I actually wrote the first chapter of this all the way back in 2005. Then I didn’t know where it was going so I set it aside and wrote what is now my first novel, Finding Claire Fletcher, which I finished in 2006. I returned to Aberration in 2007 and it took me two years to finish it. I started submitting it to agents when I finished it in 2009. I finally got an agent for both my books in 2010 and spent 18 months on submissions before both books were picked up by Sapphire Star Publishing.
What made me think of the idea for it was that when I was in college completing my undergrad degree, I lived for a time in this very small apartment. Since it was so small, there were not many places to lose things. But there was this period of time during my residence there that my personal items began to disappear—never to be found again. First it was my lucky blue hair scrunchy. Then it was two books I was reading for one of my English classes. I remember those the clearest because I had left them on the couch, left the apartment, and when I came back they were gone. I looked everywhere for them, tore my entire apartment to shreds (which didn’t take long). Then I retraced my steps for the two or three days before that. They weren’t at any of the places I had been. This was a problem because I needed them for a class. I ended up having to buy new copies, and I never did find those books. There were several other items that went missing. Nothing very big, just small things you might easily misplace.
Obviously, since I’m a crime writer, my first thought was that someone was sneaking in and taking these items. I was never able to catch anyone or find any evidence of this and eventually things stopped disappearing, but it got my mind working. I kept thinking, “What if you had this really benign stalker who never did anything to harm you but was always creeping around, keeping an eye on you?” Of course benign stalkers aren’t very entertaining, so I had to turn him from benign to very, very dangerous, i.e. serial killer dangerous. Couple that with the fact that I had been reading several true crime books by legendary former FBI profilers, and the premise for Aberration was born. A stalker turned killer with an FBI profiler to hunt him down!
Lisa Regan is a suspense novelist. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University. She is a member of Sisters In Crime. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter.
Her latest book is the crime thriller, Aberration.
Visit her website at www.LisaRegan.com.