I enjoy mysteries and have been trying to write one of my own since 2009, with limited success. :0)
In that time I have completed three novels. I signed with an agent for the first time in 2011, but we only worked together for about six months. She soon left the business. I signed with another agent in 2013 and worked with her for several years, even getting to a place where we sent a manuscript out to a handful of editors. I adored working with her, but she also decided to leave the business. Not a good track record, huh? I mean, if I was an agent, I’d stay far away.
But I still love mysteries and want to one day understand how to construct one effectively.
I have posted my third novel on Wattpad, because I’m hoping to get feedback from readers. I think understanding where a reader loses interest or when something feels inauthentic will help me in this lifelong quest.
It’s a steampunk set in the Netherlands called Werks, Queens, and other Dangerous Things. Check it out if you have an interest!
To me it still feels self-conscious and the mysteries are too familiar for me to know if they’re obvious– but what I’d really love is to hear from others.