Do Bruce and Genny in Willowtree have any kids?
Maybe, I'm not telling.
In real life many children unfortunately have to deal with murder, maybe a murderer or a victim in the family. There are kids who are killed and kids who kill.
No one, I hope, enjoys reading or hearing those stories. There are enough of them on television and in newspapers.
I'm sure there are enough of them in fiction.
I wouldn't like reading those stories either.
In mysteries the murder is only the impetus for the story.
The story is the investigation and resolution.
I would rather not have youngsters involved in that business.
I have purposely not included children in my Bruce DelReno Mysteries.
I will not ever write about a youthful villain or victim.
And I may not even introduce any child character, however cute and innocent I want him/her to be.
Being a senior sleuth, it is easy for Bruce to not mention any children when telling his tales. All of his friends are geriatric, or close to it. All of their children are grown and off on their own adventures.
Bruce chooses the dead bodies he finds very carefully. They never have young kids.
Bruce DelReno, I guess, is my alter ego. Roughly.
He's an ex-postman who loves golf and eating. He's very smart and handsome.
He would never think of having a pet snake or going cliff diving.
But, though he never mentions it, he does love children.
Me, too. My Mom had eight; I got used to them.
My wife and I have two grown men, who are our kids. They are the greatest joy and pride in our lives. Our five beautiful grandchildren are each a unique wonder.
I hope no one, young or old, has to come close to being affected by murder in their lives.
With Bruce DelReno kids are safe. His stories, childproof.