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Why Humor and Suspense Are Perfect Together

Anyone who knows me knows that my favorite thing to do is laugh. I’m much more apt to grab a comedy for movie night or if I want to curl up and read. Life is too damn short to be unhappy.  I need the outlet.

Because of my viewing/reading choices, it bleeds over into my writing. Even though I write romantic suspense, I add as much humor into my novels as I possibly can.  And then I crank it up another notch.  

I tossed a bunch of humor into my newest release, IN WALKED TROUBLE. The plot tackles a serious topic: drugs and gangs in schools, but I think I’ve managed to lighten the tone a bunch with flashes of comedy throughout.

Suspense and humor go really well together. Humor is the best way to break up the action and show the readers a glimpse of who the character really is. When your life is on the line and the proverbial shit hits the fan, how are you going to react? Well, the characters below didn’t wet their pants like I might have done if faced with their same situation. Instead, they handled it with grace and a ton of humor.

Here is my list of some of the best humor in action/suspense movies:

  1. Lethal Weapon blends an awesomely healthy dose of humor with suspense/action. It helps having a character like Riggs, who is pretty much off his rocker. And having a character like Murtaugh, who often gets confused when Riggs is seriously out of his mind or temporarily in his right mind, makes for really funny situations like this one:
  2. Guardians of the Galaxy –Chris Pratt is Chris Pratt, and that speaks for itself. But GotG injects sooooo much humor into the movie that it’s incredible.  This is a prime example of where we get a great look at who Peter Quill really is. He might be in jail, which is enough to scare anyone, and yet he just writes it off…or should I say, flicks it off.
  3. Captain America: Civil War – There’s a huge fight scene in Civil War where all the good guys battle the other good guys. It’s pretty epic, actually. And allows for some really awesome humor. All the heroes have a valid reason for fighting and it’s tough to take sides on who you want to win. Especially when they’re as cute as Spider Man, Bucky and Sam in this humorous scene:
  4. Super Troopers – Okay, yeah, Super Troopers isn’t exactly an action movie and it doesn’t really have suspense, but it does involve some hilarious scenes with men and women in uniform. Pretty much everyone on the planet has heard of The Cat Game. If you haven’t, here you go:
  5. Bad Boys – I love, love, love this movie. Which is ironic because it’s not sweet, witty funny like my other picks. It’s actually raunchy funny. Lots of bad words and politically incorrect situations, but it always makes my list for hilarious scenes. Lots of serious topics of bad guys selling drugs, but like I do in IN WALKED TROUBLE, they lighten it up with scenes like this one:

    About the author:

    Christina believes that laughter really is the best medicine, which is why in her stories she blends a healthy dose of hilarious hijinks with gritty suspense.

    When she’s not writing fun contemporary romance or quirky romantic suspense, Christina can be found devouring books in every genre, watching Chris Hemsworth on TV, playing board games with her family, working out, checking out Chris Hemsworth on Facebook, napping, stalking Chris Hemsworth on Instagram, and shopping…for Chris Hemsworth’s latest DVD.

    Christina lives near Baltimore with her husband and two sons, who give her an endless supply of humorous material to write about.

    She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Maryland Romance Writers.

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    IWT_500About the book:

    With a deadly target on his back, DEA agent Luke Calder’s plan is to drink away his impending demise. Except instead of getting blessedly drunk, in walks a woman with a much deeper story than she’s leading on. And he definitely wants to know more. Especially when he learns she might have intel he needs. He’s not cool with lying to her, but desperate times call for desperate measures. And what starts out as simple surveillance turns into so much more.

    Cassandra Stone is having a bad night. Her boyfriend’s been cheating because she’s not “adventurous enough” in bed. So, she does the next logical thing—she goes in search of a dark, dangerous one-night stand. Instead, she finds smoldering eyes, deep dimples, and the killer smile of a guy who won’t leave her alone. Damn him. He says and does all the right things, making Cass believe that good men still exist. Until she learns why he took an interest in her in the first place.


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