What inspired your first book?
I was watching the news when I saw that a major retailer was in trouble. They hadn't done anything technically illegal, but what they'd been doing was, at the very least unscrupulous. Suffice to say, they were making money off all their employees, current and past, through a life insurance loop hole.
The original plot of my book involved a life insurance scam. I switched gears when I found out how hard that actually was to commit.
This is how I received the inspiration for my book (the second time). I was out walking my dog. The street was quiet and empty, except for me, and a man nearby in his garage. He was shoving items into the trunk of his car. When he saw me, he gave me (I thought) a dirty look, and slammed the trunk.
I thought to myself, (I wasn't serious) I bet he's shoving a dead body into that trunk. The beginning of my book was realized. The inspiration for my book really did happen, but, if you think about it, it really wasn't that big a deal. So some guy was putting stuff into the trunk of his car, so he looked cranky.
But, imagine if you happened upon a murderer disposing of his victim? How terrified would you be? How fast would you run? Would you get away? What if you didn't?