Writer’s World

Decisions, decisions. I couldn’t decide whether to blog about Friday the 13th or Valentine’s Day. Okay, a little of each.

In high school the original Friday the 13th with a very young Kevin Bacon hit the screens across America. As a teenager I loved the thrills and chills of a massive teenage massacre. A little nudity to entice, a hidden message that sex and drugs were bad for teenagers, and blood and gore. What’s not to love? Well, like us all, I grew up. Got married, had a few kids, and things changed. I still love blood and gore movies and books too. The massive killing of teenagers; not so much. As a teenager you think you are invincible, so the scary movies are just that, scary. A little thrill, a little chill. When you grow up and have to send your children out into the world, you realize the world is more than just a little scary and bad things really do happen, not just in movies.

I read a lot of romantic suspense; Allison Brennan, Karen Rose, and Jordan Dane. These ladies pull no punches. Sometimes bad things happen to good people. Sometimes awful, rotten, unimaginable things. This is the world we live in.

So maybe the scary movies and books are just for that reason. We may never know why Caylee Anthony died or Natalee Holloway is still missing. But, in romantic suspense not only is the villain caught if not killed, we get to know why they do the evil things they do. Sometimes, we need to know why so we can sleep at night. And with romantic suspense we get true love and happiness as well.

Jill James