Saturday, March 21, 2009

The Dark Side of Writing Dark, Romantic Suspense

What would you do if a killer were hunting you? What if you’re child was the target? What if the killer was someone you knew?

Ask any author who writes dark romantic suspense and they’ll tell you, it ain’t no walk in the park at times.

I think even for writers who create fictitious killers it’s still disturbing to consider that there are really such depraved people living in the world amongst us.To make a believable killer you have to do your homework.

For me, I love to watch Forensic Files and 48 Hours Mystery on TV. You can gain a great deal of knowledge simply by studying old case files.So why do people kill? Well, most psychologists will tell you there are two fundamental reasons someone will take another life. Love and money.

Both truly are the root of all evil.In SILENT WITNESS, my latest release from Cerridwen Press, the killer was someone who loved the story’s heroine, Faith McKenzie obsessively, and was willing to do anything to make her his, even if it meant killing her to keep her from belonging to anyone else.

But there is another type of killer that is far more evil and cunning than all others. He’s extremely intelligent, he can blend into society well enough to be the neighbor next door, and he lacks anything resembling a conscience. He’s a sociopath known as the serial killer.

The FBI estimates that today there are some 50 active serial killers working among us in the US alone. That’s a frightening statistic to consider.

In DON’T CLOSE YOUR EYES, my first release from Cerridwen Press, my heroine, Megan Beaumont had psychic powers that allowed her to witness the unimaginable pain inflicted by the Angel of Death serial killer on his victims. It almost ended up costing Megan her life when she became the Angel's final victim.

For me, writing about the dark side of romance is both rewarding and challenging. The characters leave their mark on you and make it hard to move on to the next story.

And if they’re really chilling, they make it hard to sleep with the lights off at night.

All the best…

Mary Eason out my latest dark romance coming this year to Cerridwen Press – Root Of All Evil
Posted by Mary Eason at 5:30 AM

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