First draft of the second book of my Victorian crime drama is written – only took me four months this time. And of course, one day someone will say ‘where did you get your ideas from?’. So, here’s where I got the ideas for this one;
My stay in hospital, and especially the urge I had to murder a particularly annoying fellow patient.
A series about Victorian murders on the BBC
The release of three Victorian novels about female detectives (well worth a read, they’re thrilling)
A talk with my agent about motive.
An overheard conversation on the bus.
Watching a family in the coffee shop (I sound like a stalker)
Random articles I came across on the internet whilst researching – well, anything really. There’s tons of stuff out there!
A book about Victorian London by Judith Flanders (if you are writing a book set in the Victorian era her books are incredibly useful)
Biscuits. And cakes. And the fact I’m not allowed to eat them any more due to medical reasons.
A conversation I had with a stranger in the launderette this morning that gave me the final piece of my puzzle.
And so many tiny little things that have been in my head for years that I have no idea how I acquired them.
People always expect a simple answer to the ‘ideas’ question, but I’m discovering there isn’t one. All my ideas are a mish-mash of things read, overheard, seen, often whilst I was not looking for something for the book at all.