Mysteries About People, Not Puzzles: Introspective Noir

Joel D CanfieldThat’s my genre: mysteries about people, not puzzles. The short and shareable marketing-friendly version: introspective noir.

I love writing about people. I love looking inside our heads, yours and mine, trying to understand why we are the way we are.

Humans are irrational

Sometimes we’re mean to those we love or kind to those we don’t. We know exactly what we want, and then when we get it we discover how wrong we were.

We live in moments, barely able to conceive of the future, let alone plan for our being there. We invest far more effort in changing our perspective of the past than in ensuring that we don’t make it a prologue to our future.

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Length Angst

meterThe first Jesse Donovan novel, anodyne, is currently 45,000 words.

Even after I tuck in the remaining elements of the B story I’m having fun with, it won’t be much more than that.

Editing usually reduces word count. I’m verbose by nature. Tom calls me on it every time.

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