Sunday, May 24, 2020

Whodunit by Pat Simmons

I'm a romance author. I've been writing Christian romance novels for more than 15 years. I’ve never considered another genre------until COVID-19.

For readers who enjoy cozy mysteries, they’re a stickler for the formula, which is mainly a body and clues. The shelter-in-place has increase my husband and my craving for whodunits. Kerry asked why I don't write cozy mysteries. 

Easier said than done. "I don't know the formula," but out of curiosity, I checked out the definition on Google: "A whodunit story is a complex, plot-driven variety of the detective story in which the puzzle regarding who committed the crime is the focus."

Aren’t my romances complex plot-driven without a puzzle? I concede. The movies seemed to have at least ten suspects—okay, maybe just five, who all have motives, the means, and the opportunity to knock off the victim before the first commercial break.

What I've learned about cozy mysteries is the main character, usually a woman, is an amateur sleuth and it takes a village to solve the mystery. Plus, tons of misleading clues.

Romance novels must have unforgettable strong, but flawed characters who often clash more than once. They fall in love and the stage is set for a black hole moment or breakup. With the aid of their best friends, they reconcile their differences to somehow guarantee a happy ending, so I can enjoy a good night’s rest, and don't forget about the unforgettable first kiss.

Yeah, I think I'll stick to creating romances and leave the mysteries to Charlaine Harris' Aurora Teagarden and Nancy Grace's Hailey Dean.

Pat Simmons is a multi-published Christian romance author with more than thirty-five titles. She is a self-proclaimed genealogy sleuth who is passionate about researching her ancestors, then casting them in starring roles in her novels. She is a three-time recipient of the Romance Slam Jam Emma Rodgers Award for Best Inspirational Romance. Pat describes the evidence of the gift of the Holy Ghost as a life-altering experience. She has been a featured speaker and workshop presenter at various venues across the country. Pat has converted her sofa-strapped sports fanatical husband into an amateur travel agent, untrained bodyguard, GPS-guided chauffeur, and administrative assistant who is constantly on probation. They have a son and a daughter. Pat holds a B.S. in mass communications from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. 

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  1. I like cozy mysteries. I usually have a mystery in my romantic suspense stories.

  2. I enjoy cozy mysteries too, but have never written one.

  3. I love watching mystery shows and movies. I write mystery and suspense and enjoy reading it as well.

  4. I love cozy mysteries and have thought about writing them too but have chosen (for now) to stick with romance :) Great post!