If you have a subscription service to Hulu, take a look at a terrific crime drama based on true events called “Candy.” The American biographical limited series recounts real-life Candy Montgomery (played by Jessica Biel) accused of ax murdering her neighbor Betty Gore (played by Melanie Lynskey) on Friday the 13th, in Northern Texas, back in 1980. When the case goes to trial, we get a glimpse of what may have inspired the crime. My fan fiction is not about the crime but was inspired by a subplot in episodes 1 and 2.
The subplot is about a foster child named David. Betty Gore, a home wife (because of an incident) wanted a son to keep her and her daughter from feeling lonely when Alan, her husband, went away from home on long business trips. For a reason not explained, David becomes rebellious in a cursory period of time, causing Betty the emotional stress of abandonment. When Alan returns from business, Betty tells him to send David back to the orphanage because she and her daughter are unhappy having him around. Alan brings him back and tells his wife that “it was a bad fit.” That was the end of the subplot but I was inspired by the story and decided to write about what happened to David after he left the Gore family.
As I continue the story, we find out David wants to be called Raymond Woodrow McCleary or just Woody. He has a genetic disorder that makes him unusually tall and strong for his age. My flash fiction recounts what he remembers about his birth mother, adopted mother, and foster mother as he navigates life. The story is called “Woody.” It drops in tomorrow’s post!
How I became inspired to write fan fiction based on “Candy” I mentioned in yesterday’s post “Writing Ideas Come From Anywhere.” Be sure to take a look. I hope it inspires you to write a fresh new story or have fun as I did penning fan fiction.