My mystery, the one that got me an agent, is currently on submission to several New York publishing houses. Yays or nays are forthcoming, probably around the first of July.
So what's a writer to do while waiting?
The advice I've gotten--and I think it's sound--is to start working on something new. I don't want to start a second book in the mystery series, because if book #1 doesn't sell there won't be a book #2 in that series.
So I'm brainstorming.
A couple of weeks ago, I was talking to a friend at my "day" job. She's a big Survivor
fan (the only remaining one, I think), and I said, "They should make a show where they play for real. "
She said, "Ooh! Yeah. You should write a book about that."
So I wrote up a brief synopsis:
Twelve select death row inmates. A tiny remote land mass. Dozens of cameras mounted on electrically-charged towers.
The last man living wins.
In 2019, reality TV is back. This time they’re playing for keeps.
Broadcasted live, 24/7, Survival Island is a big hit. Ratings are through the roof.
Then one day the channel goes black.
A law enforcement crew, sent to investigate, discovers that the finalists--two of the most notorious serial killers in history--have somehow escaped.
Bodies of identical twins start showing up in north Florida, with the contestants’ unmistakable signatures. Have the killers joined forces? Have they, in essence, become one maniacal bloodthirsty mind?
The hunt is on--with a five million dollar reward--but Dr. Michael Caldwell isn’t in it for the money.
His daughters are missing.
I showed it to a writer friend, and he sent me this link
I'd never heard of the movie, and it amazed me that someone had stolen my idea. :)
It just goes to show, with so many creative minds in the universe, it's not unusual for two or more people to come up with the same premise.
Long before The Da Vinci Code
became a publishing phenomenon, an author named Lewis Perdue wrote this
. Dan Brown claims he never heard of Perdue or his work, and I believe him. At any rate, Brown and his publisher beat the plagiarism charges in court.
That's the thing. You can't really copyright an idea. If I wanted to go ahead and write Survival Island
, I could. But what would be the point?
I have another thriller idea, but I'm keeping it to myself for now. I think it's pretty original, but who knows? Another author or screenwriter might be working on the same thing. Or, maybe it has already been written and just not become well-known, Like Lewis Perdue's book.
I need to hurry up and write it before the movie comes out. :)