a place, or an action will trigger me off. Most recently I was handed a title on a receipt – I can’t tell you much more than that. It’s top secret for now. The title kicked off a set of wild associations and with it a basic plan, which has now blossomed into a rough plot. Nothing came to life until the characters started to take their places on the stage in my head.
The story for my third novel, The Camera Lies shouted at me from the screen of the TV. I do love a true crime documentary and there are few things better than the shivers of excitement I feel when being shown the workings of a psychopathic mind (please don’t tell my husband).
One evening, as the credits rolled on a programme about a miscarriage of justice, a thought popped into my head and Konrad Neale was born. Could I write a convincing male lead character? There was no time for doubt because soon he was getting on my nerves, nagging me to write the story down. The Camera Lies needed a sense of purpose and place to make it work, but the idea was a simple one.
About the Author
Alison Morgan started writing a couple of years ago to address that niggling question: could she write a book? The answer was a simple yes. She’s had to retire from the NHS a little earlier than planned, but has discovered a new passion. Writing. Her debut novel, A Justifiable Madness, was published by Bloodhound Books in September 2017 attracting great reviews for its refreshing premise and dark humour. With two further novels being published at the beginning of 2018, it seems Alison has a promising future as an author. Divine Poison is the second novel to feature Monica Morris, a mental health nurse, as the main protagonist in this crime mystery, but there are no plans for a series. Alison’s third suspense novel, The Camera Lies, steps away from the field of nursing and into the world of real crime documentary films.
Alison lives with her husband Andy and their dog Sadie, in a small village north of Bedford. She’s not the type to let life get in the way of adventure and so, always up for the next challenge, she decided to have a proper midlife crisis and learn to ride a motorbike. In August she passed, first time. Her husband was impressed until she swung her leg over his prized Triumph and roared off with a big grin on her face. ‘Research for the next book,’ she cried. The fourth book is under construction and does indeed feature motorbikes.