In doing the research for this post, rather than develop questions, I found a sociopath questionnaire online and took it. I am happy to say, I’m considered a functional member of society, though I’d really like to see my score, not just receive a pass/fail grade. I mean, to what degree am I functional? A little? A lot? Then again, just worrying about that should tell me I’m fully functional, although mentally balanced might be the real question.
But what about the characters in my books? In all our books? While there’s no argument about bad guys being sociopaths, what about the good guys? What about our main protagonists? Don’t they need to have a bit of a sociopathic flare to get to the bottom of a murder? Otherwise, they’d just dial 9-1-1 and turn it over to the police. And where’s the fun in that?
So how does Odelia Grey, the main protagonist in my long-running Odelia Grey mystery series, stack up? While she’s no Dexter Morgan by a long shot, one might consider her a “functional sociopath” or “sociopath lite.”
|Hide & Snoop|
Coming Sept. 2012
But even with a blush of sociopathic behavior, she’s my gal. The sleuth who started my writing career.
I recently turned in Hide & Snoop, the 7th Odelia Grey novel, to my publisher, and am working on book 8. I'm under contract for 12 books total in the series. Maybe, just for kicks, I should ramp up Odelia's inner sociopath for the last few books and see what happens. Although, I draw the line at bone saws and blood sample trophies.