Monday, May 27, 2013

Monday Mailbox ~

Today is Monday, and I'm shuffling through all my emails and letters trying to pick which to answer here for a topic for this week. So many good ones to choose from. Decisions, decisions...Ah, here's a good one...

 I've often heard that writers write what they know and what they love or have an interest in, but you write everything from espionage to zombies to nonfiction about being a survivalist. Nobody can have that much that much knowledge. An Avid Fan

My response...
Dear Avid Fan,

Actually I do. I was born with an inquisitive mind and have degrees in a wide variety of subject matters. I love researching, finding out new things, and doing new stuff. That's just the way my mind clicks.

I pull from my own personal, real life experiences to write my novels. It gives my characters a depth that comes from fully understanding the character having walked in their shoes in real life. When I first started writing, I wrote strictly nonfiction because of this knowledge base. But actually when reading for pleasure, it was fiction I chose.

About ten years into my writing career, I thought I'd try my hand at writing fiction...a space opera. It sucked like terribly sour lemons. May that book, all 500 pages, stay hidden in a box under my bed forever. But that didn't deter me. I kept writing fiction as well as nonfiction. Writing fiction was a whole different animal than technical manuals, how tos, and nonfiction. I had to learn a whole 'nother craft. It took me another five years before I attempted another novel. That's an equivalent to a Bachelors degree and then some time wise.

I often say that death is the absence of learning. For me, it's true. I will always consider myself a student but never a master at anything. As far as a variety of topics for my novels go, I could pull from real life material to write a hundred novels or more. I write what I know. If I don't know it, I'll research it. One thing for sure, I will always write suspense to make you keep turning the page to see what happens next.

Keep those cards, letters, and emails coming. Who knows...maybe I'll pick yours to be spotlighted on this blog one day.

I love 'em and always will answer you back.

Keep writing and loving the Lord.

7 comments:

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Jo - we need to get our creative juices flowing to continue on writing .. I just enjoy my blogging and perhaps one day I'll do something slightly different - but for now I just write about things that interest me and that I think will interest my readers ...

Life is interesting and well worth living, as well as writing about .. with thoughts on this Memorial Day - Hilary

J.L. Murphey said...

I used to hate blogging and considered it a chore that had to done. Now I enjoy it. Yes, life is interesting.

Jeremy [Retro-Z] said...

i think we all need to follow that light that guides us each and every day.

S.P. Bowers said...

I think writers are just a curious bunch. That's why we write, so we can experience things.

J.L. Murphey said...

I agree with both of you, Jeremy and Sara

Shannon Lawrence said...

I research things, absorb people's stories. I love to do so. I enjoy history as much as literature. I always listen when someone tells me about their life. I wonder how many of us have that in common?

Shannon at The Warrior Muse

J.L. Murphey said...

Shannon, I think most writers do the same. Real life is so much more interesting.