A Tribute to Writers #ShareTheLove

A Tribute to WritersWriters inspire, arouse, support, and even enrage … but no one can call us boring. For our readers we’ve watched bodies decompose at the Body Farm, witnessed autopsies and the miracle of childbirth. We’ve delved into twisted minds and nearly drowned in swirling questions of Why? or What if? We’ve lifted fingerprints with black powder and horse-hair brushes, studied ballistics and death investigations, and cried with a mother who lost her child in a fatal car wreck or senseless shooting. We’ve rallied for justice, rejoiced for equality, encouraged diversity, and have come too close to death on more than one occasion.

Writers know the grass is never greener once we cross the street, nor are most situations ever black-and-white. The gray areas are where we shine. It’s where we ask, “What if this happened instead?” Or, “How could she be so cold?” Or, “How did the killer feel as the life drained from his victim?” We’re driven to seek the ultimate truth.

Our innate curiosity, and yes, our imagination, takes us to places some may fear to dwell, but it’s also why we’re able to escape the confines of this world and create. Writers reign where passion ignites, where heroes become family and villains threaten our very existence. The turmoil we create can turn deadly. Everyone plays with fire, and no one is ever truly safe. In our world, husbands and wives keep secrets, best friends can get you killed or jailed, and our pets age uber-slow — we can’t bear to say goodbye!

We writers immerse ourselves in dark places, dance under the moonlight, and frolic in worlds not yet imagined. We delve into the more menacing side of life, where criminals stalk the street, where serial killers justify their actions, even though in the real world their reasoning never really makes sense.

How do we spend so much time researching monsters and not be affected? We are affected! What our readers find between the folds are bits of our shredded heart, our fears, our sorrow, our pain, our soul poured like sand through a child’s fingers. Writers feel everything … the joy, the heartbreak, the devastation. If we block those feelings and completely detach, we won’t be able to share what we find with you, dear reader. And that, is one of the best reasons we write. We’re storytellers. We’re visionaries. We are catalysts of change and sadly, targets of hate.

We’re storytellers. Some say professional liars, but I’ve never particularly liked that phrase. We aren’t liars. Our characters are in turmoil, their emotions spilled all over the page. Everything they think, see, hear, smell, touch, feel, including secrets best left buried, is on display. How is that a lie? Transparency implies the opposite.

We write … to heal, to satisfy, to ease our sorrow. We write … to dance, to sing, to celebrate life. We write … to entertain, to frighten, to touch lives. The reasons why we write are as varied and complex as the stories we tell. But all of us, every writer who has come before us and those who haven’t yet begun their journey, write to fulfill a need, a yearning, some may even say it’s a calling. We’re helpless to fight it. Our deep-rooted need to write was instilled early in life, often by the hand of other writers, and the overwhelming craving needs to be satisfied. So, we write.

We chase our dreams, celebrate our victories, and pick each other up when we fall. Writers support other writers — we’re forever linked by a shared love of the written word.

It’s in this spirit that I share the love for two special writers. Not only do I love their work, but these amazing storytellers help the writing community on a regular basis.

Jordan just scored her first BookBub feature deal for The Last Victim (she shared her experience in this post). Let’s help her make it count!

She also has two back-to-back releases. The marketing of which is its own special hell. Yet, she’s killing it! Go, Jordan!

I’m reading Fiona’s Salvation now. Ryker Townsend is one of my all-time favorite characters.

I adored Valentine Steel Heart. It’s Book 1 of an exciting new series, and it touched me on such a deep, emotional level.

Caleb never misses an opportunity to help his fellow writers. His first Kindle World book released in October. Let’s try to repay all the love he’s shown us over the years. Just scored my copy!

He also has a new memoir that’s sitting on my Kindle. Caleb is such a beautiful writer, with over 70 novels to his name. Impressive, right? I can’t wait to read The Man Who Talks to Strangers!

Writers are a rare, funny, eccentric, scary, supportive, helpful, loving bunch. We’re blessed to walk together on this journey. Which writers have inspired you? #ShareTheLove in the comments.

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Also in October, I became a member of the Kill Zone. As a longtime follower of the blog, the invitation had me happy-dancing for days. For tips with social media, blogging, and SEO, check out my first post.

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Which writer has inspired you? #ShareTheLove by giving them a shout-out in the comments, and leave a link to their blog or books!

About Sue Coletta

Member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers, Sue Coletta is the bestselling, award-winning author of psychological thrillers and mysteries. Sue's short stories and flash fiction have appeared in OOTG Flash Fiction Offensive magazine and numerous anthologies, and her forensic articles have appeared in InSinC Quarterly. In 2017, Feedspot awarded her Murder Blog as one of the Top 50 Crime Blogs on the net. Sue's the communications manager for Forensic Science and the Serial Killer Project, and co-hosts the radio show "Partners in Crime" on Writestream Radio Network. As a way to help fellow crime writers, Sue created a team of crime experts (detectives, coroners, police captains, etc.) and founded #ACrimeChat on Twitter. She's also a proud member of the Kill Zone (see details in full bio -- menu bar).

33 Comments

  1. Brilliantly put, Sue. Not always easy to explain why “We delve into the more menacing side of life…” but you have done so!

  2. So excited to see you at Kill Zone. Very happy for you!

  3. What a terrific post on your blog!! I really needed to read that, It is so validating. It reminded me of a comment by Hemingway about writing and bleeding. We bleed on the page because our hearts ARE shredded. I love your site and really admire what you do!

    • Thank you for all your kind words, MJ. It’s true; we all need a reminder now and then. The Hemingway quote is one of my favorites. He really nailed it.

      “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” — Hemingway

  4. Wonderful, uplifting post, Sue. You continue to amaze! 🙂
    –Michael

  5. Sue, Congratulations on The Kill Zone. I’ve been a follower for some time now and, always, the content is beneficial for writers. I also enjoy your blog, especially this post on writers. I have so many favorite writers, too many to name here.
    Thanks for a great post.

    • Thank you, Frances! The Kill Zone has always been one of my favorite blogs, too. This morning, I posted my 1st First Page Critique, and my nerves are kicking in. Time to pull on my big girl pants. Yikes!

  6. Beautiful post, Sue. Poetic and true.

  7. Being part of The Kill Zone is huge, Sue. Congratulations. One of my favorite writing teams (sisters, P.H.Parrish) is a member. I devour every Louis Kincaid book they release. I keep waiting (impatiently, LOL) for the next one., This was a great post. So many writers have inspired me, and so many have helped me on my journey, I am grateful for all of them.

    • Thanks, Mae! The invitation blew me away, that’s for sure. Not sure if you read Kris’ TKZ posts, but she recently shared her and her sister’s process. Love their writing traditions. I don’t think you’ll have to wait long for a new Louis Kincaid book. 🙂

  8. I agree with Gary’s comment. I’m not a writer, but Sue has helped me out with advice and support, and I thinks she’s an awesome person and writer. Great tribute, Sue.

  9. Someone coming to mind as a great inspiration for talent, sharing and helping others is Sue Coletta. Great to see her elevated to The Kill Zone. She’s every bit an equal to other TKZ contributors. Keep an eye on this Sue lady. She’s gonna be big. And remember – you heard it from me first 🙂

  10. Denise Hendrickson

    Outstanding post Sue. You and Jordan are two of my top favorites and I just got Caleb’s ‘Lovely Night to Die’. I am looking forward to checking it out. You all put such heart and soul into your writing and it shows in the stories you tell. Your characters always have such depth and emotion. Love every one! <3

    • Aww, thank you, Denise! <3 Quick funny story regarding emotion. Before I wrote this piece I was working on Book 3, Grafton County Series (writing Sage) when my husband strolled through the door. At first he thought I had a cold, then soon realized I was sobbing, tears streaming down my cheeks.

      Apparently, he didn't make the connection to my fingers flying across the keyboard, because he rushed over in a panic. "OMG, what's wrong?"
      Jolted back to real life, I raised my gaze from the computer screen but didn't answer.
      "Did something happen? Are the kids okay?"
      "It's Sage. She's--"
      Without a word, he strode into the kitchen. After grabbing a bottled water (the reason why he came inside in the first place), he stormed out the door, muttering under his breath, "Some days it's like living with a freakin' schizophrenic."

      LOL Our poor spouses deserve an award!

      • Denise Hendrickson

        LOL, poor man! But that is awesome. To be able to connect that way with what you are writing makes it all more real and easier for us, the readers, to connect with the characters. It makes them believable.

  11. Sorry for the typo on Thank you[h]. Some cyberspace troll grabbed that from my website.

  12. I echo powerful post, Sue. I esp. liked the question–and your thoughts–on how we keep from getting consumed by our creations. Lots of encouraging words in this blog. Thank you!

  13. What a powerful post, Sue. I think that’s one of the things I love most about the writing community. Writers support each other. They understand what other writers are going through and they’re helpful. Everyone knows it’s not a zero-sum game. Oh, and I really like your description of why people write – it’s excellent!

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