It’s the Details That Make Fiction Real

116_0343 color 4x5 - Copy2by Brenda Whiteside, guest blogger

The fun is in the details. That’s how I felt when writing the third book in my Love and Murder Series. Authors are always asked where they get their ideas. Although each book in the planned five book series is a standalone, A Legacy of Love and Murder finishes a storyline that began in book one.

But that isn’t what stands out for me about book three. This novel isn’t about any real people I know, and the story line is fiction, but there are numerous little things I plucked from my own life and weaved into the story.

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Hartmut’s alpine cabin

Here’s how I crept onto the pages of my own book. The story takes place in Austria which happens to be the favorite country that I’ve visited in Europe. The town of St. Veit is the setting along with a castle a short drive away. I have a friend who lives just outside the city and took me to the castle. My friend’s name is Hartmut. The deceased grandfather of my heroine, August, is named Hartmut. My birthday is in August. August owns an art gallery in Tucson, Arizona. I was an art major in college, and I found art history more interesting than actually creating art. August describes the hero, Tobias Wolf, as an Austrian James Bond…of the Sean Connery variety. Sean Connery is one of my favorite actors. The Neo-Nazi movement plays into the plot. Visiting concentration camp museums impacted me, and to think there are still Nazis in

Hartmut and his wife

Hartmut and his wife

Austria is chilling. August’s mother Lacy, the heroine of book one and a major character in this book, is half Native American. So is my mother. August loves a good latte. My husband calls me a coffee snob.

Yep, the fun was in the details when I wrote A Legacy of Love and Murder. This author loves to blend fact and fiction, my life and my imagination. There might be a few other tidbits in A Legacy of Love and Murder taken from my real life—but I can’t admit to some of it!




In Austria to meet her great-grandfather and explore his castle estate filled with priceless art, August Myer arrives to find he’s died suspiciously. As one of the heirs, her life is in danger, turning this fairytale Alpine adventure into a nightmare of unexplained accidents, neo-Nazi threats, and murder.

Inspector Tobias Wolf splits his time between his profession and fighting the spread of neo-Nazism. But when the beautiful, intriguing American crosses his path during a murder investigation, ensuring her safety challenges his priorities…and his heart.

When August learns the handsome inspector’s involvement with a major female Nazi is more than he’s admitted, and the death of her great-grandfather is somehow connected, she takes the investigation into her own hands. The outcome could be the death of both of them.

A Legacy of Love and Murder and books one and two in the series are available in both print and eBook formats.

Brenda and her husband are gypsies at heart having lived in six states and two countries. Currently, they split their time between the prairie in Northern Arizona and the RV life. At home or in the RV, she spends most of her time writing stories of discovery and love entangled with suspense.

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