Thursday, November 26, 2015


Thursday brings us answers to another question submitted by you! This week’s winner is Deana. She asks: “What made you decide to write in the mystery/suspense genre?”  

For submitting her question, Deana won a ONE HOLY NIGHT by J.M. Hochstetler!    

If you have a question for us, leave it below. You might be our next winner! You could win a book by one of today’s top suspense/mystery writers – or a gift certificate to Amazon! (Questions submitted without contact information won’t be considered.)

I love cozy mysteries and I'd read everything Agatha Christie had written, so I decided to write something I'd like to read. It turned out to be fun! (Though it can be hard work, too.)

E.E. Kennedy

I've always read widely but any genre I've read needs to also have
some mystery or suspense. Even science fiction! These days I mostly read thrillers and suspense novels, so that's what I write.

Elizabeth Goddard


I’ve read in that genre for decades. After my first few unsuccessful attempts to respond to my friends who said, “Gee, you ought to write a novel,” I finally got it—I needed to write the novel I’d enjoy reading myself. So I embraced medical suspense, and the rest—as they say—is history.

Richard Mabry

As a huge fan of Nancy Drew when I was young, there really wasn't any other avenue that made sense to me. Even my genres that aren't
necessarily mystery/suspense have an element of suspense in them. What is more fun than the good guy winning?

 Cynthia Hickey (Melton)

I could say all of the above to the answers of the others. 

I grew up on Trixie Belden mysteries. I inhaled Phyllis A. Whitney novels, romance and mystery with the heroine in peril. Add to that my collection of TV programs: Perry Mason, NCIS, Murder She Wrote, Ellery Queen, etc.

It was only natural that I write in that genre, since it's the one in which I dwell so much!

Marji Laine

I grew up loving mystery. Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys were my favorite books. As I got older, I moved on to Agatha Christie
and Arthur Conan Doyle. Now I’m writing mysteries and suspense. And even my suspense novels have a touch of mystery! I think the genre chose me – not vice versa.

Nancy Mehl

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