Giovanni Gelati, blog talk radio star and co-collaborator once asked my husband, fellow author Cody Toye, if he lived in fear of waking up with me standing over him with a butcher knife in my hand. While I can indeed shoot razor sharp darts at him with the look that is perfected over time with every married woman, I’m sure Mrs. Gelati can vouch for this; I have never caused him physical harm. I have ways of making him attest to this point, mwahaha.
How is it then that I can delve into the darker side of human nature without myself having murderous intent? The answer does not necessarily come easily. I have a vast interest in human psychology, and have done extensive research on the matter. I have also delved into several different religions and have studied the link between good and evil.
That alone does not allow me to create the scenes of murder and mayhem that sometimes make an appearance into my stories. I also suffer from severe insomnia. It is sometimes in this insomniac state that I have vivid daydreams. I also have nightmares that sometimes translate into good story ideas. Now the reader may wonder if I suffer from some sort of psychosis. I will answer that with…nothing that can be proved.
While writing however, nothing is as it seems. The characters quickly develop a life of their own. I then become as a silent observer, merely documenting what the characters are doing. When the story unfolds, I am often surprised at how it turns out. I do not revise the story for more than grammar or if it seems I may have missed a vital piece of information. Sometimes I write for several hours and go to bed, just to have one of the characters tell me I’m not done yet.
Thank you for taking time out to visit with me, and learn a bit more about how I write. The last thing I would like to add is that of the three Debtor’s Chip digital shorts that I have out, Aurora is by far the darkest of them. I hope you enjoy her.
HR Toye lives with her husband and fellow author Cody Toye and son, Gideon in SW Missouri. She is an avid reader and writer of thriller and suspense. Her digital short stories include the “Debtor’s Chip” ,that includes “Debtor’s Chip: Devon, Frederick and the newest release Aurora” and The Author’s Lab/Collaboration digital short story,”Bring Us Your Living…Now!” .You can purchase her work at Amazon, Barnes & Nobles and Smashwords.