Hi friends--It's been roughly *grumbling under my breath* weeks, months since my last posting. I have gotten quite into the Cluttered Brain blog if you hadn't noticed. But I have also been reading. I recently finished Band Of Sisters by Annette Lyon. My review of her book can be found here. And whenever I read I get inspired to write some more. I swear reading is good for the writer's soul. It is true what they say you know. Every good writer needs to read. And not just romance or just fantasy, but a variety of books. You have to embrace all genres of writing to be able to develop your own style, in my opinion.
With that being said, I have some ideas for my next novel I would like to pursue. I know, who says I have time to write a novel when I have a 2 year old loose in the house? Well, I'm gonna give it a try.
However I have a list of questions that I need some help with. I hope you can help me.
- How much information if any can a husband who works for the FBI disclose to his wife? Or should he disclose anything to his wife?
- How long should one wait when a loved one, say their husband, wait before contacting authority?
- Is it bad that most of the characters you create tend to resemble your own characteristics and hobbies?
- What are some habits and flaws that you find interesting in people? (That would you would like to see in a story.)
Setting: Present day New York.
Main character is 34 year old Rachel White-Marshall who does not get along with her mother-in-law at all. Her husband's mother never liked her from the beginning even when they were dating. Anyway, Rachel's husband Mark age 36, is a FBI agent currently involved in a high profile case. The problem comes up when Mark was supposed to be home at a certain time and never showed. He is not answering his cell phone (we find out why later) and Rachel cannot get a hold of him. It has been about 12 hours since Rachel has spoken to her husband. She does not know what to do.
The couple has three children, Tracey age 11, Shane age 9, and Betsy Rose age 2.
The plot thickens as she tries to get answers to where her husband is locates and no one will tell her. Mark's mother does not help at all and keeps criticizing Rachel for being so full of worry and thinks she should just drop the whole problem. Linda Vance-Marshall, Mark's mom, believes Rachel is trying to get media attention and Mark is just doing his job. However, she still works in the FBI and knows some information about the whereabouts of her son. She refuses to discuss with her daughter-in-law because she wants their relationship to end.
Does this sound like a story you would want to read? Does this sound like something you have read before in the past? (I hope NOT!)
Anything you contribute to the working of my novel will be credited in the publishing if the book of course!
Thank YOU in advance for helping a fellow writer out. You are too kind.
If you have any place websites and suggestions of people I can go to for research about the inner-workings of the FBI please let me know. Thanks!