By Dee Davis
I suppose my love of academia is in part responsible for the creation of A-Tac. I graduated from Hendrix College in Arkansas. A small liberal arts school, the campus is dotted with ivy shrouded buildings and tree covered grounds. So although I moved my fictional Sunderland to upstate New York, it’s still very much Hendrix that I see as I write. And like Nash Brennon (the hero of DARK DECEPTIONS), my degree is in political science and history. Although unlike Nash, I have never worked for the CIA or taught in the social sciences.
However, I am a mother. Which brings us to our heroine, Annie. I think the biggest fear for any mother, especially of young children, is something happening to them. And as a romantic suspense writer, I’m afraid my mind often runs to the more dire end of that spectrum. So as I began my ‘what if’ questions for DARK DECEPTIONS, I confess to giving in to my worst fear. My child being abducted. And of course from there it only turned more dismal. What if not only was your child kidnapped, but the kidnapper demanded something awful in return for the release?
What if you were asked to kill someone?
It’s a nightmare situation—no matter the circumstances. But for Annie Gallagher it’s accompanied by a horrifying sense of guilt, her past finally catching up with her. An ex-CIA operative and trained assassin, Annie left the life to protect her son. But things have a way of coming full circle, and in the process of trying to rescue her child, Annie comes face to face with the only man she’s ever loved—Nash Brennon.
Only it’s Nash’s job to stop her —at any cost.
As a romantic suspense author, I often capitalize on my worst fears to find plot points. When I lived in Vienna we traveled a great deal by train. In Europe there’s a gap between the train and the platform, and to make it more daunting, a set of steps leading down from the opening. Every time we disembarked from a train, I lived in fear of falling with my daughter in my arms and the stroller over my shoulder. I never did, thankfully, but that fear led to Chloe falling off of a train on to a dead body in JUST BREATHE. Similarly, my lifelong fear of driving off a bridge surfaced in EYE OF THE STORM when the hero and heroine’s car is forced off a causeway into the ocean. The same one I crossed on regular basis as a teenager. And more literally, my irrational fear of revolving doors haunts Vanessa in A MATCH MADE ON MADISON.
So what are your worst fears? And could you use them in a novel?♥
On the brink of turning forty, award winning author Dee Davis realized that life only happens once. In total panic, she decided it was time to stop talking about writing a book and “just do it”. To that end she sat down at the computer and hasn’t left since. The transplanted Texan now lives in Manhattan. The time she doesn’t spend writing is spent with her husband, her daughter, her cat and her Cardigan Welsh Corgi. Visit her online at http://www.deedavis.com/.
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