Being among all those writers of stories filled with murder and mayhem reminded me how unique we are. Here are some indications you might be a mystery writer.
You know you’re a mystery writer when...
- You see a body fat scale in a catalog and wonder if it could be modified to be used as a murder weapon.
- You start writing a romance and you kill off the love interest within the first two chapters.
- You like to pick out the mistakes on a television crime drama.
- The first thing you do when you enter a hotel room is look behind the shower curtain to make sure there’s no body.
- You think twice about throwing out old underwear because someone could get your DNA off it.
- You see someone in a hardhat working on a traffic light and wonder if they’re really fixing the light or doing a bit of surveillance.
- Someone annoys you and you immediately start planning their fictional death. (My personal favorite.)
- Dinner conversation includes whipping out a set of lock picks and talking about trying them out on your hotel room door.
- You drool over the latest book on forensics.
- Your browser bookmarks include sites on poisons, how burglar alarms work and other things you wonder if the government and local law enforcement authorities will feel the need to interrogate you about.