How I developed my story
You Can’t Lose What You Never Had
Most writers look at this story as a mystery to be solved: Where did the mysterious winner go? Why? Is he dead? That’s the normal way, but as those who know me have already figured out, there is not a normal bone in my body. I wanted to know how the other people in his life were affected by his disappearance.
I mentally outlined the main characters, used Google Maps to find a workable location, and then traveled via my very warped imagination to the Arkansas side of the Louisiana-Arkansas border to meet the people and get to know their attitudes and lifestyles.
My first encounter was an oldtimer sitting on a bench near a small square. This story is the result of my interview; I am glad I stopped to talk with him.