Today we have a special guest on the blog. Anna Simpson, who is known on the Internet as Emaginette, has released her new book White Light. Here, she tells us what her top ten challenges of writing White Light were.
Thanks for having me here today, Michelle.
At first, I wasn’t sure if I could come up with ten things, but it didn’t take long to get into the mind set. This is a cozy, gall darn it. The most inspiring fun of all.
Here were my challenges:
1. The personal challenge of writing a mystery – Like all stories, there are rules I needed to follow. I slipped a little when I added Great-Aunt Alice, but I couldn’t help it.
2. Hiding the clues – I’m not sure if I should get into it but slipping those clues in so they don’t have a blinking sign above them wasn’t easy.
3. Making the people laugh – The one thing that all cozies need are a sense of humor. Heck, until my editor told me, I thought I’d need to hire a comedy writer.
4. Ghost, who doesn’t love ghosts – okay not everyone. I’ll let that slide. J
5. Romance – I always like to add just a little to make it fun. What’s life without it?
6. Yelling at the police – My biggest dream come true. Most of the time the police scare me. I always think I’ve been caught doing something wrong. For the record, I follow laws that haven’t been written yet. It was nice to vent all over Benny the bully.
7. Getting in crazy situations – This was so much fun. I admit, I laughed pretty hard myself when I got all evil and in their faces. This cast of characters took it in stride.
8. Writing about small town living – Here I got a little real, then stretched it. I live in a small town and would love to have some mystery hunters living next door. I’d buy some binoculars and turn off the television.
9. Catching the bad guy – This was hard for me to do. Not because I don’t believe in justice but because I wanted them to be too smart for their own good. I think I did okay.
10. Being a hero – Anyone can be a hero. My most favorite part of this story.
The power of the writer is strong. What fun do you have when playing with different scenarios? What makes you belly laugh at your character’s antics?