A while back, I asked my readers what they wanted to know about me. Well, it’s time to answer another one of those questions.
Tess Hilmo asked: “I'd like to know more about what specifically you write and maybe why you like to write that genre (you know, what influences your writing choices)”
Thanks for the great questions, Tess. I started writing short stories for children and then moved to YA romance novels. Those were back in the days when I was in high school or when I taught junior high, so I was involved in the lives of young people. After I quit my teaching job, married my husband, and moved to the US, I felt I was finally adult enough to write what I read: romantic suspense.
I’ve played around with different styles and finally discovered my voice is a lot darker than I’d expected. Unfortunately, that means starting over with my current manuscript since the killer wasn’t sick enough and wouldn’t be able to become more psycho because of a backstory and character issue. In any case, while there’s more work involved in re-writing a good portion of my story, I really like this new version better. It’s so much closer to what I read and love.
Why am I choosing to write the darker, edgier romantic suspense? Maybe I’m a little demented myself. You should see my home library. It’s filled with true stories about murders and there’s a whole section on serial killers. I’ve just always been fascinated with the psychopaths of the world. What makes them tick? How do they get away with the horrible things they do for so long? Even the TV shows I watch are crime based. One of my favorite shows is Criminal Minds which is about FBI profilers. If I could go back, I’d consider that profession. Or maybe not. It’s much safer to become a profiler in a novel than in real life, right? Actually, in order to write about a serial killer, I really need to have an understanding of what he’d do if he were in the situations I put him in. So, in a way, I have to profile him before I write his story.
What about you? What genre do you write and why? Do you have any questions you’d like me to answer? Ask away.