I find it interesting what books I gravitate towards when I go to the local library, as I did today, with my son Vincent. Today I got four books – two were about queens of England around (but before) the Tudor period, and two were about true crime. Queens and crime. Hmmm. Must mean something.
At any rate, I have already decided that one of the true crime books is not to my liking so am left with three books. The one I have started reading is the remaining true crime books and I am now almost half way through it. I believe I have developed my interest in true crime because I am deeply interested in why people do what they do, especially “serious” crimes like murder.
I also think this psychological interest is what allows me to write successfully in voice - I spend much time researching my subject prior to adopting his/her/its voice. I have written as a rat on a slave ship, a button on a shirt (ok, I didn't really research that one much) and as a torturer. None of these things am I , yet I was able to write as if I was fairly well, at least in the opinion of my instructor. :)