Double Indemnity Release Party: Inspiration and the Writing Process

January 27, 2015

Now that you’ve got an idea of what Double Indemnity is about, I’ll tell you a little bit about my inspiration and the writing experience.

Do you ever see an interesting building or house and wonder about its history? In the previous excerpt from the novel, you saw Sam arrive at the Walkers’ property and muse about his clients’ life in the country.

Running is one of my favorite pastimes. I used to do a lot of country routes on windy, seldom-traveled roads when my husband and I lived in New England. About two years ago, I encountered a gorgeous converted farmhouse surrounded by an overgrown apple orchard. There was a For Sale sign on the edge of the property, and from the waist-high grass and weeds around it, it looked like it had been there for quite a while.

I found myself wondering about the house later in the day. Of course, there was probably an ordinary reason why it was on sale—maybe the family moved for a job, maybe they couldn’t afford the upkeep—but the property was so lonely and beautiful, my imagination got carried away. In my mind, there was a sinister reason no one wanted to buy the house. And so the seed of this novel was planted.

It germinated over the next year, and I went through several drafts until I finally had the story I wanted to tell. Because the plot was more intricate than anything I’d written before, I had to work out every detail to ensure there were no plot holes. I think I rewrote the outline at least ten times. I find it impossible to write with any noise, even music, and sharing a small one-bedroom apartment doesn’t afford much privacy. Keeping the mystery engaging while focusing on the romance was another tricky hurdle to overcome. Luckily I have several friends who kindly read this novel again and again until we were all happy with it. (There’s a special place in heaven for them.) In sum, it was the most intensive editing and writing process I’d experienced to date.


If you write, where do you find inspiration? As a reader, what do you find most inspiring in fiction? Which authors do you admire the most (m/m or otherwise)?

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9 Responses to “Double Indemnity Release Party: Inspiration and the Writing Process”

  1. Angela says:

    I love to read i love to find a story that keeps me hooked and i picture everything, for example the house or the person in the book i see them in my head and even if i read the book several years later those pictures are still the same.
    I love Jaime Reese I just finished her book A hunted man, she also writes stories in a slow build up. I also like NR Walker, love the Red Dirt Heart serie.

  2. maggiemkavanagh says:

    @Angela, I’ve heard such great things about Red Dirt Heart, I’m very excited to read it. I’ve never read Jaime Reese either, so thanks for the recs!

  3. Susan says:

    I’m a fan of sci fi/fantasy, so great worldbuilding is what I admire most in fiction. This spills over to mysteries (such as yours!) and historical too. I love the series by JLHawk and KJCharles.

  4. maggiemkavanagh says:

    @Susan, I’m with you there! Love Jordan Hawk and KJ Charles both!

  5. Waxapplelover says:

    I love most genres. What I like most about a lot of M/M fiction is the love that can conquer all, despite everything that is thrown in its path. (Yes, I’m an admitted HEA lover.) I often wonder what inspires the writers to come up with the worlds or just the situations that they write about, so I enjoyed your post.

  6. maggiemkavanagh says:

    @Waxapplelover, I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I, like you, am a sucker for a good HEA. The interesting part is how the characters get there. Thank you for stopping by!

  7. H.B. says:

    I read a lot of scifi and fantasy so I love to see a lot of world building/cultural building.

  8. maggiemkavanagh says:

    @H.B. I’m with you; when it comes to scifi and fantasy, dynamic world building is key.

  9. Liz Keysmash says:

    I DO THIS ALL THE TIME. Especially with people. I’m on public transportation a lot, and I like to make up lives for the people around me, stories about their day and who they might be texting, what they’re listening to or reading or thinking about.

    So cool to see the actual house that inspired the Walkers’!

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