I’ve spent a lovely couple of hours this morning researching how one may have killed someone with poison in 1921. I now know far more about arsenic than is reasonably healthy. At some point, with all this procrastination, someone may actually get murdered in this draft!
I’m also struggling to get my head around how to write about a murder in a way that isn’t too shocking for younger readers. I know that authors such as Robin Stevens have had huge success with murder mysteries, so there is certainly a way of doing this, but I think that it’s going to be tricky to pull it off with both conviction and a duty of care for the reader.
It turns out that giving my novel a historical setting is not the only thing that’s going to cause an issue for me. Fortunately, I’m enjoying the research, and in writing about something that I find interesting, I’m hoping that other readers will too. It’s going to be a minefield though!
So… can any writers, especially those of kidlit offer any advice? Should I be targeting a slightly older reader, perhaps?
Equally, if you’ve ever poisoned anyone and would like to share your experiences, be my guest!