An Article from Wendy Corsi Staub, Bestselling Author of Blue Moon
Today we are pleased to present a guest post written by Wendy Corsi Staub. The bestselling author is currently on a virtual book tour with Partners In Crime Virtual Tours.
We have also have the opportunity to review the book. You can find our review on Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine.
Ms. Staub can be found at a number of sites during her tour. For a full list click here.
We hope you will drop in several sites to find more reviews, guest articles and interviews with this very popular author.
The Question Always Asked
by Wendy Corsi Staub
It never fails. Whenever I take questions at a signing or a conference, a reader raises a hand and asks, “Where do you get your ideas?” The real answer—the knee-jerk one applies to every author—is, quite simply, “Everywhere.”
But “everywhere” is hardly a compelling answer, even if it’s true, so we elaborate.
I’ll explain that my brain operates in an ever-churning whirlwind of “What ifs.” All day long, ideas fly into the maelstrom like flying bugs drawn to a zapper. Most of the time, Zzzzzt—the What If machine kills them on the spot. But sometimes, an idea gets that jolt of electricity, survives, and thrives.
What triggers the idea in the first place? It might be a snippet of a news bulletin, or an overheard conversation between strangers, or even waking up from a bizarre dream. In an instant, a premise is born. When it happens, and there’s no buzz-killing zzzzzt, you’ve got an idea. An idea doesn’t equal a book. Most sit waiting to be developed, and some never will be. But you file them away, just in case.
You file them in the literal sense. I frequently tear out magazine articles or jot notes or send myself an email or save a link, and throw it all into a folder labeled “IDEAS.” I have an electronic file, and I have many paper files, all of which are stuffed with so many ideas I could never write them all in this lifetime. Writers never run out of ideas. They run out of time.
The premise for my latest psychological suspense novel, BLUE MOON (HarperCollins, on sale July 26), started with a simple “What if” one morning when I saw a lumpy blanket in a bed and thought… ooh! What if you woke up in your own house to find the body of a dead stranger tucked into a bed that was supposed to be empty?
Creepy? Um, yeah. But that’s how I roll.
On that day, as on most days, a series of images whirled through my What If brain: A lovely Victorian house on a pleasant street in a picturesque village called, say, Mundy’s Landing. A corpse that appeared to be asleep, braids arranged just so on the pillow, hands clasped, eyes closed, covers tucked under her chin. A person—a woman?—opening the door, seeing…a person? A dead person. Cue blood curdling scream.
(All of these images, by the way, have now come vividly to life in BLUE MOON’S eerie book trailer, which you can view here.)
The What if machine churned on.
What if there was a cryptic note under the victim’s pillow, in spidery old fashioned handwriting?
What if she was a total stranger to the family who lived in the house?
What if no one else in town, in the world, had ever seen her before, either?
Here, my brain paused. How would I pull that off in the electronic age? There would be all sorts of ways to track her and identify her, right?
What if this all happened in the past? A century ago?
What if the bizarre scenario happened not once, but three times, a few days and blocks apart?
What if, for a hundred years, the so-called Sleeping Beauty Murders remained unsolved, the victims never identified, the town always tainted by its bloody past and the lingering puzzle?
Hmmm. Flash forward to the present day, when my book would take place.
What if the local historical society offered a reward—as a tourist-drawing publicity stunt, perhaps–to anyone who can solve the notorious crimes and unmask the long-dead killer?
What if it became an annual event that took on a carnival-like atmosphere, and was dubbed “Mundypalooza?” It would certainly be a magnet for the press, true crime buffs, amateur sleuths, reward-seekers, and ghoulish gawkers drawn to violence and other people’s tragedies.
What if among them is someone who hasn’t just unlocked the key to the original crimes, but wants to recreate them?
What if you were an ordinary wife and mother who’d just moved with your family into one of the historic “Murder Houses” where the killer struck before—and a new killer is about to strike again?
That, my friends, is how BLUE MOON was born. It’s full of my trademark twists and turns that keep my readers guessing, but doubly so. This is a whodunit within a whodunit, with the reader trying to solve both the mystery of the past, and the one that’s unfolding in the present. As with most of my adult suspense novels, it’s rated PG—nothing overly graphic, and most of the violence takes place offstage.
BLUE MOON is the second book in my Mundy’s Landing trilogy for HarperCollins, which launched last September with BLOOD RED and will conclude next spring with BONE WHITE, the book I’m working on now. If you read, I hope you’ll enjoy, and spread the word! Thanks!
New York Times bestselling author Wendy Corsi Staub returns to Mundy’s Landing—a small town where bygone bloodshed has become big business.
Hair neatly braided, hands serenely clasped, eyes closed, the young woman appeared to be sound asleep. But the peaceful tableau was a madman’s handiwork. Beneath the covers, her white nightgown was spattered with blood. At daybreak, a horrified family would discover her corpse tucked into their guest room. The cunning killer would strike again . . . and again . . . before vanishing into the mists of time.
A century ago, the Sleeping Beauty Murders terrified picturesque Mundy’s Landing. The victims, like the killer, were never identified. Now, on the hundredth anniversary, the Historical Society’s annual “Mundypalooza” offers a hefty reward for solving the notorious case.
Annabelle Bingham, living in one of the three Murder Houses, can’t escape the feeling that her family is being watched—and not just by news crews and amateur sleuths. She’s right. Having unearthed the startling truth behind the horrific crimes, a copycat killer is about to reenact them—beneath the mansard roof of Annabelle’s dream home…
Genre: Thrillers, Suspense
Published by: William Morrow, Mass Market
Publication Date: July 26th 2016
Number of Pages: 448
ISBN: 0062349759 (ISBN13: 9780062349750)
Series: Mundy’s Landing #2
Purchase Links: Amazon Barnes & Noble Goodreads
About the Author:
USA Today and New York Times bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub is the award-winning author of more than seventy novels and has twice been nominated for the Mary Higgins Clark Award.
She lives in the New York City suburbs with her husband and their two children.