I'm reading Criminal Mind by Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D. and I'm beginning to wonder if I, and perhaps all writers, are Poly-fragmented Disassociative people suffering from identity disorders. I mean it seems to fit. Multiple, even hundreds of personalities in one body...I am guilty.
With 40 some books and other pieces of published work - as a fiction writer...I must take on all these personalities to make them believable, to make them real to a reader.
When I write a character's part in my latest novel (or having done it in any of the previous ones) I become that person in my mind, my actions, my contributions to the story need to be consistent with what that person in this given situation might do. Am I treading on dangerous ground? In the unlikely chance that I would be called to trial to testify to some murder that I solved (unwittingly with my writing) as an expert witness...what would I say? What would you say?
I must pose this question to Patricia Cornwell, Stephen King, Tess Gerritsen or another favorite Lisa Gardner...I wonder how they would answer it. How would you?
We have some significant changes to my newsletter Mystery Readers and Working Writers - the addition of 12 new columnists - some will be occasional columnists - some regular...Our 11 year old New Voices columnist will post regularly as well.
Expect new content, new authors to enjoy and much more as we move into the 2012 year. Our first issue will be delivered January 26. If you haven't signed up you can go to www.billiewilliams.com and sign up for the Mystery Readers and Working Writers Newsletter top right corner of the website page.
I hope you will enjoy the reading - and tips from the writers as well. We enjoy comments so make sure you do that too - and tell us what you'd like to see more of in the future newsletters.
While we are at it I have a new contract as well - My Brothers Keeper a mystery suspense will be released in April of 2012. I'll give you a sneak peak of the cover here.