...Because I'm embarking on a life of crime!
No, I'm not. But I am embarking on a new plot element for my current WIP and it involves characters who shoplift.
Did you ever shoplift as a teenager? Did you ever consider it, or have a friend who liked to steal? Do you do it now?
I'm interested in the emotional aspects of stealing; the "rush"as it's called. How did it feel for you? Also, what reasoning did you use to justify your activities? Did you feel the need to justify them to yourself at all? What techniques did you use? What did you steal? And did you ever get caught? How did you first begin stealing, and how long did it continue?
I want to hear from YOU if you can answer any or all of these questions, or have anything interesting to say on the topic in general. Post something anonymously below (or with your own name if you're not afraid to stand up and say "My name is X and I was a shoplifter") or email me at rhi.hart at gmail.com
All responses to my email account will be treated confidentially. Credit can be given if your words inspire me, the work is published and the responder desires to be acknowledged. (Nicknames can be used, naturally, to protect your identity.) Your words are copyrighted if you choose to email me and I will not plagiarise them, but as this research may appear in a published book, please keep in mind that I may use what you tell me as inspiration for my writing.
I welcome any and all responses! Thank you for your stories and time.