Double Jeopardy — THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE STORY ( + Giveaway)

Welcome to the fifth of nine days of fun and excitement leading up to the book launch on January 7th. Over this time, you’ll learn more about the book, the characters, and, hopefully, me, too. If you missed the previous posts, check back. There’s a great recipe for biscuits and some fun insights into Zeke and Becky and the villain. Plus you can still leave a comment each day to get in an extra entry on the drawing.

If you make the biscuits, leave a comment and let us know how they turned out.

Now, on to the inspiration for the story.

Let me start with a tidbit about me: I love to travel. Doesn’t matter if it’s a day trip to the mountains, a long weekend to visit grands, or a mega-trip like the one we took last year where we drove to Atlanta Georgia, spent a week there at a ministry convention, then “swung by” Sturgeon Bay Wisconsin to see our daughters and grands on the way home to Denver.

Along with travel, I have discovered a love for history. But more about that tomorrow. When I travel, I look around and ask myself, “Would this be a good place to set a story?” Again, more about that the day after tomorrow.

In this case, the real inspiration for the story came in two forms. All of my previous books have taken place in other states than Colorado. I’ve written stories set in Maine, Wyoming, Arizona, New Mexico, Washington state, and on a cruise to Alaska. But never one set in Colorado. So I began looking around for a setting in the state where I live because—here it comes—I wanted to enter a writing contest for books set in Colorado. There are several in the state, all of which carry a certain amount of prestige. So, reason number one.

With that idea niggling around in my head, an editor contacts me and asks if I can write a western story with cowboys. Can I write a western story with cowboys? As Bob the Builder says, “Yes, we can.”

That got me thinking about characters and motivations, and Becky Campbell popped into my head. Along with a mystery, which I love. Zeke followed soon—a hero as strong as my heroine. But a man of faith, who will gently guide Becky into her own relationship with God.

A bad guy, a best friend, more trouble in the form of switched letters and accidents at the mine—I was always looking for a way to not just drive my heroine up a tree and out on a limb, but then I needed to start cutting that limb off.


I will randomly draw from all who leave a comment over the next nine days to win a print (US only) copy of Double Jeopardy. Which means, if you stop by every day and leave a comment, you’ll have nine entries.

Available at, and fine booksellers in your area.

Don’t forget to join us on Launch Day, January 7th, at our Facebook event to win more prizes: FB event

About Donna:

Donna lives in Denver with husband Patrick. As a hybrid author, she writes historical suspense under her own name, and contemporary suspense under her alter ego of Leeann Betts, and has been published more than 30 times in novellas and full-length novels. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Writers on the Rock, Sisters In Crime, and Christian Authors Network; facilitates a critique group; and teaches writing classes online and in person. Donna also ghostwrites, edits, and judges in writing contests. She loves history and research, and travels extensively for both. Donna is represented by Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary Management. Receive a free ebook simply for signing up for our free newsletter!



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Posted on January 3, 2020, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. It’s always interesting finding out where or how authors get their inspiration for a story.

  2. Who doesn’t love cowboys??

  3. Donna Schlachter

    Hi Betsy! Thanks for posting!

  4. Donna Schlachter

    I know, Trudy!! I agree!! =) Thanks for posting!

  5. conniepsaunders

    As I read how you had always set your stories in other locations, I thought about how we often think we need to take vacations in other states it even lands when there are so many places nearby. I am speaking about myself and my decision that I need to see more of Kentucky!

  6. Suzanne Norquist

    I love the idea of traveling to fun places and then setting a story there.

  7. Natalya Lakhno

    I love traveling too! Especially with a good book 😊

  8. GREAT book.

  9. Donna Schlachter

    Hi Connie! Yes, very true! So many great places right out our back door. Thanks for posting!

  10. Donna Schlachter

    Thank you, Suzanne, for stopping by and posting a comment! Blessings to you.

  11. Donna Schlachter

    Thank you so much, Barbara Kay!

  12. I so enjoy learning the backstory!

  13. Donna Schlachter

    Thank you, Caryl! I appreciate your comment!

  14. nice inspiration

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