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Snow day inspiration

Indian Lake native publishes his first full length novel 

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While he now lives in sunny Southern California, Indian Lake native and author Cutter Slagle said it was on a bitterly cold snow day years ago in Ohio that provided the inspiration to start his first novel.

Boredom had set in on that particular winter day, so the then-Indian Lake Middle School student grabbed a legal pad and a pen to start writing down his ideas for a new suspense thriller.

Although the story has changed in some aspects after editing during the past 15 years, his debut novel, The Next Victim, was published Oct. 27 by Doce Blant Publishing based in Dana Point, Calif.

“Back when I was 12 or 13 years old, it was something that helped keep me entertained on a cold day,” the 2006 Indian Lake High School graduate said. “I worked on revamping the characters throughout high school and college — tightening it up quite a bit after gaining more writing experience — but the basic plot has stayed the same.

“I’m so excited that it is now in print; it feels like it can’t be real. It’s a dream come true.”

The book is available to order online in hardback edition through, Barnes &, his Web site,, and his publisher’s Web site, The book cover was designed by Mr. Slagle’s stepfather, Bellefontaine Examiner graphic artist Steve Smith.

A son of Lee Ann Smith of Bellefontaine and Gary Slagle of Indian Lake, Mr. Slagle said the  book also will be available in a few weeks at his mother’s business, Lu’s House of Fit, 8200 State Route 366, Russells Point, and at family friend Jan Grandi’s business, Reflections Hair Design, 224 E. Main St., Russells Point.

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