Posted on April 1, 2021 at 1:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Alma Katsu spent thirty-five years working in the intelligence community, and no doubt that experience helped her write her most recent novel, a spy thriller.

That said, she doesn’t believe that it’s necessary to have worked in intelligence in order to write a compelling and accurate spy novel.

In fact, in some ways, it can hinder an author — thorough research (not simply consuming other forms of spy fiction) can serve you just as well, if not better, she says.

The rest of Katsu’s tips on writing a great spy thriller novel (and further details on the ones already shared) are at Writer’s Digest.

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