Please give a big M & M welcome to our guest blogger this week, Pamela James. She’s the author of: A MATCH MADE FOR MURDER by Pamela James & Merry Stahel, A MURDER MADE IN STITCHES by Pamela James & Merry Stahel, A MURDER MADE IN PIECES by Pamela James & Merry Stahel and The CROSSED STITCHER by Pamela Sue James.
But more importantly for this blog subject, she is an avid reader. In fact, she’s the owner of http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cozyarmchairgroup/ and would love to have you come visit.
Here she is giving us her perspective of mysteries as a reader.
When reading a mystery my first thought is that I want to be entertained. As a mystery author I know that entertaining readers is not always easy. Here are the ways I like to be entertained when I curl up with a good mystery. I want humor (not a lot of humor.) Quirky is good - crazy not so much. I love smart protags who know how to use their noggins for more than pretty hats…and I want a strong plot.
In other words when I become lost in a mystery I want to believe the story. I read traditional mysteries, cozy mysteries and some chick lit mysteries. These are the genres that speak to me as a mystery reader.
As the author of four mysteries myself, what I try to give my readers is a sense of fun and adventure. Living in Kansas, I can tell you a snowstorm in October here is no fun unless it's Halloween… and you add a murder… now you’ve got fun. For me writing and/or reading mysteries is like creating a new recipe. You have to see what works for you.
I am the owner of cozyarmchairgroup, a yahoo group where today's most savvy mystery readers and authors come together as members to share their favorite books, their not-so- favorite books and anything else they want to talk about. They’ll tell you in no uncertain terms what works for them when reading and writing mysteries.
Our world is so never ending with to-do lists and meeting goals that I can’t sit down in my comfy armchair and relax with a good mystery. At the end of the book I can close it and walk away with a sense of justice. I had fun getting there, became involved emotionally with the characters, and if the mystery had a good plot twist I never saw coming, then I have a sense of satisfaction. I hope I provide that same satisfaction in the books I write.
I close by adding that atmosphere plays a huge part in why I write mysteries. Whether I read a mystery with a ghost or a mystery that takes place on a cruise ship, in a bookstore, a small town or a coffee shop, I want to love the atmosphere. I hope as you read this blog you’ll think of the reasons why you love to read mysteries and blog your thoughts to us.