by KJ Howe
Please welcome bestselling romantic suspense author Debra Webb to the lair. Now here's a lady who knows about murder and mayhem--and has a wicked imagination to support her "habit". Take it away, Deb...
Generally when the average person thinks of murder for money, they think of assassins or some sort of criminal activity that involves a cover-up--particularly the covering of one's a**. Many times, whether it be the cover-up of an embezzled/stolen sum or an insurance policy benefit, money is involved. I received a fan letter once from a woman in prison in Baltimore who was serving two consecutive life sentences for paying someone to murder her husband. Unfortunately, as with anything else--you get what you pay for. She'd gone low end and paid a small sum for the deed. The man she paid ultimately testified against her and you know the rest.
But I'm not talking about that kind of murder for money, I'm referring to what I and lots of other authors do. We write about murder--killing lots of perfectly ordinary and often times nice characters--for money. We devise in our minds gruesome, hopefully unique, methods for killing. Our inspiration comes from all sorts of sources. Real life headlines are the most interesting, in my opinion. At times the simplest, seemingly innocent thing can trigger a devious plan in our minds. I once had a friend who told me she'd run out of gas along a lonely stretch of road--thank God for cell phones. As she waited for her husband to come to her rescue, she noticed a garbage bag in the ditch. It was one of those large black bags with the yellow tie handles. The bag appeared partially full and looked as if it had been there for a while. Her mind instantly began running scenarios about what or WHO could be in the bag. How they might have been murdered and dismembered. By the time her husband arrived with gas for her car, she'd created a gruesome murder scenario. While her husband poured the gas into her tank she went on and on (in great detail) about how exciting this new idea was. Her husband turned to her and said what my own husband says to me quite often, “I can't believe I go to sleep next to you at night.”
I would love to hear the wicked thoughts that go through your mind. Have you ever been sitting in the lobby of the doctor's office and watched the people around you, wondering who would leave their appointment with the doc and meet their appointment with destiny? Do you watch your favorite television show or movie and lie in bed afterwards mulling over how that one murder scene might have worked better if…?
Murder for money, it's a dirty job but somebody has to do it. Think how boring television would be without the likes of Jack Bauer? Someone had to write all those great action and killing scenes! Thank goodness for the uninhibited imagination.
Deb, I couldn't agree more. My mind goes in that direction more often than I'd like to admit! So, Bandita Buddies, let's hear what's running through your minds today...
Debra Webb's romantic suspense publishing career launched in September 2000. Since then this award-winning, best-selling author has published more than seventy novels. Visit her website at www.debrawebb.com.