Posted on June 24, 2024 at 3:17 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The New York Times has two interviews with authors who have found their real lives to be rich material for their thrilling fiction.

Freida McFadden, who has become the top-selling thriller author in the US, is actually a physician by day — under another name, that is.

Not all of McFadden's books are as medically heavy as her first novel, but as she explains to the NY Times, she doesn't want any of her patients to worry that their ailments might make it into fiction.

For Tomi Adeyemi, the fact-to-fiction route is a little less literal.

As a fantasy author, she has been more inclined to incorporate the mood and overarching themes of the world — whether it's the trauma of high-profile Black deaths or a long battle with serious illness — than specific events.

She reflects on this process as the final installment of her Legacy of Orïsha series, titled Children of Anguish and Anarchy, prepares to launch.

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