#4: JD Ruskin’s Finding Matt Blog Party: Ripped From the Headlines

December 7, 2014


I’m an avid reader of newspaper and magazine articles. Both of my novels, When One Door Opens, and Finding Matt, were originally conceived after reading newspaper articles.

When One Door Opens focuses on Caleb Klass, a housebound agoraphobic. I read an article about a woman who died in a fire in Chicago because she refused to leave the building. The woman was agoraphobic. I remember being so shocked and saddened by this article. Imagine a fear so great that it can override your instinct for self-preservation. I’d never considered agoraphobia could be life threatening. The article also made me think about my own experiences with panic attacks. I’ve been fortunate enough to have only two in my life, but they left a strong impression. There is actually a reference to the original article hidden in the novel.

The inspiration for Finding Matt is based on a real life kidnapping case that happened in my small town. The details for the case are completely different, but reading the articles helped me to understand how a small town handles these types of cases. Unfortunately, the case that compelled Paulo to leave the ISP is actually based on a real case. Reality can sometimes be far more horrifying than fiction.

On a happier note, Jaron’s Newfoundland dog, Bear, is based on a very sweet Newfie that meet.



In this excerpt from chapter 4, Paulo takes Jaron to the site of the kidnapping, a small park.


[Jaron] walked in a slanted line toward the road that separated the park from the hospital parking lot. After a couple of minutes, he stopped. Paulo didn’t need to look around to know they were at the edge of the hospital parking lot’s surveillance video. The very spot Matt disappeared. How the hell had Jaron found the location? His department hadn’t sent the video to the media, opting to send screenshots of Matt exiting the hospital instead since his visibility was better. Jaron must have connections in the hospital. Could someone in security have talked to him? It was doubtful Jaron had seen the footage. Officers had arrived at the hospital thirty minutes after Matt left his father’s side, and secured the footage immediately.

Paulo’s line of thinking derailed when Jaron stumbled. Arms flailing, Jaron would have fallen if Paulo hadn’t grabbed him.

“Are you all right?”

Jaron didn’t answer right away. His eyes were focused on something in the distance. Up close, Paulo could see a ring of gold around Jaron’s irises. The morning sun made his long, thick lashes look like white feathers.

Jaron blinked rapidly. “I’m okay… thanks.”

Paulo unhooked his arms from around Jaron’s waist and took a step back.

Jaron stepped on the road, causing Paulo to grab him again and yank him backward. A station wagon came within inches of clipping Jaron. “Jesus, watch where you’re going!”

Jaron looked chagrined. “Sorry, I don’t normally do this without Bear.”

Paulo stared at him. “The dog is in charge of making sure you don’t end up roadkill?”

Jaron patted him on the arm. “I’m sure you’ll do just as good a job.”

Paulo wasn’t sure whether to be offended by the comparison or not. Since Jaron seemed to take better care of his dog than himself, Paulo settled on feeling flattered that Jaron was trusting him.


 Finding Matt

Length: Novel (230p.) | Genre: Other Paranormal, Mystery/Suspense

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*****E-BOOK CONTEST*****

I will be giving away two e-books today. To enter, you need to ANSWER the question given on at least ONE of the five blog posts in order to get an entry. The more questions you answer, the better your chances of winning.

Each post has a question, just comment on the blog entries before 7:00 P.M. CST, and you could win a copy of When One Door Opens or my new release Finding Matt. Your choice of which one. If you’re the winner, Dreamspinner Press will have your book placed on your bookshelf. You will need to e-mail me the email address you use in the DSP store.

Post #4 Question: What inspires you? 

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9 Responses to “#4: JD Ruskin’s Finding Matt Blog Party: Ripped From the Headlines”

  1. Angela says:

    My inspiration is my oldest son who is 11 and is multipled disabled, but he is happy with just little things and that inspires me we should all be happy with what we got instead of always wanting more.

  2. Kimberley S says:

    I always find it interesting how others are inspired. I think it depends on what I am doing for how I get inspiration. I cover US and Entertainment news so the topic itself has to inspire me in general and then of course I use rewards as inspiration when I make my word count for an article or even to hit my quotas. A reward might simply be getting to read a new book or watch a program I want to catch up. There is also something about photography and art that acts as inspiration. So I guess it really depends on the mood.

  3. Denise Dechene says:

    I get inspired by that one person who makes a difference. It makes me want to do more.

  4. Susan says:

    I can be inspired by music, usually classical (David Garrett right now). Great outdoor beauty does it too (I live in the mountains, which can be awe-inspiring).

  5. Waxapplelover says:

    I don’t really do anything artistic like writing or drawing. But when baking I try to think of what would make the people I feed happy.

  6. Trix says:

    I like being inspired by big ideas (art, books, music) and little things (a good cup of coffee, a happy moment).

  7. Jen CW says:

    I’m inspired by a lot of different things. I’m inspired by people who manage to manage to do what I think are amazing things. I’m also creatively inspired when I bake.

  8. JJ says:

    Other people inspire me to be more thoughtful, kinder, exercise, etc.

  9. Carolyn says:

    I think when I get inspired the most it’s because of other people. I do my best when I’m motivated by the desire to delight someone else, from creating art to improving myself. I don’t do it for me, but I do in a way, because for me, there’s nothing better than making someone happy.

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