IDEAS


IDEAS

IDEAS by Wendy Cartmell


A question often asked of authors is, “Where do you get your ideas from?”

To be honest, that was my fear when I first began writing crime novels. Would I have enough ideas for plot lines? Where would those ideas come from? Am I creative enough to imagine what characters would think and feel?

Some years ago I saw a documentary on the British crime writer Ian Rankin and during that he showed the interviewer a folder containing scraps of ideas, newspaper cuttings and bits printed from the internet. It was overflowing and Ian talked about having more ideas than time to write them.

As it happened the ideas came easily to me: perhaps not right away, not when I was looking for them and if so they all went into my equivalent of Ian Rankin’s folder. They came from many different sources. For my first novel, Steps to Heaven, I read an article in the local Aldershot newspaper (the area of England where my Sgt Major Crane books are set) about a man who had killed his wife and son and then committed suicide. I was touched by this story of a senseless waste of life and began to try to imagine what had driven the poor man to commit such an act. I transposed the story into soldier’s killing their families (as my books are about the Military Police) and Steps to Heaven was born.

The idea for 40 Days 40 Nights again came from the local newspaper. Aldershot was to be a training camp for Team GB before the 2012 Olympic Games. In the end they went to Loughborough University instead, but 40 Days 40 Nights chronicles what could have happened if they had gone to Aldershot and been involved in a terrorist threat.

Honour Bound was born from a piece on the television news about rape (both male and female) in the armed forces. Cordon of Lies is about an army cover-up, an idea triggered by a television piece discussing whether the Army should investigation itself.

I left the world of television news and newspapers for Regenerate. I had a neighbour who was obsessed by life-sized re-born dolls. They are the same size and weight as babies; some have heartbeats, open and close their hands and are they very collectable. I found this idea really creepy and when I started to research the practice, I found instances of these dolls being mistaken for children left in cars in the hot weather and concerned members of the public calling the police as a result. So Regenerate became a book about death and obsession, when an army widow can’t cope with the loss of her husband and then her baby daughter.

Hijack came from a conversation with a member of the family. He is an international television broadcaster and we were talking about media obsession. He mentioned the Dutch Train Hijack in the 1970’s and thought it could be a great idea for a book. Hijack became a train siege on a 100’ viaduct high on the Yorkshire Dales with Sgt Major Crane doing his best to get his young Sergeant Billy Williams and all the other hostages, out safely.

Glass Cutter came from discussions at my local writing group. We were talking about crime fiction and one member had an idea about killing people with shards of glass. He never wrote his book, but generously let me use his idea and Glass Cutter became an eerie tale of an army wife influenced by a diary left in an old house. As she reads about murders in the 1970’s, she starts her own killing spree.

My work in progress - Solid Proof - came from a cold case I read about in America, where the only clue the police had to try and trace a missing woman, was a shoe she had left behind. My imagination immediately went into overdrive. Where did she go? Was she still alive? Was she kidnapped? Murdered? Who dun it?

Solid Proof will be my 8th Sgt Major Crane crime thriller and they will all be published by Endeavour Press here in the UK. Oh, and that folder of ideas? It’s overflowing with more cases for Sgt Major Crane and a new cosy murder mystery series to be rolled out in 2016. And to think I was worried about a lack of ideas!

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