Whodunnit – definition: a narrative dealing with a murder or a series of murders and the detection of the criminal
This is one genre I have not yet delved into but there is always time! As a British native the author who comes to mind for me is, of course, Agatha Christie. She wrote 80 detective novels, which in anyone’s books is a lot. There was a formula to her work but it did not deter hundreds of faithful readers from buying her books as well as inspiring numerous TV series and movies. With numerous ‘red herrings’, twists and turns that kept her readers guessing, Agatha was a master of her genre. It is believed she enjoyed reading the genre so wrote ‘what she knew’ to some extent.
As most of you know I’m not restricted to one genre, having written children’s fiction, romance, speculative fiction and fantasy. I enjoy exploring the differences each genre possesses. Who knows maybe one will ‘click’ with me and I will find my favored genre – or not! Even Agatha wrote other genres, such as romances under the pen name Mary Westmacott and also the famous long running play, The Mousetrap.
Testing out various genres is a good way to find our true voice as a writer. Some may not appeal of course so don’t waste your time struggling with those. Sometimes an idea grows into a particular genre without us consciously driving it one way or the other – these are the fun ones.
Pastiche – definition: 1) a literary, artistic, musical, or architectural work that imitates the style of a previous work; 2) a. an artistic composition made up of selections from different works. b. a confused mixture.
Please welcome Marcia..she is an author of thrillers and is following in the footsteps of her literary heroes.
Of the characters you have created or envisioned, which is your favorite & why?This is difficult but I would say DCI John Meredith. Good looking, intelligent, and a little bit naughty which I love, but unpredictable, arrogant, and a little bit naughty which I shouldn’t, but he does draw women in. Do you favor one type of genre or do you dabble in more than one?
Crime thrillers and murder mysteries are my favourite, I have dabbled elsewhere, but not yet for publication. What do you enjoy most about writing?
The escapism, the ability to be in any situation anywhere in the world with anyone you choose. I also thoroughly enjoy the challenge of having several storylines that either come together or overlap.
What reward do you give yourself for making a deadline? Another glass of wine … but more seriously the relief is reward enough.
Have you got a favorite place to write?
The small back bedroom overlooking the garden, its compact but when I look up I can see trees! Do you plan your stories, or are you a seat of the pants style writer?
I always know how they will begin and end, just not sure about the middle bit. So I’d say a seat of the pants. What inspires your stories?
Misplaced Loyalty was a television news item, Ill Conceived was a newspaper article, and Murderous Mishaps was based on true stories and gossip. The Wrong Shoes is therefore worrying I have no idea where it came from. Do you nibble as you write? If so what’s your favorite snack food?
I don’t as a rule, don’t like sticky fingers on the keyboard, but if I’m writing in the evening and it goes past nine o’clock I have been known to have a glass of red.
What are you currently reading?
Since publishing Misplaced Loyalty I find I have had little time to read, but I managed to get through twelve of my ‘to read’ list on a recent holiday. The two at the top of my list now are by fellow indie authors, One Pair of Rose Colored Glasses by Shay Ray Stevens, and from Beer to Eternity by Bill Carson. I’m looking forward to both.
With no financial limits where would you vacation and why?
Anywhere exotic that I have yet to visit due to the cost. I love Cuba a beautiful country with beautiful people, it’s like stepping back in time. I would also tour America, Chicago, New England and Seattle being top of the list. Do you have any odd habits?
No odd habits, a few bad ones, but I don’t think they’re odd, unless knowing that you are doing something that damages you is odd!! I intend to give up smoking AGAIN this year. Do you have any pets?
As a family we always had a dog. We now have a house bunny! My daughter has recently moved back home for work and brought her new pet with her. Sketch has taken over the household and is very cute if a tad destructive. My husband dotes on him. Do you belong to a writing group? If so which one?
I used to go to a local group but it doesn’t match my working hours, (the type where you leave the house and go to an office). So not anymore, which is a shame as I loved it. What age did you start writing stories/poems?
I started writing stories almost as soon I could write, but as I got older life and babies got in the way, I’m glad to be back. Do you have a book published? If so what is it called & where can readers purchase it?
I have three – I have listed them below with the links for US and UK.
If you could meet one favorite author who would it be and why?
Agatha Christie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Blimey that’s a long list, but I suppose Agatha Christie would be near the top. I’d love to know where she got her inspiration for so many wonderful characters, and great plots to go with them.
If you could live anywhere in the world – where would it be?
Ideally somewhere warm, overlooking a beautiful beach and the sea. Menorca would fit the bill. In reality I doubt I would ever leave England, so perhaps one day a holiday home…. What’s your favorite movie of all time?
Just as with books, I don’t think it’s possible to have only one, therefore based on genre. Musical: West Side Story. Romance: Love Story. Tear jerker: The Green Mile/The Bucket List. War: The Deer Hunter. Not to mention all the Godfather films and …. Where can readers find you ?
Do you have plans or ideas for your next book?
I am currently working on the third in the Meredith & Hodge series the working title being The Wrong Shoes. Who is your best supporter/mentor/encourager?
First has to be my poor often abandoned husband, Geoff, closely followed by my editor Steph at edit-my-book.com