Yesterday, I was writing at Panera Bread and bumped into a former Borders employee who I've seen there from time to time. She said she'd brought my newest book with her while on vacation and loved it. After thanking her, she asked, "Don't take this the wrong way, but how do you come up with such twisted villains?"
This is the deviation of "Where do you get your ideas?" the most common question, I believe, that all writers get.
I had a reporter once ask, "How do you think this stuff up? You're so perky." (Yes, perky. My mom liked that one, she keeps repeating it to me, LOL.)
Another reporter said, "Why do you write such scary books? You seem so nice." ("Seem" being the operative word! What does she think, I'm not what I appear to be? Yikes!)
The truth is: I don't know. I can point to my childhood being raised on mysteries and police procedurals with a dose of romance; I can point to my fascination and admiration of Stephen King; or glance at my bookshelf and realize that 80% of my books are suspense/thrillers/mysteries and romantic suspense. It's what I like to read, why wouldn't I write it?
But I think the biggest reason is that I've always been fascinated with WHY. Why do bad things happen? How? What kind of person can kill? What kind of person can stop killers? What makes people do what they do, good or bad? So I get into their heads and find out WHY.
So it's Q&A day . . . what question have you always wanted to ask a writer? Fire away! And writers, what question have you been asked that you think is unique or different?
A bit of self-promo :) . . . SEE NO EVIL, the second book in my trilogy, is out this week! It's a Top Pick from Romantic Times who calls it, "Haunting and mesmerizing." If you have any questions about this book or the trilogy, fire away!