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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Inspired by Real Life


I’m often asked—where do the ideas for stories come from? The inspiration for my latest novel, Not Bound by Blood, came by way of a short piece I came across while googling the internet. It told of sixteen-year-old Elizabeth Robinson being the first woman to win a gold medal in the 100 meter dash. Until the 1928 Olympics, athletics for women had not been on the program. As a member of the American relay team, she garnered a silver medal also.

I decided she would become one of my main characters in Not Bound By Blood. I wrote—close to authentic—about the discovery of Elizabeth’s talent by a high school coach. With his encouragement, she ran her first race on March 30, 1927. At her next race, she equaled the world record.

My character, Miriam Meyer, mimics the life of Betty, as she was known, to the extent she’s involved in a plane crash (just as Betty experienced the crash of a plane being flown by her cousin.)  Although given a slim chance of surviving, Betty’s strong spirit drove her recovery and she competed again in the 1936 Olympics to capture gold in the 4 X 100 meters relay race.  

You can read all the inspiring details of her life by going here: https://www.olympic.org/elizabeth-robinson.

If I've intrigued you enough to want to read my story, go to: https://www.amazon.com/Not-Bound-Blood-Gay-Ingram-ebook/dp/B01EQIJ7CS/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

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