Mystery or macabre? I bounce between the two genres repeatedly. When the muse strikes, you have to answer no matter how she directs you.
Mystery I started out like many of my peers reading The Bobbsey Twins but unlike them I skipped past the requisite Nancy Drew stage and jumped straight into the arms of John D. McDonald’s Travis McGee. And, unlike most of Travis's girls, I not only survived his adventures but I also came away with a life-long love of mystery.
Macabre has been defined as ghoulish, ghastly, chilling, gruesome, morbid, deathly, and more. I like to think my stories touch on a little of each of these aspects. I have always enjoyed scary stories even if I had to make them up myself. As a young adult, I discovered the world of Stephen King and was completely enthralled. I've been writing traditional mystery for some time but quite often my stories have gotten darker and touched on more ethereal characters.
I have written three novels of mystery, one very scary one, and another in the works. They are all unsold to date, but I keep working on my craft and hope that the next story will be the one.
Full moon over Galveston Bay courtesy of Denise Franklin Rhodes
Raven picture taken by Karen Duxbury
Zombie picture of me and my son courtesy of the amazing Carter Reid: TheZombieNation.com, Other photos by Karen Duxbury