I have realized over the years that I am attracted to writing stories based on real life experiences, whether they are mine or someone else’s.
While visiting a convicted murderer (Cook County Justice) at a state prison for men I observed women waiting with me to see their men. Some of them had been coming for years. What was that like I asked myself. How do they survive on the outside? What are the stories that brought them to this place? Were they married to monsters, gang members, killers? Or just regular guys who had made some very stupid choices? (Women Outside the Walls)
The most rewarding effort has been writing about what I know of life. Confronting the challenges that life throws at all of us and then go on to deal with it with some sort of grace under fire. That’s how “The Ash Can” was born. An experience very close to me where a person threw away everything in a blink of an eye. Deciding to take irrevocable actions and leaving heart-break and tragedy in their path.
From the author: It was great fun writing this book about a young woman so ahead of her time. Basketball star, speakeasy owner, flapper who literally worked all day and danced all night. The story about her red evening gown is true and her friends would make her change into it before going out on the town. The story about playing poker with a Catholic Bishop is true. She ultimately had five husbands, but always said the first one didn’t count as they never consummated the marriage. She went on to be the champion women’s bowler in California. She had three kids which she didn’t take very good care of. She was human with many flaws, she was selfish and generous in turns, she was wild and ladylike……she was my mother. Sometimes I ask myself: ‘did the apple fall very far from the tree?’
Writing it was fun but hearing her ‘voice’ and that of the other characters was amazing. When you hire an audio professional the author remains in control (quality) and can ‘proof’ ever word. It’s crucial that you hire the right narrator as your book sounds different from the written page. It’s important that the narrator is willing to work with you on edits, add on’s, and you can ask this upfront before you choose from the audition pieces that you receive.
This author is a guest blogger on FreshFiction.com TODAY! Telling the story behind “The Art of Murder” and how it went from an idea to a book to a series. Trish is currently working on book 2, “The Dance of Murder” in the series The World of Murder.