My novella, The Last Straw is free on Amazon Kindle for 5 days starting today. This book started with a magazine article about a woman PI who specialized in employee background checks. I cut out the article and her photo and stuck it on my bulletin board. The fresh-faced, strawberry blonde stared down at me all summer.
Then one day my husband and I were heading over to Half Moon Bay to go to a party, but just as we were accelerating up the freeway on-ramp, the car skidded. We thought that was weird! Then we noticed the engine heating up so we took the next exit and pulled into a gas station. Turned out the radiator hose had broken and we had skidded on the dumped engine coolant.
While we waited for a tow truck, I told my husband (plot generator extraordinaire) about the character whose story I wanted to write. He came up with the undercover FBI agent who disappears idea and also with the stolen intellectual property idea.
I wrote the story but set it aside to focus on my day job and my life, which was full of caregiving for the next few years. But last fall, after I left my day job, my critique partner suggested I write something short for The Wild Rose Press and asked me what I had. I told her the basic premise and she loved it. She helped me brainstorm how to do it with the suspense in the background.
The Wild Rose Press contracted the story and I started a new phase of my writing life. I love this new phase and am working on more romance stories, a bit longer but not full-length novel yet, with a touch of suspense, spicy and on the lighter side.
The Last Straw is available here: http://amzn.to/164srhC
by Nia Simone