My mother-in-law works at a funeral home in Missouri, where many of her co-workers read my books. They particularly like the Just Call Me Angel series. After reading the series, one lady asked her if I was a violent person, wherein my mother-in-law chuckled and said, “Oh, no, she’s a pussycat…with an Oozie.”
I have spoken to numerous book clubs wherein a similar question has been posed: How do you come up with all of the different ways to kill people in your books?
I started thinking… I wonder how many of my readers ponder the same question? Does someone who writes about acts of violence have to be a violent person?
The Just Call Me Angel series is set in Chicago and deals with the Mafia from a feisty female viewpoint. It’s unique because it shows a balance between the cold-hearted killer mentality and the tender-hearted nurturer perspective. Sometimes lines are crossed, just like in real life; but, for the most part, Angel’s hope is that no one would die.
I’ll admit, when writing an Angel book, I study guns and explore the possibilities of how a particular weapon will cause death. It’s morbid to think about in real life, but in the context of researching for a novel, it becomes exciting.
Does it make me a violent person? No. It makes me a creative person, who explores acts of violence only on the pages of my novels.
Sometimes in life, violence is necessary. For example, acts of self-defense, or in defense of another person, etc., but it certainly shouldn’t be the norm; and in my life it is not.
I only run around making people offers they can’t refuse in my books. In real life, I am a pussycat who, for the most part, keeps her oozie tucked quietly away. J