Mystery writing is like thinking in reverse. You have to know the outcome when you start thinking of your story and then go to the beginning to plant the clues on the way to the conclusion. All the while you must try to keep the reader is suspense as you build toward that revelation.
CHARADE was an adventure in my writing career like none other that I had attempted. I often thought I would like to try a mystery but didn’t know my capability. You know how easy it is to put off something you are afraid to do for fear of failure. Finally I let myself go. I started the mystery, knowing where I wanted to end up but not sure how I was going to get there. .When I finally finished the manuscript I wondered why I had waited so long to take the plunge. I had truly enjoyed the journey I had taken.
The story revolves around an affluent family and their hopes and dreams. In the middle of the family is Marsh, a man who has always been more grounded in being himself than adhering to this unwanted lifestyle. A murder has been committed. Coincidentally, Marsh has disappeared. The hunt is on. And, as they say about mysteries, the plot thickens!!
Reading on my Kindle has become a way of life. In the morning I catch up on my word game, WORDS WITH FRIENDS. During my busy day , if there is time, I read one of several books I have started. But at bedtime I always give one of my favorite reads at least a half hour, then ten minutes of meditation before I sleep.
I’m sure you have your own ‘ritual’ before you retire for the night. Maybe it is packing lunch for the next day, reading to your kids if they are young enough, discussing today’s highs and lows with a family member. Whatever your chores are, take a few minutes to read. It can be on the Kindle, or maybe you have to hold a real book in your hands. Whatever your pleasure, take a few minutes to relax and read. It is one pure pleasure that costs so little. You will feel better and be better able to take on tomorrow.