My guest this week is Linda Lovely, author of the new romantic suspense Final Accounting as well as the Marley Clark mysteries.
We’ve all heard the old saw—write what you know. Oh, really?
Fortunately, most authors of romantic suspense, mysteries, and thrillers have never been shot, beaten, handcuffed, kidnapped, stalked or targeted by a relentless assassin. So does that mean we can’t write about heroines and heroes thrown into terrifying situations?
Of course not. There is a way to write what we “know” when we place our heroines/heroes in dangerous situations we’ve never experienced. Method actors do it all the time. They draw on the real emotions that gripped them at some point in their lives.
I suffer from “moderate” vertigo and a fear of heights. Years ago, when I was a partner in a PR firm that prepared feature articles for corporate clients, I covered the Miss Universe contest for a
Hollywood lighting equipment manufacturer. The client
specified it wanted a photo (I was both writer and photographer) taken from
“above” to spotlight its lighting equipment with the Miss Universe contestants
on the stage below. To get the shot, I was allowed to climb the scaffolding during
rehearsals. (Did I mention this contest was NOT held in the where OSHA
standards might apply?) USA
As I scooted along the beam, the whole rickety structure seemed to sway. I was terrified. Sweat beaded on my forehead. My heart raced. My fingers were so sweaty I could barely focus the camera. I got dizzy. Closed my eyes. Tried to steady my breathing. I watched a sweat droplet plummet and wondered if the lady below thought there was a leak in the roof. The incongruous thought made me want to giggle. Edge of hysteria? Maybe.
I’ve now published three books. The plots are quite different. But—what a surprise—my heroines all suffer from vertigo and a fear of heights and find themselves in situations where they must overcome those fears to survive.
In DearKiller, Marley Clark climbs to the pinnacle of a lighthouse to flee a gunman. In No Wake Zone, the sequel to Dear Killer, Marley must leap from a rooftop to the scaffolding of a roller coaster to lure a killer away from her cousin. In FinalAccounting, my new romantic thriller, Nexi Ketts rappels into the depths of a cave that’s deeper than the Statue of Liberty is tall.
Do you take advantage of your fears and remembered emotions when you write? If so, do you have fears that resurface in different guises in your manuscripts?
Nexi Ketts has reinvented herself—new name, new look, new life. She makes her living catching corporate cheats, partial atonement for dear old dad’s embezzling ways.
A fling with a handsome cop ends badly when he tries to kill her. She flees, naked, causing a fender bender, and making it damn hard for Detective Barry Gerton to think clearly. A second vicious attack convinces Barry the secretive Nexi, who has her very own FBI dossier, is the target of a professional assassin.
Determined to protect her, Barry unexpectedly falls in love. Nexi yields to the same sizzling attraction. Trust is another matter... Nexi has secrets to guard. And Barry’s been burned before.
Yet once the couple lands in
trust is no longer a luxury. Amid the trappings of paradise, they need each
other to survive a heart-stopping, cross-island game of hide-and-seek and a
harrowing descent into the depths of Dragon’s Throat cave. Jamaica