Mystery in the Highlands
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Mystery in the Highlands
by Terry Spear
I always loved reading mysteries when I was younger—Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie, children’s mysteries, and really, anything that included an unsolved mystery. And so even though I write the paranormal, what greater mystery is there? The mystery of the unknown.
While I was writing this blog, I was listening to an audio book that is a romance, but is filled with ghosts and a group who are both ghost-type hunters, yet also trying to explain a murder, not from a paranormal aspect.
It’s fun for me to have the mystery in my stories—in HEART OF THE HIGHLAND WOLF’S case—the mystery is in who Julia Wildthorn is—besides being a sexy red werewolf. Ian MacNeill knows she’s lied about her name, her occupation, and her reason for being at his castle, and he’s bound and determined to learn the truth.
But Julia also is seeking to uncover a mystery—a family box hidden away in the interior of the castle, and she must pilfer it without getting caught—not an easy matter when she learns the castle occupants are a werewolf pack, not just a Highland clan. What is the importance of the box and what does it contain?
Just as one mystery seems to be solved another or two take its place. Some mysteries are for the characters to solve as we know the answer ourselves. Then, the fun is seeing the characters trying to solve the mystery while we can sit back and enjoy. But some are just as much a mystery to the characters as for us. And then we have to keep on reading to see the resolution. Want to know a secret? Often I am reading right along, not knowing the answer either. Oh, eventually, I have to work out the mystery and share it. Then I go back in and drop hints and clues along the way. But before that happens?
I’m trying to figure it out myself. I’m definitely not a plotter who plots out the entire book before I write it, but a pantser who writes by the seat of my pants. If I try to plot out the story, it would never be written.
When I was trying to come up with the way I would take care of the bad guy at the end of HEART OF THE HIGHLAND WOLF, I thought of several different scenarios. But then I came upon one that would be perfect. Whenever we mention something in some detail, it should be important to the story. Even describing a room, or an artifact. Otherwise, why bother? It’s like setting a stage in a play. We can’t have everything on stage, just that which will give the feel of the setting.
So when the heroine arrives at the castle, she describes some important aspect of it. And that will be extremely important at the end.
I can’t tell you what it is, of course. But if you read HEART OF THE HIGHLAND WOLF, be sure and drop me an email and tell me what you believe it was! Do you love mysteries in the stories you read? Here are some points to ponder—what does a werewolf wear under his kilt? How does a wolf slip around a castle unnoticed when the occupants’ senses are as highly attuned as hers?
Thanks to Night Owl Romance for having me here today!
HEART OF THE HIGHLAND WOLF BY TERRY SPEAR – IN STORES JUNE 2011
Each holds a secret they can’t possibly overcome alone…
Julia Wildthorn is sneaking into Argent Castle to steal an ancient relic, but reluctant laird Ian MacNeill may be the key to unlocking the one answer she really wants discovered…
From brilliant storyteller Terry Spear, modern day werewolves meet the rugged Highlands of Scotland, where instinct meets tradition, and clan loyalties give a whole new meaning to danger…
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry Spear has an MBA from Monmouth College. An eclectic writer with a PW Best Book of 2008 (Heart of the Wolf), she writes paranormal romance as well as historical and true life stories for both teen and adult audiences. Spear lives in Crawford, Texas. For more information, please visit www.terryspear.com.
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