Posts Tagged ‘suspense’

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The “Write What You Know” Myth

Ah yes. We’ve all heard that sage advice – write what you know. Personally, I’ve never believed this notion, not in the fiction arena. If I wrote what I knew, I would be penning the thrilling adventures of a third grade teacher who plays the piano–badly! Not exactly the stuff page turners are made of. I prefer this advice…write what you WANT to know. Every novel I’ve written (those that remain in the file cabinet and those that have been published) feature something I would love to know more about or experience (if I had the courage.) Female firefighter? Check. Scientist who studies bats in South America? Check! Missionary in the Peten jungle? Check check! Am I actually gifted with the skills and guts required to do any of this? Not even close! My job as a writer it to create a journey that I would like to experience, and research it well enough to create a story that will carry others along with me.

Recently I became fascinated by treasure hunters, regular people who either stumble upon priceless items (that garage sale print that turns out to be a Picasso, the old dusty rock in the bottom of the fish tank that is a prehistoric fossil) or make it their business to search them out. Did you know there really are many priceless treasures still undiscovered in the world? The idea was so interesting to me, I developed a three book Treasure Seekers Series.  Have I ever been in abandoned tunnels in search of paintings or following the clues to find a priceless violin? Nah, but I sure had a blast imagining myself doing it and I hope my readers will, too.

Dangerous Melody, cover

If you could go on a thrilling treasure hunt, what would you search for? The Lost Faberege Eggs? The Oak Island Money pit? Or maybe something more generic…a lost painting, a rare stamp, a shipwreck. Let your imagination run wild! Please post, I’d LOVE To hear your ideas!