Like most authors, all my books have been inspired by real life experiences. The Wife of a Lesser Man is no exception. Inspiration strikes me at the strangest times. The story line for my first romance came right after reading another romance novel and eating an inordinate amount of cheese.
The Wife of a Lesser Man came to me after having a discussion with a friend about married people who have affairs. A question came to light regarding the safety of the person who has the affair. “What if the person is a stalker or serial killer or something?” We laughed about it at first, pointing out the irony, but then I thought this would make a great story.
Hence, The Wife of a Lesser Man was born. As I wrote the book, I absolutely loved the idea of writing about a police chief. Writing crime scenes, mystery, clues and suspense was such a stimulating experience that I wanted to do it again and again. And I am. The sequel has already been written and the third novel in the series is started.
Writing a mystery is a lot like writing a story backwards. You know what you want the outcome to be; you also know what clues will lead to the solution. The trick is to make the clues mesh into the story so they’re not too subtle. As I wrote the victims into the story, I used my inspiration from one or two of my not-so-favourite people. Have you ever heard the saying ‘Never upset a writer; you might end up dead in their next book’? It’s true ;-)