Saturday, January 12, 2008

Guns or roses?

"Why don't you write romances?" my husband asked me the other day. "Don't you love me?"

He didn't put it quite that way, but you get the idea.

It's a good question (the first one; the second one is easy), one that comes up often on conference panels.

Usually we say we want to bring order to a disorderly world, or we like puzzles and we're building and solving them in our mysteries. Some say we want to handle the stories with high stakes or expose the evil in the world or show how the good guys will always win.

How about you? Why do you write mysteries? Why do you read mysteries?


Annette said...

I don't know why I love to read mysteries. I certainly don't think I want to secretly kill anyone.

Kathryn Lilley said...

I think it's about bringing a sense of justice to the world, a sense of things being set right following a wrong, that's appealing about writing a mystery.

Anonymous said...

Aside from the fact that I'm related to a 5-star mystery writer, it is exciting to want to always read more ("I can't put down the book" syndrome) and relate to the protagonist, as well as the other characters that you start to love or hate. Then there's the big whodunnit question that one goes back/forth on all along. So, for me, no big philosophical analysis, just a pleasant, sometime hair-raising, read! xoxoxox