Morgan: Morgan Hannah MacDonald writes Romantic Thrillers that are NOT for the faint of heart. She has always been interested in writing and serial killers, but it wasn’t until she found she had actually dated one herself that a true writer was born. She belongs to Romance Writers of America, the San Diego Chapter, as well as the Kiss of Death Chapter. She resides in San Diego, California where she is busy working on her next novel.
Morgan: SANDMAN is the story of a woman who has been targeted by a serial killer. The killer is someone she has dated. Unfortunately, it is not known if this man is someone she is dating now, or someone from her past.
The idea for SANDMAN was inspired by my own realization that I had dated a serial killer. When I found out I was shocked, of course, but at the time I didn’t know just how fortunate I was to have survived. I just thought; Wow, I’m lucky he wasn’t crazy when I dated him! In denial much? So while I was getting ready for this blog tour, I googled his name to check on the date he was apprehended. I was right, it was my birthday 1998. There was an extensive article about him and as I read it, I was blown away. He did have a troubled past. He was discharged from the Marines in the 1980’s for mental problems. Eight years prior to our brief relationship he had been arrested for the brutal rape and beating of a prostitute. The case was dropped due to lack of evidence. And his killing spree began three short years after we broke up.
Morgan: Oh, I’m a pantster for sure. I never know where my characters are taking me. I have a general idea about an outline for the story before I begin, but what happens in between is anyone’s guess.
Morgan: Meagan McInnis, the heroine of SANDMAN, is loosely based on me. I say loosely because I gave her the looks I wish I had and she’s much healthier. I don’t get up at six in the morning and jog along the beach! *grin* But her personality is pretty much mine. Also, her misadventures in dating are all inspired by true stories. So when you read SANDMAN, don’t go thinking that all those things couldn’t happen to one woman, because they did- Including that icky boss of hers. In fact, I could fill a book on the crazy guys I’ve dated since my divorce. I wouldn’t even have to exaggerate to make it interesting! After all, how many women do you know have dated a serial killer? So when a woman tells me that she has lousy luck with men, I’ve just got to laugh. Seriously? I’ve got you beat sister. It’s no wonder I’m single, huh?
Don’t get me wrong, SANDMAN is a work of fiction, but I did borrow a couple of facts from the killer I had dated. I mixed them around and gave them to the different suspects in the book so that anyone familiar with his case wouldn’t know who the real killer was.
Morgan: First of all I’d have to say my father. If not for him, I’m not sure my writing would have gone from fantasy to reality. One weekend when I was visiting my parents, my father asked me what I would do if I ever won the lottery? I told him I would buy a cabin in the mountains and be a writer. He went to his office, pulled out his old laptop computer and handed it to me. Then he said, why wait? I went home and started writing the book that would become SANDMAN.
Thomas Harris’ Silence of the Lambs. Up until I read that book, back in the late 1980’s, I had not read anything that delved into the mind of a serial killer and I found it fascinating.
Patricia Cornwell’s Scarpetta series was a big influence on me. I enjoy how real her characters and stories are.
Karin Slaughter. Her books have grit and suspense. I think I identify mostly with her work.
Morgan: Broke out the champagne!
Morgan: My next book, SPIRITS IN THE TREES, will be released May 2012. This one has a serial killer also, but I’ve added ghosts to the mix.
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