Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Charlaine Harris craves darker thread in both reading life and writing life.

I’d been reading traditional mysteries, commonly called “cozies,” for many years (and I’d been writing them for a few years too), when I noticed something curious; though I enjoyed them immensely and they had a place in my reading life (still do), I craved an occasionally darker thread in both my reading life and in my writing life.

What element was I missing?

Something that couldn’t be fixed. Something that couldn’t be remedied.

I had always been afraid to steer my protagonist into waters that might suck her down. I was terrified of giving her a life experience that would leave her permanently altered.

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