“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek,” said Joseph Campbell. Talk about an apt description of fiction writers! We are surrounded by deep, dark caves, so ominous that even Dante would scurry away from them. What’s more, we’re in the habit of digging new caves daily, especially those of us who write suspense. We immerse our characters into plots so complex and frightening that we may never pull our heroes and heroines out of the chaos to a plausible resolution.
These are my gaping caves at present. What are yours?
1. I wrote a novel in first person, then decided to change it to third person. I’m deep into the change-up and it’s a time suck, for sure. My fear…it’s not better or worse in third person. All that work!
2. I’m poised to write the third book in the Funeral Planner Series. I’m afraid it won’t be as good as FADEOUT and SWOON. Is three the charm?
3. I’ve written a normal paranormal, a new genre for me. The dread: my publisher and readers won’t like it.
4. A friend advised me to go spelunking in mystery/suspense (instead of suspense/romance). Do I dare?
5. Marketing/promotion. Darkest, most dreadful cave of all. Terrifying how many wrong turns I’ve taken already searching for readers. Paralysis setting in rapidly.
Thinking it might help us all to name our caves, why don’t you tell me yours? Treasure-seeker, Rolynn
SUSPENSE SPIKED WITH ROMANCE
Last Resort, Fadeout, Swoon
(all available now!)