I’m so happy to have a guest today--my friend, Camy Tang, author of the newly released Deadly Intent from Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense. Camy has offered to give away a copy of Deadly Intent in a drawing from those who comment. So please be sure to leave your contact information! And now, Camy…
I’m so excited to be on Missy’s blog today! Missy asked me to answer the question, "Is it easier to write suspense because of the built-in conflict of a villain?"
Actually, the presence of a villain in romantic suspense makes it a bit harder to write. Suspense villains tend to have very strong motivations for the evil and mayhem they’re causing, but that also means I have to make sure that their every action and decision is logical and works toward their ultimate desire.
Suspense villains are very focused and very intense, which makes me work harder to make sure the conflict they cause is also very focused and intense. It makes the romance arc harder to include because I have to take into account the danger the hero and heroine are in, which doesn’t leave much room for hanging out or going on dates.
My biggest challenge in writing a romantic suspense is that I have to make sure that each character decision—whether it’s the villain, the hero, or the heroine—makes sense. In life or death situations, a stupid character is a dead character. I’m sure we’ve all rolled our eyes at the heroine who takes a walk alone at night without a flashlight when she knows there’s a serial killer on the loose in the neighborhood.
Because of the villain’s evil intent, I have to double check that every character action is logical and purposeful—including the villain’s actions. A stupid villain kind of ruins the whole story!
Sometimes my hero or heroine will do something not-so-smart because of false assumptions about themselves or other people or God, like Naomi’s desire to control everything because she hasn’t fully given herself to God and doesn’t trust in Him.
I hope I’ve managed to give strong motivations for all my characters’ actions in Deadly Intent. I had my critique partners AND my editors check to make sure, anyway.
It’s my hope that readers will relate to how Naomi’s faith is tested when conflict and danger surround her. I certainly wouldn’t wish a dead body on anyone in order to test their faith, but life always has trials, and I want my readers to be encouraged by the things Naomi comes to realize about herself and about God in the course of the story.
Thanks for having me here, Missy!
DEADLY INTENT back cover blurb:
SCENE OF THE CRIME
The Grant family’s exclusive Sonoma spa is a place for rest and relaxation—not murder! Then Naomi Grant finds her client Jessica Ortiz bleeding to death in her massage room, and everything falls apart. The salon’s reputation is at stake...and so is Naomi’s freedom when she discovers that she is one of the main suspects! Her only solace is found with the other suspect—Dr. Devon Knightley, the victim’s ex-husband. But Devon is hiding secrets of his own. When they come to light, where can Naomi turn...and whom can she trust?
Camy Tang writes romance with a kick of wasabi. She used to be a biologist, but now she is a staff worker for her church youth group and leads a worship team for Sunday service. She also runs the Story Sensei fiction critique service. On her blog, she gives away Christian novels every week, and she ponders frivolous things like dumb dogs (namely, hers), coffee-geek husbands (no resemblance to her own...), the writing journey, Asiana, and anything else that comes to mind. Visit her website at http://camytang.com/ for a huge website contest going on right now, giving away fourteen boxes of books and 30 copies of her latest release, DEADLY INTENT.