I was reading an article on female crime writers this morning entitled, “After Agatha Christie” and I stumbled across the following quote by Laura Lippman,
“Thinking about crime is very personal for women because they know what it’s like to be prey.”
That’s both true and fascinating to me. Fascinating because if we consider the statement in reference to crime fiction written by women, we can’t help but agree. For as long as we can remember, women have been prey. Physically and socially. All one has to do is look at the #MeToo movement that was long overdue and cast an eye over the media. Rapes, assaults, psychological crimes like stalking, domestic assaults…and the list goes on. So it’s no surprise that crime novels written from domestic, psychological and police procedural perspectives are ever-rising in popularity. As is pointed out in the article mentioned above, who better to write female-centric crime than a female?
The big names in this genre are household names, and I love that there’s plenty of room for up and coming authors here too. (A fact that reassures me as a writer). Even more satisfying? Our arc has swung so far that the field is populated with men writing women’s crime fiction under female pseudonyms.
Now if we could just get to a point where women-centric crime falls off, we’d all start to breathe a little easier.
Do you read any female authors? Who? What genre do they write in?
What keeps you reading them? Let me know in the comments section below!