After being told by many, many people that I should watch ABC’s Castle, I recently started catching it on Hulu. I love the line from the opening: “There are two kinds of folks who sit around planning how to kill people–psychopaths and mystery writers. I’m the kind that pays better.”
That line alone drew me into the show.
From the time I became addicted to Nancy Drew, I’ve had a bit of a fascination with crime. Maybe that’s why I tend to write mysteries over any other genre (even my science fiction stories are primarily mysteries, the setting puts them into the sci-fi category). I can spend hours reading the news about murders, robberies, carjackings. Sometimes, I come across a story that boggles my mind.
And despite the fact that I can, in theory, understand where the criminal is coming from as a writer, as a human being, I find myself wondering “how could they do that?“
Even though I write almost daily about murder and mayhem, I’m still relieved that I haven’t been desensitized by my own research and can shake my head at what others do.
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For instance, a few years ago, there was a pregnant woman killed relatively nearby (within 100 miles of where I live). Her unborn baby was cut from the womb. The perpetrator had told her boyfriend or husband that she was pregnant, and after a while, needed a baby to “prove” things. As a writer, the story fascinated me. As a woman, it made me sick to my stomach, especially since it was around this time that my husband and I had started trying to have children.
Quite honestly, I think this split in my personality may make me a better writer. And I know for a fact it’s led to some of my story ideas.
So even though crime may pay, I’m relieved that the only kind of crime I’ll ever be paid for is the fictional kind. I’ll just continue reading about the real-life crime, and leave the perpetrating to the
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And because I love Castle‘s theme song so well, here’s that ditty just for your own amusement. Enjoy!
Until next time,