"As a female author, says French, it makes complete sense to write crime novels, as they are a way of understanding the danger that lurks around us 'every time you walk home alone at night, every time a stranger asks you for directions on a deserted street, every time you're home on your own and there's a strange breeze moving through the curtains.'" Article at Guardian Books..
Between living in a rural environment, and having a black belt, I'm largely insulated from feelings like that -- but I started as a city girl, and there's no denying the reality of most women's lives. When I first moved here, a deer snorting in its bed of weeds next to my house could get my heart racing.
The article doesn't mention Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine (she writes with both names), but she is one of my very favorites, especially The Rottweiler, which features a serial killer who doesn't like his press, and a hilarious group of characters trying to get on with their lives with a killer in the neighborhood.
"Immersion in the life of the world, a willingness to be inhabited by and to speak for others, including those beyond the realm of the human, these are the practices not just of the bodhisattva but of the writer." --Jane Hirshfield