Fiction Vixen Book Reviews is pleased to welcome Cynthia Eden to the blog today. She is kicking off her blog tour for her latest release, Deadly Fear.
Into the Minds of Monsters (or How To Research a Psychological Thriller)
Hi, everyone! It is great to be here (thank you, Fiction Vixen!).
Today, I want to talk a bit about monsters. No, I’m not referring to vampires or werewolves (though I do so adore those supernatural guys). Instead, I want to chat about the real-life monsters who are out there—killers, kidnappers, and arsonists. When I began writing my Deadly series for Grand Central’s Forever line, I knew that I wanted to explore the “real-life” monsters who can make the world such a scary place.
In DEADLY FEAR, my heroine and my hero are both FBI agents. They work for a fictional unit called the Serial Services Division (the SSD). Their job is to track and to apprehend serials. In order to do that tracking, well, my heroine Monica Davenport has to get into the minds of the killers. She’s a profiler, so it’s her job to think like a killer.
As I began to write DEADLY FEAR, researching a profiler’s job was the easy part for me. Researching the mind of a killer—that was harder. When you are researching a psychological thriller, you have to delve into the good and the bad parts of the human psyche. And there are some very bad parts out there. Lucky for me, I have a friend who teaches psychology classes at our local university. So, when I wanted some fast and hard advice on the darkness that can dwell behind the handsome face of the man next-door, I turned to her.
I don’t think that any person is wholly good. We all have a bit of darkness inside, don’t we? But can some people be completely bad? I think they can be…especially after talking with my friend and conducting my research. So many killers have walked the streets. Actually, here in the U.S., we have more serial killers than any other country! Not the best statistic for tourism!
Yes, researching a psychological thriller can take you down a dark and twisted path, but that is the path that a killer would take, so it’s the path I explored for my book.
And DEADLY FEAR is a dark book. The characters haven’t led perfect lives, but Monica and her hero, Luke Dante, are trying to do their best to fight on the side of the “good” guys (as close to good as they can be, anyway).
But what do you think? Are people truly 100% good? Are some folks totally evil? What’s your take?
Thanks for checking out my post and heading into the minds of monsters with me!
Thank you Cynthia for the wonderful post and for sharing a little bit about your research for DEADLY FEAR .
Thanks to Hachette Book Group I have three copies of DEADLY FEAR by Cynthia Eden to give away to three lucky readers. To enter, simply answer Cynthia’s question from her blog post:
“But what do you think? Are people truly 100% good? Are some folks totally evil? What’s your take?”
Because the prizes are shipped directly from the publisher, contest is open to those with a US or Canadian mailing address, no PO boxes please. Giveaway is open until August 13, winner announced the next day. Good luck to all who enter!