The ‘Killer Women’ Writers Collective Is Turning the Page on Sexist Crime Novels | Broadly

“In a lot of crime drama on TV and in a lot of books, women are just there as a token victim,” says McBeth. She says that while killing off women is sometimes unavoidable as a plot device, it’s important that the victims are given a voice, otherwise readers become numb to violence. “The women are often just a foil to some psychopathic man who’s on the rampage. You see that a lot in television dramas and I just think, ‘Do they all sit around and think of ways to kill women in more and more violent methods?'”

When she included a murder in her latest book, McBeth wanted to avoid adding to the stream of nameless victims. She says she actively gave the character a meaningful backstory that led to her, in some ways, “solving the crime.” It’s also one of the reasons Killer Women decided to pick Shoreditch Town Hall as the venue for their festival.”

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Author: conniejjasperson

Connie J. Jasperson lives in Olympia, Washington. A vegan, she and her husband share five children, a love of good food and great music. She is active in local writing groups, an editor for Myrddin Publishing Group, and is a writing coach. She is an active member of the both the Northwest Independent Writers Association and Pacific Northwest Writers Association, and is a founding member of Myrddin Publishing Group. Music and food dominate her waking moments. When not writing or blogging she can be found with her Kindle, reading avidly.

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