Please join me in welcoming Melissa Koslin back to the blog today to chat about her new thriller, Never Miss – and Top 10 Story Ideas Inspired by 2020 That Need to be Written!
GENRE: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
RELEASE DATE: May 4, 2021
Former CIA sniper Kadance Tolle possesses a special set of skills and a rare pedigree. She comes from a family of assassins, and by saving Lyndon Vaile’s life she risks being found by them. Despite the danger, Kadance feels compelled to help Lyndon discover who is after him–and his research that seems to prove that the Ebola virus was manmade and is about to be weaponized.
With shadowy figures pursuing them and a Mastermind watching their every move, Kadance and Lyndon must scramble to stop an impending bioattack at the State of the Union address. But their warnings fall on deaf ears, and it becomes increasingly clear that there’s no one they can trust–except perhaps each other.
Strap in for a breakneck story that will have you up all night, hurtling toward the last page as the clock ticks and time runs out.
Top 10 Story Ideas Inspired by 2020 That Need to be Written
by Melissa Koslin, author of Never Miss
2020 was certainly an interesting year. If you read my new book Never Miss, you may wonder if perhaps it was inspired by 2020. It involves the threat of a global pandemic like the world has never seen, and there is an assault on the Capitol Building. HOWEVER, Never Miss was completed and in the publisher’s hands before 2020 dawned—I swear! And, no, I am not a seer or otherwise clairvoyant. And, no, 2020 was definitely not my fault! I am not taking responsibility for that mess.
I do believe there is a small bright side to 2020. Man, can we pull some good story ideas out of that crazy year! Here are the top 10 that I think need to be written…
- Global pandemic. Nope, I already did this one. Move on.
- Presidential transition. There was a lot of talk about the transition not being peaceful. What if there was an American election where the outgoing president refused to leave and harnessed our military forces. It’s happened in other countries, but we in the US are spoiled in our freedom and democracy. That would be really scary. What would our strong-willed citizens do?
- Closure of entire countries. England is not allowing its citizens to travel out of the country, many cities had curfews, and most states forced business and school shutdowns. What if that turned into a kind of imprisonment? And most of the people go mad from the isolation. Sounds dystopian.
- Quickest vaccine creation in history. What if there was a pandemic, and the hero has to smuggle the vaccine out of some secret lab?
- Attack at the Capitol Building. I wrote the thwarting of an attack at the Capitol, but the method used was also kind of an attack, just with no casualties. What if the attack we saw on our Capitol was much larger, an actual insurrection of our government? What if it was facilitated by a foreign government?
- Widespread rioting and looting. What if there was a centralized force behind it all that had dark aims of controlling the population through fear? What if the only places not directly touched were deeply rural, and one hero emerges from the back woods or the mountains to save the country?
- A separate country within our borders (CHAZ). They cut themselves off from police and even medical help. What if some horrible disease broke out and killed everyone in the borders? And those that go in to clean up have to try not to bring it out to the rest of the population.
- Australian and California fires. Some people thought this was Biblical. The destroying of the world by fire. I think we still have a lot of good in the world, enough for God to let good people continue to live. But what if some nefarious group pretending to be Christian started fires across the world and claimed to be prophets?
- Leader of the free world “cancelled” by major tech companies. There is a lot of power in the media and tech companies. They can mold the way people think. That’s why totalitarian states like China and North Korea completely control the media in those countries. What if some foreign force secretly took over all our major media and tech outlets and methodically brainwashed the population?
- Murder Hornets. What a name. While according to my quick research, they can’t actually kill humans (unless that human has a severe allergy), we as writers can work with this. What if they caused something horrible like paralysis? What if they nest on those whom they’ve paralyzed, so if someone tries to help that person, they’ll almost certainly get paralyzed too? Then we have paralyzed people lying all over, helpless and slowly dying. Sounds like an Alfred Hitchcock story.
You know, it’s kind of scary living in a writer’s mind. We’re always thinking of these horrible situations. But we also get to create the heroes, people who fight and voluntarily suffer for good. That’s my favorite part.
Melissa Koslin is a fourth-degree black belt in and certified instructor of Songahm Taekwondo. In her day job as a commercial property manager, she secretly notes personal quirks and funny situations, ready to tweak them into colorful additions for her books. She and Corey, her husband of twenty years, live in Jacksonville, Florida, where they do their best not to melt in the sun. Find more information on her books at MelissaKoslin.com.
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What about you? What makes you want to read Never Miss by Melissa Koslin? (and/or) Is there a good suspense plot from 2020 that you think needs to be written?