This past week, I’ve been finishing up my next Cozy Cash Mystery – The Royal Digs, which will be book four in this series. That process got me to thinking a lot about the social commentary elements that make up a big part of this series and my writing in general.
For example, The Royal Digs asks several story questions that have huge social impacts such as:
1. What if a Drag Queen determined the United States Presidential Election?
(discussing alternative lifestyles and the issues faced by people living those lifestyles)
2. Does it matter that we’ve got a Republican nominee who keeps a majority of his money offshore to avoid paying taxes on it?
3. Does it matter that the Republican nominee has earned his massive wealth, thanks to the money of cartel kings – whether coffee, cocoa, casinos, or cocaine (and other drugs too) – who make their living via the death squads they employ and the people whose rights they corrupt or snuff out?
Tough questions, right? With answers that have huge effects on our lives.
I love to write these kinds of “ripped from the headlines” stories because they engage readers and instantly feed on topics that are easily recognizable and emotion-packed. In other words, readers relate to them.
And in our unique Epublishing World, in which we can publish our books at a much faster rate than via Traditional Publishing, we’ve got our products on cyber shelves when these story themes and questions are still “hot” and very much a part of our social collective minds.
I’ve found that even those critics who don’t like my writing style, like the peeps at Red Adept Review who have made me their 1-Star poster kid, they still appreciate and are moved by the social commentary in my stories. Here’s what they said:
Characters waltzed trippingly from one exotic location to another like they were on the Travel Channel, which kept the pace fast, but once they arrived at most locations, food and physical appearances and snarky, amusing comments filled the pages rather than details that furthered the plot. A notable exception was the sweatshop in Secondigliano, in Naples, where I was sobered by a few paragraphs that dealt with the plight of the poor pressed into service by the Mob.
Red Adept Reviews didn’t get me as a writer for my style, but they sure related to my topics and how I presented them.
For my Cozy Cash Mysteries, I’ve explored the following topics:
1. Ponzi schemes (Madoff-style)
2. Fashion sweatshops in Naples (controlled by the local mobs and making many a pages in today’s best fashion magazines and red carpets)
3. The gem trade (as in blood diamonds and stones)
4. The money trail of our current Republican nominee for U. S. President
5. The real owners of Wall Street – coffee, cocoa, casino and cocaine (and other drugs too) cartels
6. Banking, hedge funds and derivative trading
I use these topics to write Ebooks that are along the lines of what Bob Mayer calls “factual fiction” in which many of the plot elements I use are factually based, but I then give ‘em my own quirky-crazy fictional twists and cast of characters.
It’s Your Turn, WG2E-Land: How many of you include social commentary in your Ebook fiction? How many of you enjoy reading these kinds of Ebooks?
The Best of Epublishing Social Commentary Fiction — D. D. Scott