About Catherine

I’m Catherine Tucker, a small town, chocolate-loving, coffee-craving, God-fearing, fiction writer and blogger who lives deep in the heart of Texas. In my bi-weekly posts, I will be sharing fresh and engaging content from my insight, as well as other published authors, which I hope will be informative and inspiring.

Mysteries – Why We Love Reading Them and Writing Them

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Mysteries have been around for ages, dating as far back as Edgar Allan Poe penning “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” in 1841. It’s recognized as the first modern detective story. And then there’s Arthur Conan Doyle who created the most famous detective of all times, Sherlock Holmes, first appearing in 1887 in “A Study in Scarlet.” Those are the forerunners. Since then many great mysteries have followed.

But the question is, what is it about mysteries that make us love them? When we read them, why can’t put them down? What fascinates us so about mysteries?

I love a good mystery or thriller! I love reading them and I love writing them. I’m no psychologists, but I’m going to play arm-chair psychologist today and take a stab at why we love mysteries.

Most readers love the thrill of the chase, action, and suspense — even danger — as long as it can be enjoyed from a safe distance — from the pages of a book or a movie screen.

I believe it’s in our DNA to problem-solve. As with a puzzle or Rubik’s Cube, we must fit the pieces together. And when we put the pieces together, solve the problem, or figure out “who dunnit” we are affirmed as the intelligent beings we always knew we were.

Mysteries take us on an adventure, an escape. We can live vicariously through the experience of the protagonist, and we can accomplish great and heroic feats through him or her. I have no illusion that I’m a hero in my own little world. That’s why I love stepping into the shoes of a great detective or spy.

When the good guy or girl prevails, all is right with the world for that particular moment after reading these two small words, “The End.” Endorphins surge through our bodies just as they do after eating a decadent piece of chocolate or sipping a chilled glass of Chardonnay — or whatever takes you to your happy place. 🙂

I believe writers write mysteries for the same reasons. We want to give readers a delectable memorable experience. We want to offer them a treat for the soul. In my estimation, there’s no higher artistic achievement than that.

So what do you think? Drop me a line tell me why you love to read or write mysteries.

Au Revoir!

Catherine

Fierce Women Who Happen to be Authors – A Conversation with Sue Latham

Just in time for Halloween, I’d like to introduce to you the fourth author in my Fierce Women series Fierce Woman Paranormal author Sue Latham. Sue is the author of two novels The Haunted House Symphony and The Science Professor’s Ghost. In our conversation, Sue talks about the ghosts in her stories and ghosts in real life. She shares an interesting story of paranormal activities she observed on a particular ghost hunting expedition with her Ghost Hunting Group.

fierce-women Sue also talks about her experience as a writer and shares great writing advice for aspiring writers perfectly timed for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

Sue has traveled extensively. And in Europe, she walked in the footsteps of Beethoven, Mozart, Einstein and Van Gogh and was once blessed by the Pope.

Join me for a “spooky” yet fascinating conversation with Sue Latham!

Sue’s books can be found on Amazon.com.

The song featured in this post is called “Neo Soul Day” by Texas Radio Fish.

Fierce Women Who Happen to be Authors – A Conversation with Deondriea Cantrice

I am so excited to introduce to you Deondriea Cantrice, one of the most dynamic women I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. Deondriea is a true success story! And I’m honored to include her in my Fierce Women series.

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Statistics would have told you Deondriea would be a high school dropout living on welfare. That’s because Deondriea was a teen-mom. Despite having this life-changing event as a major obstacle to overcome, Deondriea persevered to become a celebrated author, motivational speaker, and youth coach.

Deondriea is also a marketing maven who has been able to not only build her brand, but she has been able to assist others in building a sustainable brand as well.

Deondriea was awarded the Distinction of Excellence Award by Stiletto Woman in Business Award (SWIBA) in 2014 and named a finalist for the SWIBA Author of the Year in 2014. She is intelligent, hardworking, and everything she does is done in excellence!

Please join me for an enthralling conversation with Deondriea!

Deondriea’s books can be found on Amazon.com:

Tip Toes, Steel Toes and Stilettos, Rhythm Can’t Keep Time, When Emotions Lie, After the Rain, Write and Grow Rich, You! Branding Yourself for Success!

The song featured in this post is called “Neo Soul Day” by Texas Radio Fish.