I’m on a panel this weekend dealing with that question and it occurred to me that I should ask a bunch of people interested in crime fiction to see what they think.
So why do we write mysteries?
Me: I like the chase. I like the physical aspect of being on the run from the villain. There’s nothing quite like the pressure of physical and mental danger to bring out the best or worst in our characters. How will they measure up? Testing their limits.
I have an interest in guns and explosions and shoot-outs.
I wanted to write a series. In a genre that allows me a lot of creative flexibility and freedom. I wanted the option to kill the hero before the end of the novel. I like angst, and I have an interest in people who don’t walk the straight and narrow.
Also, it’s what I enjoyed reading the most. And since I couldn’t quite find what I wanted to read, I had to write it myself.
BUT why do you write mysteries or suspense or any of their subgenres?