Thursday, November 17, 2011
Little White Lies
Regardless of the type of novel I am writing, the emphasis is always on the human relationships between the characters. Murder mysteries, spy novels, and all the rest would not be worth my time if the reader was not emotionally impacted by the relationships.
One of the best police procedural novels I am aware of involves the murder of a street person that seemed not to have a past. No one knew him, no one loved him, but his death affected the homicide detective deeply. The police officer’s marriage was falling apart and the author created a poignant contrast between his failures as a husband and the derelict on the autopsy slab in the morgue.
Human relationships are important, and I often draw from what I observe in the real world. Here is a recent incident that will probably appear in one of my novels.
Five young women, probably in their early thirties, were blocking the center aisle in Wal-Mart as I tried to squeeze past. The man with them said, “You girls take your time. I’m going to the automotive section and prowl while you’re shopping.”
Megan: “Rob, do you know how insulting that is?”
Rob: “What did I do?”
Megan: When a woman passes her twenty-fifth birthday she doesn’t want to be called a girl.”
Rob: “I thought you were twenty-four on your last birthday.”
Megan, with a smile climbing slowly up her face: “Just take your time Rob. I love you.”
Posted by Joe Prentis at 9:00 AM