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Guest Post: What If…? By Jackie Kabler

Today I’m brining you another fabulous guest post in celebration of the weekend blitz blog tour for Jackie Kabler’s brand new, “The Deadline”, which is already looking to be an absolute cracker of a novel! Jackie is talking all about her, ‘What if’s?’ in todays post and I hope this will make you think about yours, too! Don’t forget to scroll right to the end to grab all the important information about the book!


As a relatively new author (my first novel was released last year), I’m slowly starting to realise that the same questions crop up over and over again when you’re doing interviews, and that one of the most frequent is “where do you get ideas for your books/inspiration for your storylines?”. At first, I wasn’t really sure what the answer was (“they just sort of come to me” isn’t ideal!). But I think I’ve finally realised that for me, it’s all about “what if?”.

In my first book, The Dead Dog Day, TV reporter Cora Baxter goes to work one ordinary Monday morning, a morning which becomes a little less ordinary when her boss is murdered. Now, this is going to make me sound like a really terrible person, but when I was a TV reporter, on call 24 hours a day, there was definitely the occasional freezing winter morning when I imagined all sorts of gruesome things happening to my boss when I was yet again called out of bed at 2am and told to drive to Newcastle or Cornwall for a story. That grumpy little “what if” became the basis of my first novel, and got me a three-book publishing deal.

When it came to my latest novel, The Deadline, the inspiration came from my passion for listening to true crime podcasts as I drive to work. I’ve been obsessed recently by American podcasts Serial and Undisclosed (if you haven’t listened to them, I highly recommend that you do, they are gripping!), which feature cases of people jailed for crimes they (probably) didn’t commit. On one commute, I suddenly started wondering what it would be like to personally know someone in that position. “What if a friend of mine was charged with a murder they insist they didn’t commit?” I thought. That random thought became the storyline for The Deadline.

Letting my mind wander like this and coming up with various “what if?” scenarios has also provided the plot of my third Cora Baxter novel, plus an idea for a psychological thriller which I hope to write as soon as I can find the time. Of course, there are always the insecure writer “what ifs” too – “what if this idea is absolute rubbish?” and “what if everybody hates my new book?”. But that’s a whole other blog post…!

image1About the book
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Blurb: Cora Baxter is back – and this time, she’s facing the most important deadline of her career…

When TV reporter Cora Baxter attends the scene of a murder in a London park, she’s horrified to discover the victim is someone she knows – and devastated when one of her best friends is charged with the crime. Suddenly the fun-filled life of Cora and her eccentric camera crew takes a darker turn. Cora is convinced that her friend is innocent, but with seemingly solid evidence, the police investigation team – reluctantly led by Cora’s boyfriend DCI Adam Bradberry – believe the case is closed. With a trail of clues that leads all the way to New York, can Cora find out the truth before the trial begins – or is it already too late?

The Deadline is the second in the hugely popular Cora Baxter Mysteries series by acclaimed broadcaster Jackie Kabler.

About Jackie Kabler
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Bio: Jackie Kabler worked as a newspaper reporter and then in television news for twenty years, including nearly a decade on GMTV. She later appeared on BBC and ITV News, presented a property show for Sky, hosted sports programmes on Setanta Sports News and worked as a media trainer for the Armed Forces. She is now a presenter on shopping channel QVC and has a three-book deal with Accent Press for her Cora Baxter Mysteries, a series of murder mysteries set in a television newsroom.


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  1. This is exactly the way my ideas come and they keep on coming throughout the development of the plot as little eureka moments that occur and just slightly (or occasionally, quite majorly), swing the course of the story. Sometimes I get to a point where I know a eureka moment is needed but it hasn’t come and then I know I am in for some long walks and maybe to move on and work on another area in the book. These ideas will only present themselves in their own, good time!

  2. This is a really interesting way to come up with ideas! I guess subconsciously I probably do the same, but this is more specific than I’ve ever thought 🙂

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