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Is It Dangerous Being A Romantic Suspense Author?
2/27/2012 2:51:57 PM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]

Occupational dangers. :)
The question came up on JUST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE..."Is there danger involved in being a Romantic Suspense author?"

Given the nature of the beast there will be danger in researching the suspense aspects of the book. I was recently invited to go to a shooting range for a better understanding of the mechanics of a gun. Taking into account that I have zero percent coordination, it was in my best interests to NOT handle a gun and stick to the old-fashioned method of research. I also try to avoid personal interviews with anyone that might remotely resemble Hannibal Lecter. 

It is dangerous for a suspense writer to become too immersed in their work. We all need to sit back at some point, eat a cookie, stare out the window at the sunny day, and remind ourselves that we are not knee-deep in mayhem. 

But as you are typing, and your heroine is walking down a street at night, and the sound of a boot striking blacktop sneaks up behind them...who's nerves are elevated at that point? Your heroine? As real as you make her, she is still a character on paper. It is you who hears that boot. And that is no different for the reader. The reader hears that boot...not the character. So already you're in danger of developing elevated blood pressure. Fortunately we're talking about Romantic Suspense, in which case some hot guy will come along and make it all better. :)

Yes, there is danger in Romantic Suspense. But there is danger being a toll-booth collector too. We all need to sit back, eat a cookie and look at the sunshine and remind ourselves that we are safe and happy.


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More Blogs by Maureen A Miller
• HIGH TIDE - Friday, June 28, 2013
• Do You Look At The Stars? - Friday, May 24, 2013
• Science Fiction, Cows, and Romantic Suspense - Saturday, April 27, 2013
• Are You A Movie Crier? - Tuesday, March 12, 2013
• Inventing Worlds - Tuesday, January 29, 2013
• A Funny Thing Happened... - Wednesday, January 09, 2013
• Responsible Writing - Thursday, August 02, 2012
• A Day In The Life Of A Romantic Suspense Heroine - Friday, April 27, 2012
• Golden Heart Suspense - Saturday, April 14, 2012
• Interview With Mitch Hasslet from JUNGLE OF DECEIT - Wednesday, March 14, 2012
•  Is It Dangerous Being A Romantic Suspense Author? - Monday, February 27, 2012  
• Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes? - Saturday, December 31, 2011
• Just Romantic Suspense - Friday, October 28, 2011
• Grandma - Thursday, September 15, 2011
• Life On The Treadmill - Tuesday, September 13, 2011
• What do 9/11 and Jungle Of Deceit have in common? - Friday, August 19, 2011
• Haunted Houses - Wednesday, July 13, 2011
• RWA Conference - Wednesday, July 06, 2011
• What If Your Book Became A Movie? - Saturday, June 25, 2011
• Sample Sunday - ENDLESS NIGHT - Tuesday, May 31, 2011
• Thirsty for Knowledge - Saturday, May 21, 2011
• Meteor Strategy - Tuesday, April 12, 2011
• Romantic Suspense Excerpt - WIDOW'S TALE - Thursday, April 07, 2011
• Romantic Suspense Snippet - WIDOW'S TALE - Wednesday, March 16, 2011
• BORROWED TIME BLOG - Monday, March 07, 2011
• Romantic Suspense in the Adirondacks. - Sunday, February 27, 2011
• WIDOW'S TALE - Snippet - Wednesday, February 23, 2011
• BORROWED TIME - Snippet - Tuesday, February 15, 2011
• CONFERENCES - Wednesday, February 09, 2011
• Cliche - Thursday, January 20, 2011
• Blustery Romances - Saturday, December 18, 2010
• If I've done one thing in my life... - Wednesday, July 22, 2009
• East or (really West) coast? - Saturday, May 16, 2009
• Good morning, America - Tuesday, April 21, 2009

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