Tuesday, August 18, 2009
How much is too much?
I recently had a reader email that gave me pause. This reader was nice in that she complimented my writing and such but she thought I'd put too much violence in the particular book that she read. Hmmmm. I went back to look at the book, Double Jeopardy. I don't know. Maybe? I think its a subjective issue. To me, the violence/action/suspense are pretty tame in my stories. But then again, I read single title suspense thrillers that would probably give some people nightmares. I also watch scary/gory movies in the dark alone. I know, I'm a freak. My family teases me about this. I guess I know its not reality.
I recently had a friend who is in law enforcement comment that she can't write suspense books because she lives it everyday and wants to break from her reality when she writes. She's working on a paranormal time-travel romance. I'd say that's a break. Her comment made me think about why I write romantic suspense. Well, I love the romance genre. And I also want a break from my stay at home mom life. For me suspense/action and yes, with some violence is the break from my reality. Though I don't watch the news or TV reality shows. I don't want that much reality in my life. I like my made up stories.
So, for you dear readers, how much is too much?