I’m an observer of human behaviour – a detective of motive, consequences, and choices. Puzzling out the “why” is important to me. This part of my own character has served me well as an educator and may explain my love of solving mysteries. If I had a knack for other languages and jumping from moving trains, I might have pursued a career in secret intelligence (or maybe I did and can’t tell you!)
When writing, once I know the “why” of the project, other details can be gathered and researched even if they are not in my own experience and knowledge base. When I started writing Oak Island Revenge, my propelling thought was, “What if a perceived tragedy in a community was a certain kind of justice?” From there, I gathered details about living in Western Shore during the 50’s to put the meat on the bones of the story.
A writing mentor once told me that I could write anything if I put my mind to it. I actually think this is possible for anyone who has the desire to write – once you know the “why.”