Conspiracy theories. When I say that, what do you think of? Elvis? JFK? The Boston bombings?
Last week, I spent time discussing plot ideas with author Lori Wilde. She’s a genius of the high-concept romance plot. I, on the other hand, lack the gene (or the muse) for that type of plotting. That’s why I was lucky to have her mentoring me for a new military romance series.
I had an idea for a heroine who is a conspiracy theory nut. Lori suggested I turn her into a debunker instead who comes across the one conspiracy theory she can’t debunk.
Aha! The light bulb went on. It took me no time to write up Amanda’s motivation and goal for the book, and put her right in my hero’s way. The conspiracy theory Amanda tackles for her TV show, The Bunk Stops Here, involves a rogue group of former special ops guys…and if she reveals they’re real, Ian, the hero, will have to kill her. Oops.
I’ve always enjoyed a juicy conspiracy theory, although I’m too logical to believe most. One of my sons loves to tell me the latest ones making the rounds on the internet, and we hash them out. Debunking them is just as fun and entertaining.
You can find some conspiracy theories that HAVE been proven true on various websites, but even those have a tinge of the unbelievable to me. Here’s one of the sites: http://truththeory.com/2013/02/15/5-conspiracy-theories-which-turned-out-to-be-true/ . See what you think.