Your first thought is probably, ‘of course not.’ But think about it a minute and you may change your mind.
I know if you talk to an author, you can quickly tell whether or not they write mysteries if you’re talking about writing. But what if you’re talking about life in general or nothing in particular?
I think this is where the writer and the reader can be a lot alike. Mystery lovers (authors and readers) tend to look at the world slightly different from other. We can’t help ourselves. We can image a mystery about almost everything.
Here’s an example: An elderly-looking man sits on a park bench everyday feeding the ducks. No one ever stops and talks with him. A young co-ed jogs by him each day never seeing him. She listens to her iPod and plans how she’ll spend the trust fund she’ll soon inherit. A few days later, the co-ed isn’t jogging through the park and the ducks are going hungry as there’s no one feeding them.
Non-mystery lovers may read this and think the young co-ed is off spending her trust fund and the elderly man is either sick or has died.
But, if you’re a mystery lover what do you read it as? Was the co-ed kidnapped for her money? Did the elderly man do it? Was he really an elderly man? Was he a former lover she ran away with? Did she just take off to get away from her family who would want her money? Was the old man hiding from the mob and they finally found him?
Do you have as many questions about this as I do? Share your version of the story with us.
* This post was inspired by the Little Things Mean A Lot post by the talented author/blogger Margot Kinberg at Confessions of a Mystery Novelist.... Be sure to check out Margot’s post and blog. You won’t be disappointed.
Now what’s your take on the co-ed and the elderly man? Do you agree mystery lovers see a mystery everywhere we look?