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Responsible Writing
8/2/2012 3:22:42 AM

Romantic Suspense author, Maureen A. Miller
The grandeur and in your face quality of motion pictures is very impressionable. Visual impact on someone not mentally prepared to handle it can go askew. A prime example is youth. As a child I must have been in the living room to catch a glimpse of a scene on TV. A man was standing out in the snow in front of a ski chalet. He was throwing rocks at the upstairs window. When a woman came to the window, he shot her and there was blood in the snow. For months afterwards I would call my father to check my bedroom window at night because I swore I heard someone throwing rocks at it. 

As an adult I stumbled across that movie by recognizing the very same scene that plagued me as a child. It looked extremely cheesy and the ‘blood’ in the snow ended up being a spray-painted message by the killer. The point, however, is that as a child I was not mentally prepared to handle that scene.

It is not often that a book is responsible for acts of violence, but it does happen. Steven King had to take a book out of print due to violence that was perceived to have stemmed from one of his stories.

As a writer we are responsible for preaching safe sex. What other responsibilities do we have? With the nature of romantic suspense, danger and violence are often part of the package.  Granted, our audience is an intelligent, mature and beautiful group, but how far do our liberties as a writer take us? Do you ever find yourself toning down a scene because you feel it’s too graphic, or do you feel that the graphic nature makes the scene?  As a reader, has the violence of a book ever lingered with you afterwards?

In romantic suspense, I like to believe that the HEA overshadows the impact of evil. But I'm a romantic. :)

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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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