I’ve got murder on my mind…

I’m in the process of writing a romantic suspense novel, and I also just finished editing/revising an entirely different romantic suspense story. Since I’m pretty much writing or researching killers for the majority of my days, is it really any wonder that I’ve got murder on my mind?

I’ve become the suspicious sort. When I’m in the grocery store, I find myself glancing at the man in line next to me.  Why does he need that duct tape?  What’s up with the woman who has 5 boxes of heavy-duty garbage bags? Body disposal?

Yes, I know, it’s crazy, but when I get in a murder frame of mind, I just can’t turn it off! I start to see killers everywhere–and, no, that doesn’t always make for easy shopping experiences, but it sure does help for inspiration!

Think about it…just how well do you really know your neighbors?  What happens behind those closed doors? How well do we really know anyone?  People have secrets, plenty of them, and, sometimes, those secrets can be deadly.

So the next time you’re out shopping, why don’t you just take a look around.  You might be surprised at the things you see. And you might even find yourself getting inspired for a little suspense writing.

But…before I go…those post has me curious…what is the most suspicious thing that you’ve ever seen a neighbor or fellow shopper doing? (Does anyone remember The Burbs? Dangerous neighbors!)



About Cynthia Eden

Award-winning author Cynthia Eden writes dark tales of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader best-seller. Cynthia is also a two-time finalist for the RITA® award (she was a finalist both in the romantic suspense category and in the paranormal romance category). Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over thirty-five novels and novellas. More information about Cynthia can be found at www.cynthiaeden.com.
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13 Responses to I’ve got murder on my mind…

  1. Amy Remus says:

    OMG, Cynthia, I do the same thing! I am always curious of people after reading certain romantic suspense books. Like when there was a guy selling home alarm systems I told my husband I couldn’t do it. He could be a psycho who made it look like he was protecting us but could actually leave a window unlocked and come in at night and kidnap one of my kids. My husband, of course, thought I was nuts. Luckily, we decided not to go with that company anyway due to cost. Regarding something suspicious that I have seen someone else do? I think it is the unmarked vans I see. What do they have in there? One time I was even suspicious of the ice cream van that comes around. I wouldn’t let my kids go get ice cream without me. Then I had to inspect the ice cream before I gave it to them. I do let my imagination get the best of me. I still have Deadly Fear waiting for me on my Nook. I need to read that one during the day on a weekend I think. 🙂

  2. Liz Kreger says:

    I must not be the suspicious sort because it would never occur to me to view a person’s grocery purchases as potentially deadly. Rather I glance at the ice cream, candy, fattening junk food and then check to see the size of the person buying it (as well as the children if present). Shallow of me? You betcha, but I want to say 8 times out of 10, those people really don’t need all that junk food.

    • Cynthia Eden says:

      LOL, Liz, I’m scanning for serial killers and you’re searching the food–I love that! Wonder what else people are looking for? Now I’m worried that I’m being watched!
      Cynthia Eden`s last blog was …Street Team

  3. CateS says:

    Ok, now you’re reminding me of the commercial for the ‘Cloo’ channel on my cable… and if you haven’t seen it, maybe it’s up on utube… But yes, I do wonder about what people are going to do with what’s in their shopping carts…

  4. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Cynthia,

    Too funny! 🙂 I have to admit my whole family is affected by my murderous tendencies as well! It makes for interesting dinner conversation 😉
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Blog Tour for Family Blood Ties series – Vampire in Denial and Vampire in Distress!

  5. Edie Ramer says:

    Oh yeah, I’ve done that. I was in Walmart some years back and heard a young man and a young teen talking. I can’t recall exactly what they were saying, but I thought something hinky was going on. I stopped and asked the young teen if he needed help. He didn’t, of course, but if I hadn’t stopped them, I would’ve still been wondering if I allowed an abduction by not speaking up.

  6. Most suspicious thing I’ve seen . . .

    Keep in mind that I grew up in South Africa in the 80s and 90s. I’ve seen LOTS of very suspicious things, but the worst one? A guy standing by the open boot of his car as I walked past after an evening lecture, and I glanced his way. The boot was packed full of AK47s. This was in the car park of my university, at about 9pm at night. Allllll riiightee.
    No need for any speculation there.
    Michelle Diener`s last blog was …Visit to Ellenbrook Library, Saturday October 13th

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