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Genre-Bending
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                                                                                           Gender-bending you know about. 




                                                                                                    Gender-bending you know about.


But what do I mean by genre-bending? I mean stories that can be loosely classed by genre, but that play fast and loose with the conventions and standards associated with that genre. In terms of what I write, I’m talking about bending the mystery/suspense genre. 

Why do I it? 

For one thing, the number of titles being released is in itself enough to make writers change their minds in favor of opening a cheese shop or driving for Uber. This applies to all genres. Hundreds of writers are working hard to conform to long-established patterns of storytelling that most readers of the genre expect. At the same time, writers are trying to bring something fresh to the table. Everyone in an Italian restaurant who orders a Caesar salad has certain expectations. How can the chef make the salad an identifiable Caesar, but special, different?  

Another challenge is the standard of excellence readers are used to. Michael Connelly, Patricia Cornwell, Sue Grafton, Elmore Leonard, et al., they’re all great writers, and their main characters are extremely knowledgeable about criminals and how to track them down. 

These and many other writers put readers in a position to watch professional cops, private detectives, medical examiners, etc do their professional thing. But that’s not how real life works. In life, readers experience crime as a bolt from the blue, a shock that reveals their ignorance and pulls the rug out from under their sense of order.

This is what happens to Brenda Contay, the young journalist at the center of my suspense novels. She’s a writer, a smart person who’s neither in the detection or law-enforcement biz, but keeps finding herself in the middle of dicey situations. 

So: Brenda Contay is a “civilian” like plain folk, one whose world is periodically upended by criminal trouble that she must learn the meaning and way out of--that’s my aim. 

TO BE CONTINUED







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