Mystery writing is a great vehicle for sharing your personal interests, values and passions. It’s possible to incorporate a murder into any topic you like. Consider cozy novels like Sally Goldenbaum’s quilting mysteries and Mary Daheim’s bed and breakfast mysteries. Another category is professions like Julia Spencer-Fleming’s Rev. Clare Fergusson, Lydia Adamsons cat sitter sleuth, and the Queenie Davilov series featuring a screenwriter/sleuth.
Two of my passions are travel and human rights. Hence the title of my blog: Global Mysteries. My sleuth, Lysi Weston, is a corporate trainer who travels around the world teaching managers how to identify and combat sexual harassment. Everywhere she goes she ends up involved in a murder investigation while experiencing interesting and unusual places and cultures. Of course, I love incorporating my personal travel experiences into my novels.
It’s easy to tie your mystery writing to your personal passions. Here’s how:
• Think about your own personal passions and goals.
• Create a sleuth who will act on your passions and goals.
• Place your sleuth in a profession and setting that will enable h/er to strive for the achievement of those personal goals.
• Now confront her with a murder.
That’s it! Well, almost. Here are three critical cautions:
1. Keep the solution to the murder as your primary story objective.
2. Do not preach or sermonize about your passions. Let them flow through the story at a subliminal level.
3. Keep your personal interests incidental to the excitement and suspense of the mystery puzzle.
There is a mystery loving audience out there who will delight in sharing your personal passions.
Additional mystery writing tips:
Backstory: 10 things a Mystery Writer Should Know
9 Ways to Create Tension in a Mystery Novel
4 Do’s and Don’ts of ”Show, Don’t Tell.”
How Do Conflict and Crisis Differ in a Mystery Novel?
How Important is Conflict in a Mystery Story?