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The origins of


Blood in the wine                                             by

John Gavin


The plot for the thriller, Blood in the wine came about unexpectedly. This is how is happened.


On July 6, 2001, Bill Clifton, a newspaper publisher in North East Oregon and formerly of San Francisco, asked the author in Australia to write a fictional story that could be serialised to run in three or four issues of a publication.


A suggestion for the plot was that it include murder in the wine country, a rich and beautiful female together with money, intrigue and corruption. The plot needed to be plausible and it could be adapted from material preserved in files, memory or generally taken from the author’s background.


The main task of editing fell on David Doeltz in Santa Cruz, California. On September 17, 2001, the final chapter was finished and George Green in San Francisco completed his introduction to the novel.


Additional research into the wine industry was not necessary to write the story. For some time, The Washington Wine Monthly had been supplied with articles about the industry in Australia. This all proved to be good background knowledge to use in “BintheW.”  At one stage after 30,000 words or so, a suggestion to wind-up the story was greeted with expressions of horror from America. The small group of publishers/editors were enjoying it too much.


Australian readers of Blood in the wine may find Australian idioms are unnecessary but they are asked to remember that it was written essentially for American tastes. Writing Blood in the wine was an enjoyable task.  In actual fact (Publishers and Agents please take note) a sequel has already been started.


Perhaps, someone out in cyber-space (Maybe even a Publisher or an Agent) will read this and discover that a plot for a story can come about in the simplest way imaginable. For instance, Dan Brown developed the plot for Digital Fortress after American Secret Service Agents visited the college where he was teaching. A student had used e-mail to express to his mates a dislike for the then President, Bill Clifton. The Secret Service had to establish that the “threats” did not breach National Security.




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