June 8, 2011

What's up Wednesday? (AND CONTEST)

I've been a busy Jenn the last couple of weeks.

All of my downtime has mostly been spent watching TV.

Mainly procedural crime mystery type shows.

I think this is my brain's way of telling me I should to write a mystery. After all, that is where my love of reading and writing began.

See, I was a fan of Encyclopedia Brown when I was a kid. As a teen, I went to Nancy Drew, then around 17, I found Mary Higgins Clark. Mystery, Mystery, Suspense-Mystery.

I've stayed away from writing a straight-up mystery because most of the time there's a cop or PI involved, and I never felt comfortable writing the procedural aspect of solving crimes through the eyes of a trained professional. There are so many actual crime writers out there with the personal experience to make it authentic and I know I'm not quite there.

So, now I'm absorbing as much mystery shows as I can to see where my brain leads me.

I do know that I don't want to write about a Cop, PI or FBI agent, though I do have a PI in a WIP manuscript that I've stopped writing, because something isn't working there, but I really, really want to write a mystery. I think.

For some reason these words keep popping into my head: Time-Travel, Serial Killer, Mystery.

What the hell do I do with that? Only time will tell!

Oh, by the way, I'm running a contest on Twitter today. Use hastag #JNixonWW in any post on twitter and I'll enter you to win a copy of my novella Wild & Wicked! Ends tonight at 11PM!


Cherie Reich said...

Time travel, serial killer, and mystery sounds good to me. :D I love mysteries, but you are right about the research involved in them. I'm fine with short stories, but I'm waiting to learn more about writing before I delve into writing a full-length mystery.

Larry Payne said...

Hi Jenn, Go ahead, do it,jump right in. Here's a resource site that might help you. I used it for my Blake Tanner story.

Jenn Nixon said...

I may just give it a go! Thanks guys!