Monday, August 22, 2016

WRITING ABOUT YOUR FEARS

By: Angi Morgan

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I admit that there are a couple of things in life that have always scared me: being surrounded by water and nothing under my feet. You might interpret that as drowning and a fear of heights. I’m actually okay with a solid surface under my feet, I honestly don’t like my feet dangling while I look down. I mean, I don’t like it to the point of hyperventilating. And water? I love to be on a boat, love to float, and I could swim if my life depended on it. But putting my face underwater…stand back because that brings on a full-fledge panic attack.

Which dovetails into my adult phobias: claustrophobia (it’s worsened as I’ve gotten older) and the fear of my children being kidnapped. So you can see why being submerged in water is sort of claustrophobic…right? I’ve narrowed it down to something about the hearing. I can’t wear earplugs for the same reason. Then there’s kidnapping. It’s definitely lessoned because all of my children are adults, but I remember the middle-of-the-night fear. I was approached more than once in malls and parking lots about selling my kids (they were truly beautiful). After that, I began having nightmares about them being kidnapped. Blood-curtailing scream nightmares.

Okay, I info-dumped on you. But it was necessary to talk about why writing about child abduction is so hard for me. I tackled my height fear in my second book .38 CALIBER COVER-UP. Definitely easy compared to trying to put a child at risk. And my editors want more kidnappings. Each time I go back to that fear, trying to put it into words. My hero and heroine are always a lot calmer than I imagine I would be. If I hear someone frantically calling out for their child in a store or on a playground, my heart drops. I stop breathing. My eyes tear while waiting for the all-clear.


In HARD CORE LAW I push the limits a little farther. I needed to involve the twins’ caregiver (Tracey doesn’t like the term nanny  ). Speaking with one of my colleagues, Lena Diaz, she suggested I give one of the children diabetes. That put a ticking clock into the story because Jackson needs insulin after 36 to 48 hours. A big thanks to Lena, who also read the book and verified that all references to Diabetes are correct. The reactions Jackson has in the book are some she’s experienced firsthand. 


I really hope you enjoy not only HARD CORE LAW, but all the Elite Troop series.

HE'D BREAK THE LAW TO GET HIS KIDS BACK 

The twins were all Josh Parker had in this world. So when they were kidnapped, he couldn't rely on his Texas Rangers star to get them back safely. Or involve Tracey Cassidy, the only person he trusted to care for his children. A family of criminals was asking him to break the law if he ever wanted to see his children again. But when Tracey caught wind of his plan, she knew no matter how big Josh's heart was, he had a future with his twins to look forward to. They needed their father. And this was one burden he wouldn't have to shoulder alone.

Catch photos from the other TEXAS RANGER: ELITE TROOP series on A Picture a Day

HARD CORE LAW is available in stores and online: Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Kobo | Google



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ANGI MORGAN writes Intrigues where honor and danger collide with love. Her work is a multiple contest finalist and Publisher’s Weekly best seller. She drags her dogs –and husband– around Texas for research road trips so she can write off her camera. They now have a map with highlighted roads they’ve traveled. Every detour somehow makes it into a book.
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32 comments:

  1. It is great to read how you tackled your childhood fear! I am also getting itchy on heights. To be perfectly honest, I am not really sure what my greatest fear is. But being buried alive seems to be very scary situation!!

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  3. My biggest fear is darkness. For as long as I can remember I've been afraid of the dark. Before I met my husband, I used to sleep with a lamp on in my bedroom all night. We still get a giggle out of remembering the first time I slept over at his house and he turned the lights out, I panicked and said "You sleep with the lights out???" LOL He got me to be brave enough to make due with a small plugged in night light over the years, but I still can't sleep if it's dark. A perfect example ... last night our power went out while we were sleeping and it woke me up because my nightlight was no longer visible. Luckily the moon was bright so I didn't totally panic. :)

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    1. Whew . . . Glad the moon was big and bright !

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  4. I am claustrophobic to the point that I can't get into an elevator if there are more than one or two other people in it. I don't like heights either.

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    1. I'm so glad my family understands my elevator problem and will wave others away or step out with me when they get too crowded. I can totally empathize, JoAn.

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  5. I don't even have children, and I understand your terror! My greatest fear is fire: being stuck in a burning building with no way of escaping - and it nearly happened to me once, so that's why I'm terrified.

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    1. OH WOW !!
      That would be the top of my list if it had nearly happened to me. WOWSERS.

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  6. I have a fear of falling... I have a hard time going up and down ladders and hate ferris wheels... as for losing a child... oh my, I remember taking my nephew to a store once when he was between 2-3... I stopped to look at something and one second he was there and the next gone... scared the crap out of me... ran around looking for him... found him a few rows over back at the toy section. It took a good while before my heart stopped beating out of my chest!

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    1. Colleen, you just made my heart rate jump !!
      So glad you found him.

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  7. Lizards. I don't care how irrational it is to be afraid of them. I'm terrified of them thanks to my brothers. Hysterical crying levels of terrified.

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    1. HUGS Mandy.
      If there's one think I know...phobias aren't rational. And something that might be silly to someone else can scare the pants off of me.

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  8. Same fear as Josh,also of highs and sneaks :D

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  9. I love that picture of you - you know the one.

    Strange, unexplained noises in the night get my heart racing.

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    1. Tim took it at just the right time. You know, I climbed the cliffwalk (even in the rain) in Vancouver because I'd probably never be there again. Sort of a once in a lifetime thing. I refused to let my fear overcome the opportunity.

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    1. I wonder if it's because people fall in their sleep?

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  11. It's spiders. Even if it's a bit irrational. I couldn't sleep one night knowing thee was one behind the headboard.

    Goldgirl149 at hotmail dot com

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    1. I know what you mean. That's me and bees.

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  12. Me too, spiders. But, I have been working on it! (It is supposed to be related to "dark corners of your mind)
    Jan

    janet_kerr at msn.com

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  13. I'd rather not utter what my fears are, sometimes just mentioning one brought it to mind - not something I relish. I prefer read on how brave and courages hero/heroines in overcome their fears, made anything sounds possible!
    puspitorinid AT yahoo DOT com

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  14. Wow i can't believe how far behind i am in reading the books you have written i thought i was caught up then i see 2 that i haven't gotta read faster huh! Love ya!

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  15. I don't like heights and I'm also deathly afraid of water. I almost drowned when I was a kid and I've been petrified of water ever since.

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  16. I was not fearless as a child but I do believe as I have experienced more of the world (aka gotten older) my fears have intensified and invited friends.
    Things that used not to phase me are now taken more personally and I avoid putting myself in similar situations. Unless dared. I still respond to a reasonable dare.

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