Shannon here: Debbi Migit shares how being surrounded by twins and having double cousins inspired debut novel. Heads up, this is one of my editing babies. Comment or answer the question at the end of any post dated Feb 2nd – 5th to enter the drawing for a copy. Winner’s choice or e-book or print. Deadline: Feb 13th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Debbi:
Authors are encouraged to ‘write what you know’. Since truth is usually stranger than fiction, we can often draw from a very deep well.
In my Justice, Montana series, Jess and Cole are childhood friends who discover their feelings have deepened. But when Cole’s brother, Deputy Sheriff Nick McBride, arrests Jess’s sister, Sly, for a crime she didn’t commit, things really get complicated.
The concept of brothers dating sisters may be an odd one to most people, but for me, it’s always been part of my life. When my mom was twelve years old, she and a friend stopped at the local drugstore for a soda after school one day. There she met a fourteen-year-old boy named Paul, and they soon discovered they had something in common. Paul’s older brother, Chuck, was dating Mom’s older sister, Bonnie.
Within a year, Chuck and Bonnie were married. Seven years later, so were my parents. I grew up thinking most people had ‘double cousins’, which I was told was the
technical term for Chuck and Bonnie’s three sons.
So, it was very natural for me to incorporate that scenario into the Justice, Montana series. I actually didn’t even plan it, Nick just walked into the scene, introduced himself to me, and Sly’s fate was sealed.
Of course, I also thought every family had multiple sets of twins, too. After all, my grandmother was a twin, my brother, Dave, and I were twins, and some of our closest playmates were our twin cousins, Lisa and Lindsay, who were just three months younger. Years later my brother, Scott, had twins, as did our cousin, Kristina. The sixth set of twins was born into our family seven years ago. In total, I’ve had close relationships with twelve sets of twins in my lifetime.
Again, real-life impacted my writing. In September Shadows, Janey and Joey are four-year-old twins who give Jess’s best friend, Grace, all kinds of trouble. In fact, Cole says the twins don’t need a babysitter, they need a corrections officer. Janey and Joey’s antics were inspired by stories I’d heard about my friend’s two sets of twins who were born a year apart. I’m beginning to wonder if there is something in the water of central Illinois. 😊
Real-life has definitely impacted my fiction writing. In a future book, you can expect to see a stalker theme since I lived that reality for three years. And if 2020 gave me anything, at least I no longer worry if my plotline is too improbable!
About Debbi: Award-winning author and speaker, Debbi Migit, lives in central Illinois, surrounded by pumpkin patches and corn fields. Her first book, Child of Promise, is the true love story of a family formed through adoption. After ten years of infertility, Debbi and her husband, Phil, were just months from adopting when God said, “Not this way.” Child of Promise is the story of audacious faith resulting in multiple miracles; it encourages readers to remember their own promises and believe again.
She has won multiple awards and contests, writing stories that are filled with faith and hope. She loves to share personal anecdotes about God’s faithfulness, infusing her talks with authenticity and humor.
Debbi and Phil are the adoptive parents of Alex (31), Ethan (20), and Kate (19). The God-ordained spacing of their children offered the unique opportunity to parent a teen and two toddlers-at the same time. This is the season Debbi fondly calls the TNT years!
Debbi’s hobbies include reading, writing, and avoiding arithmetic. Her favorite color is turquoise, and she collects Trixie Belden books and typewriters. If playing Candy Crush was a paying gig, she would be rich.
Debbi’s new romance/suspense series begins with September Shadows, and is set in Montana. After the mysterious death of their parents, three young sisters are determined to stay together and make a new life for themselves. This new life includes faith-testing danger, adventure, and romance. Watch for the release of September Shadows in spring 2021.
About the book – September Shadows: After the sudden death of their parents, Jess Thomas and her sisters, Sly and Maggie, start creating a new life for themselves. But when Sly is accused of a crime she didn’t commit, the young sisters are threatened with separation through foster care. Jess is determined to prove Sly’s innocence, even at the cost of her own life.
Cole McBride has been Jess’s best friend since they were children. Now his feelings are deepening, just as Jess takes risks to protect her family. Can Cole convince Jess to trust him−and God−to help her?
Question for Reader: Do you have any double cousins or multiple sets of twins in your family?
Come back on Feb 5th for Part 2 with Debbi!