The Big Idea: A Dream Pop-Open Cards Post

My boss got me these amazing Dream Pop-Open Cards. I figured I’d occasionally share one and how it relates to my dream of becoming a published author. Today’s message:

“Always be on the lookout for the big idea that can change your life.” — Normal Vincent Peale

I’m clearly going to have to get a manicure before the next one of these…

For me, the idea for Hollywood Homicide came from literally driving down the street. While at a red light, I saw a billboard offering a reward for information on a murder. And, being broke, my thought was, ‘I should solve that for the reward money.” Horrible idea for real life. But great idea for a book!

It was actually my friend and writing group-mate Stephanie Dodson, who suggested that my main character actually have seen the hit-and-run at the center of the novel. I remember we were at a writers group meeting and she just randomly declared. ‘She needs to have seen it!” Talk about a light-bulb moment. It was something that made perfect sense, yet it had never occurred to me. And it really helped make everything come together with that initial draft.

If you’d like to purchase the Dream Pop-Open Cards, they’re available here.

About Hollywood Homicide:

Coming August 8, 2017 from Midnight Ink

hollywood-homicide_smallerDayna Anderson doesn’t set out to solve a murder. All the semi-famous, mega-broke black actress wants is to help her parents keep their house. After witnessing a deadly hit-and-run, she figures pursuing the fifteen-grand reward isn’t the craziest thing a Hollywood actress has done for some cash.

But what starts as simply trying to remember a speeding car soon blossoms into a full-on investigation. As Dayna digs deeper into the victim’s life, she wants more than just reward money. She’s determined to find the poor woman’s killer too. When she connects the accident to a notorious Hollywood crime spree, Dayna chases down leads at paparazzi hot spots, celeb homes and movie premieres. She loves every second—until someone tries to kill her.

And there are no second takes in real life.