I have a few projects in the works that I’m getting around to publishing, but I’ve decided to publish one of my earlier manuscripts, Murder and Mayhem. The idea behind it was to purposefully create doubt in the reader’s mind so that it was never clear who the killer was or if there even was just one killer from the beginning. Some of the people who had read it years ago didn’t like that the story didn’t come to a neatly delivered conclusion like the mysteries from Hollywood, but that’s sort of the point. I wrote it to purposefully not have a neat and clean ending. The whole point is to wonder what the holy hell actually happened and who was lying the entire time. That’s kind of how real-world murder mysteries work; cases go cold because no one can figure out what happened and who did it. I didn’t want to dumb down a story by ending it with something only acceptable in an episode of Scooby Doo.
I love telling stories, but the central point of storytelling is to capture the imaginations of the listeners to enthrall and entertain. Stay tuned for more stories to come!