by Kristine Coblitz
In a recent issue of the technical magazine I work for, we ran a piece called “The Top 10 Reasons You Know You’re an Engineer.” It was highly entertaining, and I thought it would be fun to apply this concept to mystery writers.
So here is my version of the Top 10 List for those of us who write about crime for a living.
You Know You’re a Mystery Writer if...
Number 10: You have the CSI theme song as the ring tone on your cell phone.
Number 9: You plot devious and interesting ways to murder your family and friends...on the page, that is.
Number 8: Your online search history has more crime-related hits than the FBI.
Number 7: Your idea of appropriate dinner conversation includes stories of blood splatter and blunt force trauma.
Number 6: Your dream job is working as a crime scene clean-up crew member.
Number 5: Your copy of FORENSICS FOR DUMMIES is filled with Post-It Notes.
Number 4: You keep Court TV on the television as background noise.
Number 3: You start wondering if your quiet, quirky neighbor is really a serial killer.
Number 2: You've tried to decorate the outside of your house with yellow crime scene tape.
Number 1: The local police have you on a watch list because you've called more than once to ask about how to get away with murder.
What would you add to the list? Let's see how many more we can come up with.