Writing Process

Genres: Part 1 – Detective

On Twitter, I was asked why I write in my particular genre. While Wounded Bride is a detective novel, I like to write in many genres.

I’ve decided to answer this question in a series of blog posts, because I would like to talk about many genres, and putting them all in one post would probably get a little too long.


Detective novels have a basic structure that allows for a lot of dialog when the police are questioning suspects or discussing their cases. I like writing dialog, so that makes things fun, but because detectives have procedures to follow, it can start to sound a bit formulaic. That can be a good or a bad thing, depending on your view. I think that I, and perhaps other Readers, enjoy the comfort of watching their favorite detectives do what they do best to solve crimes, even if there might be quite a lot of repetition in the genre. I think this is why you rarely find just one book about a particular detective, and Wounded Bride is the first in a series.

As a writer, I get the same enjoyment of hearing about what happens to my detectives. Because I am usually a Pantser, I know very little about what will happen next in my story, and while that can leave me vulnerable to plot holes, it also makes the book flow better because I just find out what happens, same as the Reader. It feels like a more natural process for me, so for my first draft, I just start writing.

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