How is writing psychological fiction different from writing a romance or murder mystery?
I’m making the comparison with the other two genres you mentioned strictly as a reader, since I don’t write in either of those genres. It’s my observation that in the romance genre, the hero and the heroine want the same thing; to come together, give in to their passion, although neither one knows it at the beginning or they fight it, deny it all together. In psychological fiction, the protagonist wants to be as far away as possible from the antagonist whether the antagonist is a person, event, circumstance, or the war going on in his/her head. In crime fiction, the hero wants to catch the bad guy who’s committing vicious crimes, usually murder. In psychological fiction, the bad guy isn’t necessarily a murderer.
Psychological fiction places a strong emphasis on motives, circumstances and internal actions, which manifests themselves externally. This genre delves into not only what happened but why. My novel Conspiracy of Silence is a psychological thriller and the psychological thriller borrows from the mystery, suspense and thriller genres but reverses the structure of the traditional thriller. The traditional thriller emphasizes the plot and physical action and tension. The psychological thriller emphasizes the characters and in Conspiracy of Silence, the protagonist has to use her mental resources to match wits with a formidable opponent, all the while battling for balance and understanding in her own mind about her circumstances.BLURB:
Nina Kasai is a gorgeous, Ivy League educated executive who would do anything to keep her past a secret, even from her husband. Seventeen years ago, she ran for her life and the truth has been locked away in the pages of her hidden diary, and in the mind of a disturbed woman who will never tell—ever.
When Nina lands the cover of a prestigious business magazine however, she can no longer hide from the powerful enemy she escaped. Phillip Copeland wants to be the next Governor of Massachusetts and he’s not above using his power and influence to silence Nina. He warns her to keep quiet about what happened all those years ago—or else.
As the stakes are raised, both politically and personally, Nina realizes the only way to win this game is to tell the truth. But who will believe her since her diary has been destroyed, and the only other witness isn’t talking?
Nina’s one chance at reclaiming her life hinges on a dramatic courtroom battle where nothing is as it seems. And when the verdict is read, four lives will be forever altere
The telephone rang at three a.m. A drowsy Nina answered it.
“I have bad news.”
She didn’t need a psychic to tell her that. It was three in the morning.
“What is it?” she asked Dan McCloud.
“It’s Constance Buckwell. She’s dead, Nina.”
Nina turned on the lamp on the nightstand and rubbed the sleep from her eyes.
“How could she be dead? I just spoke to her last night. She emphatically told me she was going to lie on the witness stand.”
“It’s a tough break, for her and for us.” Dan McCloud couldn’t hide his disappointment. Even at this ungodly hour, he was thinking like a lawyer.
“How did she die?” Nina asked.
“Heart attack. She was on her way home and collapsed on the bus. She made it to the hospital alive but died shortly afterwards.”
“This isn’t a good time to bring this up, but we just suffered a major setback and we need to rethink our strategy,” McCloud said. “This case is going to come down to your testimony. I’m still optimistic about our chances, but you have to be the most compelling witness in this case. Your recollection of details is what’s going to persuade a jury to vote for a conviction. Can you meet me at seven?”
Nina shook Marc awake. “We have big trouble.”
“What?” he asked without moving.
“Constance is gone. No more star witness.”
Marc popped up like a Jack-in-the-Box. “Where did she go?”
To hell is my best guess.
Gledé Browne Kabongo began writing at age 14 when she covered soccer matches for her hometown newspaper. She has also written for the Patriot Ledger and Metrowest Daily News, two Massachusetts based newspapers. She earned a master’s degree in communications from Clark University, and once had dreams of winning a Pulitzer Prize for journalism. These days her dreams have shifted to winning the Pulitzer for fiction, and a Best Screenplay Academy Award. For the past decade, Gledé has worked in senior marketing roles for organizations in the Information Technology, publishing and non-profit sectors. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two sons.
Author website: http://www.gledebrownekabongo.com
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