Award Winning Best Selling Florida Author Yvonne Mason

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Why I Write the Way I Do

The Last Rites

I have often been asked why I write the genres I write and why I write my true crimes the way I do. Well, I am going to tell you.
I decided a long time ago when I was still in school in fact that I would not ever be pigeon holed. In other words, I would not allow myself to be someone who wrote the same tired storyline, the same characters and the same book time after time. I have stopped reading good authors, who were well known because they wrote the same thing over and over again. It frankly got boring. Sadly the blame lies at the feet of tradtional publishers who force the authors to crank out two books a year with no thought as to the quality of the book. Garbage in Garbage out!

So that being said, this is what I do. When I write my true crimes I refuse to allow the criminal to be pitied. They knew what they were doing and they did it with forethought and malice. The victims are the ones who deserve to be remembered. They are the forgotten ones, the ones who are in unmarked graves because their families refuse to claim the body. The ones who are so mutilated that there is no open casket to say goodbye. The ones who are never found because the criminal likes playing mind games. I write about the victims who are forgotten. They are the ones who call to me who grab my heart and soul. Who get in my head and stay there.
I don’t write about every crime- every murder or every rape. I don’t do high profile cases. They are over done and the writers just keep regurgating the same old words. I write about the ones who have fallen into that black hole of obscurity the ones who were forgotten as soon as the case was closed.
Because of my degree and background I can get into the head of the criminal even thought they are not in front of me. I understand how they think especially serial killers. I am an expert on Gerard Schaefer. I find everything I can on them as well as the victims, I get case files, newspaper reports and talk to those involved in the cases. I study all involved in the case. I put myself there. I see it taste it, smell it and feel it.I hear the cries of the victims as I tell their story. I see the pain and fear and hopelessness in their eyes. I can taste the tears that stream down their faces as they struggle to understand why someone would want to destroy their life. I see the evil in the face and soul of the murderer, I feel his need to be in control, to hurt, to maim and to kill. I have to tell the story.

When I write fiction I write about things that grab my attention as in the case of A Voice from the Grave. I traveled to Andersonville Prison in 2006. The curator of the museum told me they didn’t receive any Federal Funding for the site. They operate on donations and a bit of State Funding. When I walked around at the site of the Prison I felt the dead cry out to me to be heard. I felt the atrocity of the needless deaths due to war, greed and stupidity. I could see the suffering of the men in the camp who had not food or water. Who were exposed to the elements and died because of it. I could smell the fields of battle the air filled with gun powder, blood and body parts. I could hear the screams of pain and death. I saw those prisoners as they were marched from those fields of battle and herded like so many cattle to box cars waiting on the railroad tracks then loaded like sardines into those boxcars. So many men there was no room to sit or lay down. The smell of unwashed bodies, wounded men with open wounds which had become infected on the long march. Men with broken bones, shell shocked and weak from lack of food or water. Those voices called out to me to be heard.

I knew I had to tell a story – I started researching that book then. I bought all the books I could not just on Andersonville but on the war in general. The reason I wanted to know all I could to put myself in that time period to try and understand why Americans felt it was necessary to kill and maim each other over nothing.
It took four years of research to get the story they wanted to tell.
My crime fictions were spin offs from researching my true crime. A distraction if you will. A prelude to the true crime. A character decided it had a story to tell so I allowed it to do so. Every story is different. In Tangled Minds a young 17 year old girl gets pregnant and she refuses to accept the responsiblity for her actions. She runs away from home, gets involved in unlawful acts and because if it her son follows that same path. This book was based on a real murder which happened in Gainesville, Ga in the 1990’s. A friend of my oldest daughter was involved with that murder. He refused to accept his part in the crime. He spent 10 years in prison. The girl in the book was taken from my oldest daughter who started having children at 15. She didn’t always accept the responsiblity for her actions and now her oldest son is in prison.
Brilliant Insanity was written while I was researching my true crime Silent Scream. There was a character who kept screaming to be heard. So I wrote the book in first person as the killer who is about to be executed. He has all the typical characteristics of the mind of a serial killer.
Dream Catcher, Failure Was Never an Option was written in the early 1970’s. As i had my children and was watching them grow and ineract with my brother Stan who is challenged it occured to me that one day there would be no one around to tell the stories of Stan and how he changed lives with his positive outlook on life even with the cards he had been dealt. His desire to make his life a positive thing instead of someone to be pitied. His belief that he had something to offer those whose lives he touched even when others didn’t. This was the first book i ever published and it is because of him that I am now a successful author. He is my yardstick.

When Fates Collide and Mardi Gras Bound were a complete 180 from my normal writing. It was all due to my author friend Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc who writes dark fiction. She had this wonderful idea to shock and awe our readers with a funfilled, comedy. It was something new and different and fun. Something that our readers didn’t expect. We will continue the series just to give us a break from out normal writing. It gives our brain cells a much needed break from the dark side.

As you can see, I create my own genre, my own place in the writing world. I use my own standards, I hold myself up to no other writer. I don’t listen to negative remarks by those who would try to steal my dream. I write because it is a passion, it is who I am – I write what I enjoy when I enjoy it. I write things that draw me in that cry out to be written about.
I refuse to allow anyone to dictate what I write, when I write or how I write. I research everything before I write before I write it whether it is fiction or real. I want my readers to feel the charcter, smell the smells, see the places and touch the emotions. I want me reader in the book. When the reader is finished with the last page I want them to say, “I want more.”

This is what is lacking in the traditonal books. I can say this with authority as I read them all the time and always have. Edgar Allen Poe always left the reader wanting more, he never failed. I have taken my direction from him.
He never failed to surprise and all of his stories were different.
Bottom line is this, if you are tired of the same old story lines, the same tired characters and the same tired conversations then you need my books. They never fail to surprise or stay with you. They are available at Amazon, Amazon kindle, Nook Book and if you want something to cherish and tell your friends about you can order signed copies from my online store at
I am always available to my readers through email, facebook and this site. I always return emails and answer questions. I never refuse to sign books and I always have time for those who enjoy reading my work and those who want to know me better. That unfortuntaly cannot always be said of tradional authors who don’t even have control on their facebook page or their website.
All of these factors are the reason I write the way I do. So enjoy by books and tell your fiends, you won’t be disapointed.

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