Of course I know that Fiction is Fiction. It’s made up imaginary stuff that gets written down for books or filmed for TV. Then why does it have such an impact on my life, especially the Crime genre?
I firmly believe that writing saved me. It shaped who I am today and kept me away from a destructive path that I could easily have taken without consideration. One big influence that led me to writing was watching TV shows and reading books. Those two mediums impacted me tremendously.
In regards to books, it was Thomas Harris’s Hannibal Lecter series. Even though the character was dark and lets say, he had some issues, I loved his intellect and what made him tick. Another author, Michael Connelly, who writes about a gritty detective, who is an outsider to society, probably had the biggest impact to why I write today. These Crime stories were filled with intrigue and undertones of the dark society that really exists. I remember reading these books and thinking I want to create worlds like this in my own way. There was never any hesitancy of if I could do it or not. I was just pumped to create some thrilling, suspenseful and meaningful storytelling, which would do more than provide escape for the reader, as those books did for me.
When it came to TV I used to watch shows like The Shield & Prison Break, ER & good old 24 and still watch some now: Dexter & House. They were steeped with not just suspenseful and thrilling storylines, but it was the complex characters that did it for me most. It sounds silly but I used to be inspired by them, weather it be a Jack Bauer or a Dexter Morgan.
This is why I love writing about crime; a dangerous world that I can experience through words. To create complex characters that linger in the mind, even if the book is not in front of them or even if it has been completed and returned back to the shelf. And usually in the crime genre, characters are darker and can often be outsiders to the world, which is something else I related to and still very much do.
It was the loneliness or isolation that led me to writing and why I connected so much with these fictional characters on TV and in books. And it is why I write about my own criminal world, filled with characters that share some of the values of say a Hannibal Lecter, Gregory House or a Vic Mackey, to share but a few. I’d like to think that I not only write for enthusiasts of crime novels but to reach those people who were in the same position I was in, but who may not have something that has saved them or touched them, like writing has for me.