short stories = my first love… crime fiction = my second love 🙂
Settling in at ‘home’ again? Is a crime imminent, or has one already happened?
In HOMED, the second in my Crime Shorts series, a boy is being ‘helped’ to settle in a civilised manner.
One of the issues I had in mind when I wrote this was the Australian disgust when they built standard homes for aborigines and then found that understanding and use of sanitation and housekeeping did not come automatically with the facilities provided.
We have to be inside the head of our characters when writing fiction. Even more so, perhaps, by ‘the helping professions.’
There are crimes motivated by negative emotions: jealousy, anger, need to control/overpower. There are also crimes perpetrated by ignorance. The crimes we may feel most are those that penetrate our individuality. Blind kindness, adherence to established process, bureaucracy – these can lead to…
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