By: Alison Stone
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Yesterday I blogged about my fascination with crime stories. Well, in addition to watching the evening news, overdosing on shows like Dateline and 48 Hours, I read a lot of true crime. I never found an Ann Rule book I didn’t like. Besides being great fodder for writing romantic suspense, it does mess (a little bit) with my everyday life.
Seven Side Effects of filling my head with Crime Stories:
(1) I always lock the doors. It drives my husband nuts. He’ll go out for the mail and next thing he knows, he’s locked out. (To be fair, I didn’t know he was coming right back. J)
(2) My kids have nicknamed me “Danger.” I can’t help it if I spot the potential hazard in every situation. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, right?
(3) I can’t sleep without the house alarm set. Do you know how many Lifetime Movies (am I stretching the true crime, here?) I’ve seen where the bad guy springs up on the woman in her bedroom while she sleeps?
(4) As soon as I get into my car—yup, you guessed it—I lock my doors. A safety expert once said perpetrators watch women get into their cars and while they are putting on lipstick or fiddling with their phone, they jump into the passenger side. Enough said.
(5) If I’m driving through an unfamiliar neighborhood, I leave room between my car and the one in front of me. You’ve got to have an escape route, right? And never let anyone block your car in the ATM drive-thru.
(6) When my husband is out of town, I make sure my cell phone and the house phone are near the bed. How many movies have you seen where the murderer cuts the telephone line?
(7) I always watch the garage door go all the way down before I go into the house. I have visions of someone slipping under the closing door and then gaining access to the house.
Surprisingly—and despite what you just read—I don’t live my life in fear. I go about my business with a confident walk and my head held high. (That deters muggers, you know. J) I just have all these possible scenarios running through my head. I’m a writer, after all. I’m paid to have a good imagination. Yet, I feel it can’t hurt to take certain precautions. And when my husband rolls his eyes at me, I say, “If you read as much true crime as I do…”
I have parlayed my fascination into a career as a writer. Please check out my debut release Random Acts. Here’s the blurb:
Second chances can have a terrible sense of timing.
As a child, watching her mother always pick the wrong man left Danielle Carson wary of opening her heart to anyone—except Patrick Kingsley. But circumstances came between them and left Danielle with a broken heart. Now she buries the pain of what might have been by channeling all her energy into her career. When a family crisis brings her back to her hometown, she is forced to face the past—and the disturbing fact that her sister’s car accident was staged to mask a brutal beating.
A police officer and widower, Patrick guards his heart as fiercely as he guards his beloved daughter. Seeing Danielle again unexpectedly reignites their old flame, but no way will he introduce a woman into his daughter’s life. Certainly not one whose values on faith and family are so different from his own.
Despite their best intentions, they are drawn together—until Danielle learns Patrick had a hand in putting her sister in harm’s way. Her fragile trust is crushed, but Patrick is the only man who can help her stop the villain before everything they both love is destroyed. Faith, family…and their second chance at forever.
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