Wednesday, February 10, 2016
I Love A Mystery...Or Is It A Thriller?
Before I tell you what I've heard as the "official" definitions for those terms, let me confess that what I write sometimes falls into one category, sometimes another. And really, what does it matter? If the reader enjoys it, I don't care what label goes on it. But here's what former agent Nathan Bransford says:
Thrillers have action.
Suspense has danger (but not necessarily action)
Mysteries have something you don't know until the end.
That having been said, I suppose what I write are either medical mysteries or suspense. But they have a bit of romance as well. I usually say they have just enough for women to enjoy them, yet not so much that a man throws down the book in disgust.
When it comes to contests, I usually have to classify my books as romantic medical suspense. On bookshelves... well, those titles are usually shelved by author name. I guess, as William Shakespeare said several centuries ago, "What's in a name?"
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