Authors Laura Griffin and Allison Brennan have cowritten a book, the first in the Moreno and Hart series, titled Crash and Burn, which includes elements of both mystery and romance, and so they are here today to discuss their favorite onscreen romantic thrillers. Thanks, ladies!
We’re not weird!...Well, maybe we are.
Laura Griffin and I write romantic suspense on the dark side, and both of us get comments from friends and family asking why we write so dark. This always surprises us.
I never thought I wrote particularly dark until my second book came out. My husband worked in the California State Capitol at the time, and a mutual acquaintance approached him and said, “I just finished Allison’s new book.” He leaned into my husband and said, “It was really creepy. Aren’t you worried about her?”
My husband, always quick on the uptake, looked around, darted his eyes back and forth, and whispered, “I wasn’t until I read the draft of her next book. She castrates someone in the first chapter.”
Oh, to have been a fly on the wall!
Laura and I were talking about this phenomenon over drinks at a writer’s conference (because that’s what writers do at conferences, didn’t you know?) and she said her husband sometimes worries about her, too, but for different reasons. “I research a lot of pretty grisly stuff online—everything from bomb making to body disposal—and he’s convinced I’ve gotten myself on some FBI watch list.”
We started discussing why we love writing dark and suspenseful romantic thrillers. What turned us from the light, fluffy romantic comedies that we both love to read?