With: Alison Stone
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I’ve always been intrigued by news reports. Maybe even a little obsessed. It wasn’t just the big picture that caught my attention, it was the little details that I ruminated on.
When I was a little girl, I heard a local news story about a teenager that killed an eight-year-old girl in a neighboring suburb. This was unheard of in this quiet community. They interviewed an elderly neighbor who heard the little girl singing Frosty the Snowman while building a snowman just before she disappeared. The police reported that the teenage neighbor killed the girl and took her body, put it in a cardboard box, and dragged it on a red sled to a nearby creek.
The details haunted me. They still do.
When I was away at college, a young woman at the university was murdered on a bike path in my hometown. Tragically, this murder went unsolved for nearly twenty years until the killer struck again. This time he killed a mother of four who had decided to squeeze in a run while her youngest was at pre-school. As a mom with kids of similar age, I couldn’t shake the horror of this. Had the young mother thrown in a load of laundry before she left? While she jogged did she run through her grocery list wondering if she’d have enough time to stop by Wegman’s? Meanwhile, a predator waited...
What if the mother had stopped at Wegman’s first, would she have been spared? What if a friend was supposed to go with her but cancelled at the last minute?
My mind never stops thinking about all the possible scenarios.
Do other people do this?
I’m sure some do. Others are probably better at shutting off their runaway thoughts.
I’m a very empathetic person. I can’t think about these tragedies without feeling for those involved. Maybe this makes me a compassionate person. Maybe this makes me a better writer.
Perhaps this is why I dwell on the details of tragic stories. I wonder about the particulars. What was the last thing the person was doing before the event that changed or ended their life? With social media, all these news stories are more front and center. It’s easy to get inundated with too much news. Sometimes I have to power down to escape.
Perhaps this is why I enjoy writing suspense. I get to be the puppet master, create the crime, and make sure the bad guy gets his comeuppance. Perhaps this is also why the genre is so popular. Readers can be fascinated by the crimes in the safety of a book, and then rest assured someone pays for their crime.
In my latest release, Pointe and Shoot, the heroine is also obsessed with true crime. This fixation presents a dilemma when she suspects a dear friend’s death is not a tragic accident. Is she being overly dramatic? Will the handsome young police officer take her concerns seriously before someone else is hurt…or worse?
Do you follow the news closely? Or do you find we’re now just inundated with news of all kinds that sometimes you just have to tune it out? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section. One random commenter will win a digital Kindle copy (US only) of Pointe and Shoot.
POINTE AND SHOOT
The dance world can be ruthless – even deadly.
Jayne Murphy has always put family first. That’s why she abandoned her dream of joining the police force to run her ailing mother’s dance studio.
When one of the studio’s most talented instructors dies in a car crash, Jayne isn’t convinced it was just an accident. Relentlessly pursuing her hunch, she teams up with Officer Danny Nolan, the best friend and partner of her brother Patrick, who died in the line of duty. Haunted by Patrick’s death, Danny has begun to question whether he should still be a cop at all.
As Jayne digs deeper, suspects emerge, including the victim’s clingy ex-boyfriend and a jealous foe from the cutthroat dance world. Her evolving insights into the case rekindle Jayne’s passion for police work. Danny, too, feels a renewed sense of purpose…and a definite attraction to his unofficial partner, which seems to be mutual. Now, if Jayne can only keep herself out of harm’s way, she and Danny both might get a second chance—with their careers and each other.
Alison Stone’s Bio:
Alison Stone left Buffalo, New York and headed a thousand miles south to earn an industrial engineering degree at Georgia Tech in Hotlanta. Go Yellow Jackets! She loved the South, but true love brought her back North.
After the birth of her second child, Alison left Corporate America for full-time motherhood. She credits an advertisement for writing children's books for sparking her interest in writing. She never did complete a children's book, but she did have success writing articles for local publications before finding her true calling, writing romantic suspense.
Alison lives in Western New York with her husband of twenty years and their four children where the summers are absolutely gorgeous and the winters are perfect for curling up with a good book--or writing one.
Besides writing, Alison keeps busy volunteering at her children's schools, driving her girls to dance, and watching her boys race motocross.
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