Catch suspense author Maggie Thom’s full post at motivemeansopportunity.wordpress.com (She’s one hell of a liar!)
Usefulness of lies in mysteries: . . .although you were told lying isn’t a good thing, it sure can give a story and the characters, depth and ultimately, give readers situations and people that they relate to. The fun thing as a writer is we get to play with all of those lies and see how we can slide them into our story where they are going to have the greatest effect.
I know that you were told that lies are a bad thing but I’d like to tell you differently. Now don’t go and tell your wife, mother, friend, sibling, boss… that I said it was okay not to tell the truth! In some cases, though, lying can be dynamite… just maybe not so much in real life (although it sure can start some fireworks).
What I’m trying to say is that lying is great in stories…
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