It is amazing how the same news story can spark ideas for books in two different authors. I read the same news story as Nancy Morse and we both wrote a book inspired by the story. My book is Mr. Right’s Baby. Hers is This Child Is Mine. And strangely, both our heroines have the same name although our stories are very different.
Here’s my book and blurb:
He wants to marry her for all the wrong reasons. If she finds out what they are, she just might walk awayforever…
He wants to find his child. Carly was put up for adoption without his knowledge or consent, and Adrian Wright is determined to get her back. What he doesn’t count on is an unexpected attraction for her now widowed, adoptive mother, Katie Simmons. But Adrian worries that the attraction he feels is more for his daughter than for Katie.
Even more worrisome is how Katie will react when she finds out that the man who has been courting her is her daughter’s natural father. Will she think he only wants to marry her to get his daughter without a lengthy court battle?
In my book, the hero is 1/4 Comanche and he would be able to use his tribal connection to get his daughter back.
And here is Nancy’s:
I’m often asked where I get ideas for my books. THIS CHILD IS MINE came from an article I read many years ago about a custody battle between a white woman and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The child’s mother was an alcoholic and couldn’t care for her, so she signed custody over to the child’s father and his non-Indian wife. Over the years the tribe showed no interest in the child, not even to have a hole in her heart repaired. But when the father died, things changed. Suddenly, the tribe was concerned that without him the child would have no tribal influence in her life and sued to get her back among her people. I often wondered what became of that case, and since I never saw any follow-up, I decided to write a book about it and give it my own resolution.
Kate Sommers will do anything to keep her adopted daughter, even if it means moving to Standing Rock Reservation and complying with ancient tribal tradition by marrying her late husband’s brother. Russ Night Horse doesn’t want a wife. The Lakota rancher likes his solitary existence training draft horses. But his growing feelings for the outspoken white woman and the little girl threaten his resolve to remain uninvolved. The solution brings unintended consequences when the child is kidnapped and Kate and Russ race against time to find her…and find secrets and love along the way.
Do you know of a book inspired by a news story? Have you written one?