Protected: Uncommon Relations – Part 4

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Psychological fiction: historical, satirical short story collections, contemporary mystery and suspense

Wikipedia doesn’t always get things right but its explanation of psychological fiction can hardly be bettered.

“In literature, psychological fiction is a narrative genre that emphasizes interior characterization and motivation to explore the spiritual, emotional, and mental lives of the characters. The mode of narration examines the reasons for the behaviors of the character, which propel the plot and explain the story.”

Photo by Alexander Krivinsky

There are some faces that immediately intrigue, like the photograph above, and “what’s going on” tends to mean “inside his/her head” rather than “round the corner” or “in the kitchen”. You can experience this when you visit the BP Portrait Award exhibition. Many paintings you merely admire, but one or two arrest you, perhaps disturbingly, and of course no answer is offered against the painting for “What’s going on?” It’s online, so I invite you to see what I mean and I deliberately haven’t chosen one for you.

In a novel, it may be an odd behaviour rather than the look on a character’s face. In one of my Curious Men stories, I have a man organising tractor components onto the embossed flowers of a banquet cloth on the lawn. Mending a tractor may be commonplace, but what kind of man, and what thought processes have led him to this situation?

Psychological fiction can be found in different genres. I have written crime short stories, satire, historical and contemporary fiction, and I’d class all as psychological fiction because they are character-driven stories, the plot only emerging as characters develop and create situations. And as in real life, there is humour, sometimes, as well as drama. TV offerings appear to assume that murders are all that counts.

Rosalind is the author of the WW2 trilogy, A Relative Invasion, and the satirical short story collections, Me-Time Tales and its companion volume Curious Men. She lives in SW England where she enjoys theatre, Art and scenic walks. Her career as a psychologist means all her writing is character-led. She relishes creating characters of all ages. Even her humorous work has a dark edge.
Rosalind Minett