Tuesday, June 4, 2019

IWSG Blog Hop: Make Mine Mystery

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June Question 

June question: Of all the genres you read and write, which is your favorite to write in and why?

Plain and simple answer: Mystery
Deadly Undertaking
Romantic Suspense
I got hooked on reading mysteries when I discovered Sue Grafton's alphabet mysteries. I delighted in sorting out the clues and making the guesses on the answer to the who-dun-it. Then along came Janet Evanovich with the hysterical Stephanie Plum series. Those stories spurred me on to writing quirky characters in odd settings --like the Staab and Blood Funeral Home in Deadly Undertaking. 

Mysteries can include so many sub-genres. For some reason, I find myself adding paranormal elements in the latest ones. I challenged myself to write romantic suspense too. And then I combined paranormal and romantic suspense. So much fun to mix it all up. 

I have a blast with our weekly writers group meeting at the local coffee shop, the Koffee Kuppe, just in case you're in Fremont, Michigan, on a Friday morning. We do get carried away brainstorming on how to murder characters or how to catch the bad guy or gal. Patrons have gotten used to us sitting in the back of the restaurant laughing and scheming. They have learned we aren't actually planning a real murder. Er, at least I hope so!



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Juneta key said...

I am a fan of the Stephanie Plum series too but it has been a while since I read one. Happy IWSG!

Computer Tutor said...

I've made a note of your meeting, JQ. I'm with you on mysteries. I read it more than any other.

The Cynical Sailor said...

Your writers group sounds like so much fun! I wish I had fellow mystery writers in my area, but I think my town is too small for that.

I love Sue Grafton's books too. Such a shame that she passed away before Z could be published.

Helena Fairfax said...

JQ I've been meaning for a long while to start the Stephanie Plum series. I have to confess I've never read any, and they sound just the sort of books I'd love. Thanks for reminding me. It seems I've lots of enjoyment ahead!

J.Q. Rose said...

Thanks, Juneta. I haven't read any lately either. The first 5 or 6 was as far as I went.

J.Q. Rose said...

Alright, Jacqui!! Come on over anytime.

J.Q. Rose said...

We all met through the library writers group, but we're not all mystery writers. When we first got together, noone was published. But as the years passed, we all were signed by trad publishers. Amazing!

J.Q. Rose said...

Helena, I think the series would make great summer reads for you. Truly an escape from the reality of developing and nurturing your new garden!!

Diane Burton said...

I love mysteries, too. Layering in clues and red herrings is so much fun as I work toward the end. While it's not my most favorite (sci-fi is) I find adding a mystery enhances all the genres I write. I'm thinking about running up to Fremont for one of your writers' group meetings. I'll email you for details.

Sarah Foster said...

I like the idea of being able to add other story elements to mysteries, like paranormal and romance. So many possibilities!

cleemckenzie said...

How funny that image is of you and your group plotting murder in the coffee shop. A good mystery is one my favorite genres to. I'm not good at writing them, however.

Pat Garcia said...

I am not sure if my comment took, so I am writing one again.
I have had the pleasure of reading two of your mysteries and I have two more in the cue on my iPad Mini that I am looking forward to reading and I can say you are an awesome mystery writer. You have found your niche, your purpose and it comes across in your writing and encourages me.

Shalom aleichem,
Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

emaginette said...

I love mysteries too. Couldn't live without them. :-)

Anna from elements of emaginette

kimlajevardi.com said...

Patrons of the bookstore my critique group meets in also overhear some interesting tidbits at times. Writer groups are the best. Great post!

Anonymous said...

Interview? Interview, Ms. Rose? Holy microphone feedback, will I be there?

Oh wait...*checking schedule*...seems like after I leave Bow Tie Journalists United Support Groupie...There's some kind of Deadly Undertaking going on....

J.Q. Rose said...

Oh yes, Diane. Those red herrings make me snicker when I add them in. You're right. The mystery does enhance all the genres. Good call. That would be so much fun to have you at our meeting.

J.Q. Rose said...

Hey, Plotting Murder in the Coffee Shop sounds like a good title for the next mystery!! LOL

J.Q. Rose said...

Wholeheartedly agree!

J.Q. Rose said...

Hee hee. Thanks for stopping in.

J.Q. Rose said...

Right, IB. You are the most important one in the interview. Someone has to hold the microphone!

Marsha said...

Hey, JQ. I enjoy some mysteries and am just amazed at folks who can write them. I've shared. :)

Debra Renée Byrd said...

I've seen mystery as an answer a few times now. Did you used to read Nancy Drew? The CW has a new series coming up on it, a dark twist, like they did with Archie. My sister is super excited, but I never read the books lol.

J.Q. Rose said...

Mystery does seem popular on this blog hop. I guess that's true on amazon too! I hope so. LOL. No, I never read Nancy Drew. I've watched Archie, so this may be a good series to watch too.

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