Last night I attended a presentation by Robert Liparulo. The venue was about an hour from my home, and I rode up with a friend.
Bob's presentation (since I've actually met him, I call him Bob now *grin*), was entertaining and dealt with writing suspense and thrillers. Duh. Now you know why I made the trek.
But it was a question Leslie asked on our way home that got me thinking.
How many big-name—household-name—female suspense/thriller writers can you name? And why aren't there more?
Leslie postured that perhaps men were genetically engineered to write a better thriller.
Now, before you jump all over Leslie, she's one smart cookie, and was only trying to ferret out something that made sense. And since Leslie's background is in the medical field, well . . . her initial suggestion came from an honest place.
And during our drive home, I wasn't able to come up with anything brilliant to offer as an alternative.
But I've thought about it since and have concluded that while the reason isn't gender-based, perhaps it's gender-biased.
I admit, I have room to grow myself. For example, I had to remind myself that Memoirs of a Geisha was written by a man.
There's a reason why groups like Sisters-in-Crime came into being.
It's a question of opportunity. It's a question of awareness. It's also a question of commerce.
What do you think? Are we genetically hard-wired to be better at writing certain types of novels, or is it something else?
CR: Heat Lightning by John Sandford.
It's all better with friends.