True Crime vs Fiction
Sunday, 5 Nov, 2017 - I've thought about it. How much easier would it be to write fiction? If I chose fiction, I could simply start with an outline and expand from there. Maybe do some character profiles to keep them sorted out as I write. Possibly do a little research depending on the subject. I could probably publish books a little quicker too. Over the last several years, I've found that time management is the key. Yes, I think it might be easier to do fiction. Doing true crime books involves a tremendous amount of research. If I were doing fiction, I think there would be much less to worry about. With that being said, I was in law enforcement for thirty years. I have made friends with some very notable people, and I literally have an endless supply of material. It only seems reasonable that I would write about what I know.
My first book, To Hell I Must Go, started as I was researching my great, great grandfather Jacob Rehle. He had served as the Ingham County Sheriff in 1897. As I was looking through old newspapers from that time period, I came across a news article about a vicious murder in Williamston, which was the town I grew up in. Thinking it would make a great book, the rest is history.
A Slayer Waits, my most recent book, really began in the 1960's as I was riding with my parents on M-52 in Ingham County. I recall them mentioning a barn as we passed a small farm and how an elderly couple had been murdered, their bodies hidden in the that barn. To be perfectly honest, I thought the killer had never been caught.
My true drive in writing books about true crime is that I know so many people who have been involved, in one way or another, in some rather notable local Mid-Michigan cases. They're a tremendous resource, so for now, I think I'll stick with what I know best.