I’m a crime writer, so . . .

Recently an interviewer asked me, “Do you ever get revenge on those who have wronged you by killing them off in a novel?”

I said, “No,” immediately, which, I suspect, makes people wonder if I’m either lying or missing a lot of good opportunities for vicarious revenge.

I suspect it also makes me different from quite a few other female crime writers, many of whom do say they accomplish revenge in just that way.  I’ve read or heard how mystery writers cast former husbands, boy friends, and bosses as murder victims. I recall that one “snotty” grocery store manager was shot behind his store . . .  in fiction. ( I suppose the victims are disguised well enough that no one can threaten retaliation or a law suit.)   In truth, I simply can’t think of anyone I’d want to “do in”  like that.  Oh, I admit there have been a few who . . . well, there was that home ec teacher who held up my horrible sewing project as a bad example for the class. OOO, I would have loved revenge. But my mother took care of that.  Though she was deeply introverted and rarely left our house, we lived only three blocks from the school.  Mama grabbed her coat and marched down the blocks to attack the teacher with words.  I wasn’t there, so have never known what was said.  But, Miss ———— was v e r y polite to me after that.

I can’t recall a single male writer who has said he gets revenge in his fiction.  I wonder — do we often less powerful females find satisfaction by killing annoying and even dangerous or harmful men in fiction, when the male of our species finds other ways to get even or (quite probably) isn’t a victim of a similar type of harassment?

Something to think about.  But it still hasn’t occurred to me yet to kill–in my novels–anyone remotely like a person I’ve met in real life.

Another thing female crime writers say at times is that, since beginning their careers, they are more alert to the possibility of crime around them, and very often become wary of the actions and possible motivation of people they see when out in public.  Again, that hasn’t happened to me yet.  I admit to a long-going tendency to take precautions against theft and some other crimes.  For example, I leave all the good jewelry I’m not wearing in my safe deposit box–which is a nuisance, since I  often, when getting dressed in a hurry, wish I had a certain piece of jewelry in hand.  But that precaution and a few others began long before I started writing my mystery series.  (And saved my jewelry to be passed down in my family during a recent home burglary.)

Maybe I can’t figure me out.  But, I do know I look at the world around me differently than many others.   What makes sense and works well for others isn’t part of my writing or my life.  And, I’m okay with that.

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