Death and the Writer

I can’t claim all writers write about death but I can say what I write about often – ok, pretty much all the time – includes death. I started a novel about a vampire who isn’t one of the nice vamps. I started my detective series and there are obviously a few homicides there. Then I started a fluffy romance novel. I was writing it just for fun, to have a light project to work on with a character that I really love. Then I somehow ended up writing a murder for her to solve. I didn’t even mean to that time, it just happens when I start writing. I started another story about a guy, his girlfriend, and their pet raccoon George and they come together to crash a plot to destroy the world. The three of them survive. Not everyone else is so lucky…

I wrote the below poem June 17, 1987 at the insightful age of 11. I know the exact date because I have a copy of it in my little kid handwriting – signed and dated of course. It shows that death has always been one of my main topics.

Death by Natalie Dumas (I wasn’t also a Heidt yet)

Death is scary and mysterious

Strikes at any time

For different reasons, and in different seasons

It worries everyone’s mind

But death will soon come to everyone

And everyone will die

Because death is just another part of life

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I am a wife and mother with a day job, and I spend much of my spare time writing. This blog will follow the adventure of trying to get published, along with anything else that comes to mind.

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