I love a good mystery. So, when I decided to write a book, of course it was the genre I chose. And no matter what other genres my books fit into, ach one still has an element of mystery.
After finding my niche, to my delight, I found that a lot of other people like mysteries too. In fact, mysteries are the second bestselling genre of book coming in right after romance (I'm ready to try my hand at that, too!). I get to write the type of story I love and maybe sell a book or two. How cool is that?
Books in the mystery category can be suspense-filled or thrillers and action-packed. Finding around every corner lies mortal peril putting the main character in the throes of death where they will surely narrowly escape.
But are all the books in the genre like that? Not mine. I've learned that even though it may be expected, you can still write a good mystery without all the violence and sitting-on-the-edge-of-your-seat drama.
My first book, In the Beginning, had initially been compared to Indiana Jones movies and the books by Dan Brown by some. There is a biblical tagline, it has an alternative history twist and the protagonist has information that can potentially change the world as we know it. But when true fans of the Da Vinci Code read my book, they gasped. What" No action! No sex! No car chases and evil villains out to change the world! NO blood and guts! Egad!
My book, I wanted to scream in explanation, was a character-driven, thought-provoking compelling work with humor thrown in for good measure framed around a "what-if" story. But I took the message and in the next two books in the series, Irrefutable Proof and Incarnate, I tried to do just as they asked. I think I pulled it off, but it was plain to see, I was a different kind of mystery writer.
That's when I found cozies!
(Cue angelic music and heavens opening up.)
Cozy mysteries are the best, aren't they? Quirky, fun characters, a keep-you-guessing--whodunit, and a little humor to boot. I could do that.