Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Wednesday Writerly Way ~ Why I Write Suspense Fiction
So in this blog today we examine me and why I write suspense.
Having a grandmother, who was a librarian in a tiny Nebraska town, put the final nail in the coffin as my love for reading grew and was nurtured. No matter where we were in the world, birthdays were celebrated with books usually one of the Nancy Drew series.
As life if our life style of danger, suspense, and mortal fear in real life wasn't enough, I craved the action/adventure/suspense genre. To me it was normal life with a twist while other readers read them to get action/adventure/danger in their lives. So when I started writing poetry, my early attempts at writing, it was geared not at images of fluffy clouds and teddy bears, but evil things in life. Although I did tone it down when I wrote pieces for school.
He was a favored guest at many dinner parties and luncheons in Ceylon when I was there so I talked to him in moon eyed awe. I dreamed of writing science fiction one day. But I knew I could never write as well as him and it seemed an insult to try although he encouraged me to.
During my teenage years I continued to write teenage poetry of teenager angst and short stories. I continued to read but added Shakespeare and nonfiction to my reading repertoire. I loved the classics although I shied away from romances. If I read a romance it had to have a wicked twist to it like Romeo and Juliet.
To this day I'll read only a smattering of romance novels.
They have to have a twist like Anya Seton's Green Darkness or paranormal romance. It can't all be about girl finds boy, girl loses boy or overcome tremendous obstacles, and boy and girl live happily ever after. There has to be that twist. Historical significance or strange. I think that's why I read Nicholas Sparks. It's not all happy endings because real life isn't. I'm grounded that way.
In my young adult life there were other authors that influential in my writing career. There are many authors that live in the Golden Isles. I rub elbows with most of them. We bounce ideas off each other all the time. Most notably was Eugenia Price when she was writing her Lighthouse series and I was helping her with research. She was a neighbor of a great aunt in law. But even with her encouragement, I chose to write nonfiction to help others. Branching out into fiction was my choice for me. I chose suspense because that's what I loved best reading.
So why do I write suspense? It's the twists and turns within the novel. It's leading the reader down the primrose path and jerking them every which way but loose. I love putting the reader on a roller coaster blind folded. Just as I like to read. It's my own, personal, long lasting love affair in reading so isn't it natural for me to write it?
Now for the plugs and examples of my roller coaster ride blindfolded in writing.
In The Sacrificial Lamb, you are told who the murderer is right up front, but the roller coaster comes ride takes off from there in proving his guilt. This was told through the eyes of a child and the only witness. Another nice twist. What's a child to do when the killer want her silenced permanently?
In the Zombie Apocalypse series, or it will be when I finish writing them, it's about survival against the zombie horde. If it didn't have zombies it would be in the medical or eco-friendly suspense genre because it it is almost totally about self-sufficiency. What's a small group to do when the odds are stacked against them?
This book is my best seller so far out stripping my others by hundreds of copies sold ensuring a royalty check each month or quarter in the self-publishing arena. All of my novels contain the unexpected twists and turns just like my real life. The reader gains seconds to gain their breath before I put them in a loop-de-loop on the roller coaster. Although my real life is not so dangerous anymore, I have plenty of skeletons in my closet to write about for the next hundred books, if I live that long.
Even my nonfiction has elements of suspense if not suspenseful humor. While my current WIP takes a serious switch from my norm and it is strictly the humorous look at stroke recovery, it's not without some suspense. I can't help it...I'm a suspense fiction writer in all forms.
So as you can see my past echoes my present. While many writers write what they know and love, I bring an element of truth to my fiction works my life experiences. That's what separates me from other suspense writers.
Did it really happen? Could it really happen? Muhahah! Only I know for sure. I am the suspense with a soul writer!
Keep writing and loving the Lord.