But how far out of the box do you think?
This question came into my mind a couple of weeks ago while reading an article in The Wall Street Journal. The article was about an author who, as you might guess, wrote outside the box. The author, Chelsea Cain, writes a series where the protagonist is a serial killer.
Sure, there have been other serial killer protagonists. I can’t get cable, but I know about Dexter. Cain’s twist that takes this protagonist out of the usual is that this protag is a woman. The WSJ called her “the blond, icy blue-eyed serial killer Gretchen Lowell.” Some reviewers have called the novels “nightmare-inducing bloodbaths.” You can link over to the article to read some of the ways the character has killed people, including children.
Cain says that her series is especially popular with women.
When the first manuscript circulated, a bidding war broke out among publishers, and Minotaur, a crime and thriller imprint, acquired the first three books for seven figures. She recently signed for three more.I’ve not read any of the books in this series. Have you? How far out would you go to come up with something “new” that would catch the eye of an agent and/or reader?