I Wish I’d Written that Book
I enjoy writing mysteries more than anything I’ve ever done before. Initially people called it my “hobby”, and I smiled politely while trying not to voice my thoughts. However, about the time my fifth book came out, those who knew me decided it wasn’t a hobby after all. (Thank you, thank you, thank you!)
However, I’m also an avid reader, or at least I was until I started writing. Now I don’t have enough time to read everything I’d like to. For purposes of this article though, I’m going to remain a reader.
Beginning with my mother’s Honey Bunch books, and moving on to the Oz books, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys books, and finally real honest-to-goodness adult books, I’ve enjoyed the freedom to go places and do things vicariously through the characters and the stories.
All that reading and all of those characters and storylines are what prompted me to write mysteries. Some of the ideas are so unique that when I finish a book I sit back and wish I’d written it.
Janet Evanovich is so funny. Mary Higgins Clark’s books are so polished. Tony Hillerman’s books gave me a whole new perspective on quietly waiting for things. I can’t wait for the next Dorothy Bodoin book to come out so I can see what her characters and the collies are up to. I love exploring the pyramids with Elizabeth Peters. Clive Cussler takes me on such wonderful adventures. And those authors are only the tip of the iceberg. I’m constantly finding new and lesser known authors to read.
When To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee came out, even though I’d never given a thought to writing a novel, I read the last page and wished I’d written that book. The characters were so real to me—Atticus, Jem and Scout. The storyline reminded me of what times and people were like in the thirties. (Even though I wasn’t even a sparkle in my mother’s eyes in the thirties, I’ve heard things.) And Boo Radley--oh, what a guy. I think every town has had someone whom people talked about and who was highly misunderstood. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, read the book. You’ll be glad you did.
Marley & Me by John Grogan made me laugh out loud, and then the story made me cry. I wish I’d written it because it was so entertaining. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t really quite believe the story and ended up with two yellow Labrador retrievers, Sugar and Murphy. Believe me, Grogan’s story was spot on. These dogs are half nuts, but I wouldn’t give them up for anything.
Sometimes I read one simple idea in a story--and wish I’d thought of it first. Oh well… I do my best.
If you like mysteries, and the idea of being stranded in a ghost town appeals to you, try Old Murders Never Die, by me (Marja McGraw). Maybe one day someone will read it and say, “I wish I’d written that.” One can always hope.
Yvonne, Thank you for letting me visit today. Thinking about all the books I’ve read makes me remember why I enjoy writing so much.
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