Interesting Times

Reality is just unreal.

I used to think a good place to get ideas for my crime novels was the news. Of course, I’d have to spice real life up a bit…but lately, it seems like every time I watch the news, I’m faced with a story I’d never get away with in a book. Real life just seems to be becoming more and more bizarre. If I was to write a ‘ripped from the headlines’ story now, I’d have to tone it down, not spice up.

So what’s a writer to do? Well, write reality and put in a foreword to say ‘no, this really happened, honestly!’ or generations from now, no-one is going to believe your book.

Or go with the flow, make your book as outrageous and unbelievable as possible and see how long it takes reality to catch up.

Ignore reality, write sci-fi or historical, and then wait to see how close to reality your book has come despite being ostensibly set in a totally different time and place.

We all know the Chinese curse ‘May you live in interesting times’. Well, that’s happening to us. Our job, as writers, is to either reflect it or escape from it.

Either way, no-ones ever going to believe any of it was real.

The House at Baker Street by Michelle Birkby

The Women Of Baker Street

Sent from my iPad


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