In a recent post on her ThrillWriting blog, thriller author Fiona Quinn talks about writing scenes between predators and heroines.
In many ways, this kind of confrontation is like a dance. A heroine’s background and experience is a big determiner in how she will react to a predator. And her reaction will affect the predator’s response to her.
I’ve had more experience than I’d like with predators. Many of us women have. So much so that we’ve developed a sixth sense about them. We pick up on their energy instinctively in a way we didn’t used to.
The way they move. The reptilian smiles. The not-so-innocent, often lurid, repartee. The microaggressions in their body language.
As a writer, this helps me write scenes where these survival instincts are useful to my protagonist. They can also be detrimental to my protagonist when her instincts misinterpret a situation.
Understanding this dance between predators and heroines can be useful not only in crime fiction, but also romance and other genres. So I highly recommend you read Fiona Quinn’s post Predators 101: Info for Writers.