Posted on 09/24/2021 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Stephanie Marie Thornton, author of a spy thriller, has never worked in an intelligence agency. But firsthand knowledge isn’t required...

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Posted on 08/06/2021 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

While your books might not necessarily have a specific word count, you don’t want them to feel wordy, especially if...

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Posted on 05/05/2021 at 10:40 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

What does an acclaimed thriller writer think has the greatest fear potential in a novel? The answer will vary, of...

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Posted on 04/28/2021 at 01:30 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Setting may not be the first issue a writer thinks about when it comes to working on a crime novel....

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Posted on 04/16/2021 at 09:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Most of the advice we’ve shared in regards to writing about criminals has assumed that the criminal is the villain....

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Posted on 04/15/2021 at 09:23 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Mystery novelists have to walk a special tightrope. Make the culprit too obvious and readers won’t have a reason to...

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Posted on 04/02/2021 at 09:09 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Both a mystery and a thriller — if done well — make a reader eager to complete the book and...

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Posted on 04/01/2021 at 01:00 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...

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Posted on 02/27/2021 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

We’ve mentioned before that we like to sprinkle in easy-to-digest writing advice amongst the deeper dives. Here’s an instance of...

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Posted on 02/24/2021 at 03:59 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The psychological thriller genre found author Sebastian Fitzek, rather than the other way around. But in the time since he...

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