Guest blogger: DB Tait
One of the unintended consequences of writing a lot, is a sedentary lifestyle. I am overweight. Seriously overweight. And yes, the amount of reading and watching Netflix I do, doesn’t help. I hate exercise and I’m lazy about cooking because I live alone.
I’m planning a trip to the US later this year to see my sister, and after a recent trip to Queensland, I realised I need to lose weight. A lot of weight. I won’t be fit enough to schlep bags around America if I don’t shed some kilos.
So I decided to do the Michael Mosely eight-week blood sugar diet.
Before you roll your eyes and stop reading, this is not a post about diets, which would be very boring. It’s about the strange bits of research and knowledge that writers come across in their day and store away for a future story.
Side note: this post is also not an advertisement for the Blood Sugar Diet. I decided to do it after some research. If you want to lose weight, do your research and talk to your doctor.
Losing weight is one of those difficult things that is easy to abandon. I decided to keep myself accountable through, you guessed it, a blog. I’m tracking my daily progress with eating as a way to keep myself motivated.
But it’s a boring blog if it’s only that. So I’ve included in each post the bits and pieces that catch my eye during the day.
It’s turned out I’m developing a record of all the stories I come across that I might use in future novels.
Like this story about acromegaly. Apparently the actors who played Jaws in the James Bond movies and Lurch in the Addams Family both suffered from this condition. When I read that, my mind immediately went to the possibility of a character whose appearance was so altered, no one recognised him. Good for a villain.
Or one of my favourite blogs Eye Prefer Paris on window boxes. I’d love to set a super romantic story in Paris but as Deborah Tait who writes contemporary romance, not DB Tait, who’s a bit darker.
Story ideas come out of nowhere so it’s good to be prepared. When I wrote Cold Deception, my first flash of an idea was seeing an image of a solitary woman walking down the long tree-lined driveway of Emu Plains Correctional Centre, suitcase in hand. Who was she, where was she going and most importantly, what had she done?
To celebrate (or commiserate, depending on your outlook) my new-found determination to lose weight, it’s give away time! Leave a comment below and you’ll go into the draw for an ebook copy of Cold Deception. The giveaway closes on 8 May. (The giveaway is now closed. The winner was Jay H.)
Julia Taylor went to prison for murdering a man who deserved it. Ten years later, she’s ready to put the past behind her and get on with her life. But someone won’t let her. Someone will do anything to drive Julia away, including murder.
As the body count rises, Julia is forced to accept the help of Dylan Andrews, a cop with dark secrets of his own. Unfortunately help has a cost. Dylan is digging into Julia’s past, uncovering secrets she is desperate to keep.