Welcome to W. S. Gager
November 25, 2011
Wendy, thank you for visiting my blog today and sharing your thoughts on Inspiration, Author Enjoyment, & Reader Wishes…
W.S. Gager has lived in Michigan for most of her life except when she was interviewing race car drivers or professional woman’s golfers. She enjoyed the fast-paced life of a newspaper reporter until deciding to settle down and realized babies didn’t adapt well to running down story details on deadline. Since then she honed her skills on other forms of writing before deciding to do what she always wanted with her life and that was to write mystery novels. Her main character is Mitch Malone who is an edgy crime-beat reporter always on the hunt for the next Pulitzer and won’t let anyone stop him, supposedly.
On my inspiration–Much of my ideas comes from my days as a reporter and many of the things I saw that I wanted to “fix” but couldn’t. The toddlers in pajamas found in drug dealers homes and how their lives would never be the same after a search warrant was executed. Tarps covering teenaged bodies in wrecked vehicles and the faces of the parents who couldn’t wrap their head around the loss of a child. Forgotten seniors packed into nursing facilities waiting patiently for day cares to bring in children to change the doldrums of their existence. I could only report what I found. I couldn’t fix any of those things as an objective reporter. Mitch is able to fix those things and say things I couldn’t. My mystery author inspiration started with Carolyn Keene and Nancy Drew told me I could solve crime. I moved on to Agatha Christie and read most of the mother of modern mystery. I love trying to write so people can’t figure out who did the crime until I’m ready to tell them.
On being an author–I love the creative part. Writing the rough draft for me is so much fun. I never know what the characters are going to do. I have the beginning of the story kicking around in my head and a very rough idea of how the story will turn out but what comes in between is pure magic. My characters take over, start talking back to me. It always amazing how it all comes together at the end.
I want readers to smile and then buy all my other books. (smile) I also want readers to hit their forehead with the palm of their hand and say, “why didn’t I see that” as the bad guy is revealed. I want them to think about the story and realize all the clues were there but laid out so innocuously that their importance wasn’t apparent until the villain is unmasked. I want people to enjoy my books as much as I enjoyed Nancy Drew and the Agatha Christie mysteries.
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