Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Is it me or is it hot in here? Lenora Worth

I really do love summer. But after a month of one hundred degrees and holding, well, this is getting old. I got spoiled when my husband and I went on a roap trip all the way to New York City. The weather was lovely everywhere we stopped. Most days the temperature was in the eighties or nineties. I know come winter, I'll be shivering and complaining about the cold, but right now I'm enjoying my air conditioner. When it's this hot and dry, everything seems to wilt. Including my good manners.

But that brings me to the real subject of this post. I believe hot weather brings out the worst in people. Maybe that's why we set a lot of our suspense novels during the summer. It's hot, someone is trying to harm someone, someone's on the run, maybe without water, maybe walking across the desert, maybe stuck in a hot, sweltering building. Tempers flair and bad things happen. That is fodder for fiction writers. But ... it's horrible when we hear it on the news every night.

So, fellow suspense writers, do you believe summer makes people mean?

Let's discuss. I'll be back. I'm going to get some ice cream.


Eve Gaddy said...

Yes, I think the heat makes people meaner and more short-tempered. It certainly makes me cranky!

I keep thinking of the Lovin' Spoonful song, Summer in the City.:)


Sheri Salatin said...

Yes. Days and days of heat gets to even the best of people.

Lenora said...

I agree. The Long, Hot Summer always comes to mind, too. Faulkner certainly knew what he was talking about. Good to see you here, Eve. Sheri, thanks for the comment.

I went for a three mile walk with my daughter (visiting from Florida). The last mile was killer. No pun intended :)