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rank 2371
word count 42430
date submitted 02.11.2011
date updated 03.11.2011
genres: Thriller, Horror, Crime, Erotica
classification: adult
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Blow Up the Roses

Randy Attwood

Why is so much murder, mystery and sexual brutality condensed among the few duplex homes built so close together on the Elm Street cul d'sac?

 

How much pain, horror and anguish can one cul d'sac endure? Why is so much murder, mystery and sexual brutality condensed among the few duplex homes built so close together? The answers are found within the language of flowers; and the language of flowers can be brutally frank. They can also save your life. I have never known the end of a book when I start it. I always felt knowing the end was a fraud upon the reader. The characters should discover their own ends. Outlining never worked for me. In Blow Up the Roses, I didn't know why Mr. Keene deserted Mrs. Keene. I didn't know the horrible truth about Mr. Brown, who rented the other side of the duplex from the Keenes. I didn't know why Mr. Califano had this recurring nightmare of a rose garden blowing up around him. I didn't know why I didn't trust Mr. Griswald and his Amway sales program. When I found out, I almost stopped writing the book. But sometimes characters demand their lives be put on paper. And sometimes it is far easier to create characters than destroy them -- until they destroy themselves.

 
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adult content, amway, crime, dark, flowers, serial killer, thriller

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randyattwood wrote 887 days ago

Read the first four chapters. Very creepy. Kind of reminded me of Tom Harris from the Hannibal Lector series. I like how you build suspense with Mr. Brown and whatever he's got cooked up in his duplex. The way you use Mr. and Mrs. adds a coldness to the writing that prevents the reader from getting comfortable. I think this is a great book. My only criticism, and it's petty, is the constant use of their names. You can replace them with more pronouns for flow. Highly recommended and starred.
Dina Rae



Thanks, Dina. More pronouns. I'll go look at that. I rather suspect I probably used names more as a way of getting distance from the really bad things going on, almost a kind of sterilization process. What you've presented is a very interesting situation for me (or for any writer, I imagine): you don't want the reader's flow to be interrupted but what is happening may be important to the tone. I very much appreciate you pointing this out and I think you've hit upon the reason this book feels different from my other books. Now I need to go back in and see and decided to make changes or not. And it may be just a very few changes. Actually, I love this kind of editing and it's great to have this kind of reader feedback.

billysunday wrote 887 days ago

Read the first four chapters. Very creepy. Kind of reminded me of Tom Harris from the Hannibal Lector series. I like how you build suspense with Mr. Brown and whatever he's got cooked up in his duplex. The way you use Mr. and Mrs. adds a coldness to the writing that prevents the reader from getting comfortable. I think this is a great book. My only criticism, and it's petty, is the constant use of their names. You can replace them with more pronouns for flow. Highly recommended and starred.
Dina Rae

randyattwood wrote 897 days ago

This writing is very assured, very competent, very chilling. That first chapter is the most disturbing I've read for a while. I think you have your genre totally pegged. Rivetting stuff.



I have never understood genre. And would be most appreciative if you would give me your opinion of what this genre is. That has been my problem with so much of my work. But Blow Up the Roses is very special to me because I entered into areas that I did not know I could enter, but once there could not stop exploring.

randyattwood wrote 897 days ago

This is so creepy..love it so far. Will let you know when I have read more :) Good luck! Angie



I'm afraid it gets very much creepier. I don't imagine people will believe this. But I almost just stopped writing it.

randyattwood wrote 897 days ago

Perhaps the long pitch could benefit by reworking into two or three paragraphs - more inviting. You know your voice and you write with confidence. I love the way you lull us into a comfort zone and then hit hard with a real shocker. Powerful writing and I shall have to read more.
Nick
'Where She Lies'



Mrs. Keene discovers herself in this book. And through awful knowledge and events becomes herself.

randyattwood wrote 897 days ago

Perhaps the long pitch could benefit by reworking into two or three paragraphs - more inviting. You know your voice and you write with confidence. I love the way you lull us into a comfort zone and then hit hard with a real shocker. Powerful writing and I shall have to read more.
Nick
'Where She Lies'



Thanks much for the comment and the suggestion. Yes, the long pitch needs to be broken up and I'll see if I can got back in and edit it thusly. Every system is so different. I'm glad the lull and the shock works for you! That kind of tension continues through the end. I hope.

Warrick Mayes wrote 897 days ago

Randy,

I think this book will do very well.
The first chapter was deliciously short, left me wanting more, more, more, needing to know the details of the man's wickedness.
The second was completely different but very well written. The first half gave me all I needed to know about Mrs Keene, and then kind of sagged a bit in the middle before picking up again as Mr Brown is threatened with eviction! A great way to end the chapter to keep the interest going.
This will be on my WL
Regards
Warrick

Nick Goulding wrote 897 days ago

Perhaps the long pitch could benefit by reworking into two or three paragraphs - more inviting. You know your voice and you write with confidence. I love the way you lull us into a comfort zone and then hit hard with a real shocker. Powerful writing and I shall have to read more.
Nick
'Where She Lies'

AngieL wrote 898 days ago

This is so creepy..love it so far. Will let you know when I have read more :) Good luck! Angie

Cariad wrote 898 days ago

This writing is very assured, very competent, very chilling. That first chapter is the most disturbing I've read for a while. I think you have your genre totally pegged. Rivetting stuff.

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