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February 10, 2015

Who is your favorite suspense novelist?

Part of learning to write well is reading good books by successful authors in your genre.

Here’s a list of some of the top writers who create suspense to keep you flipping pages well into the night.  Who’s your favorite?

Mary Higgins Clark     http://www.maryhigginsclark.com/

Nora Roberts  http://www.noraroberts.com/

Dean R Koontz  http://www.deankoontz.com/

Stephen King  http://stephenking.com/

James Patterson  http://www.jamespatterson.com/

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June 14, 2013

Characters should learn and grow – just like people

While working out the last few chapters of my sequel, “Amorous Obsession”, I felt a sense of completion, not only in knowing that I’m almost finished my second book but also in the growth of my heroine.

What once would have caused her to turn inward and hide, now makes her determined.  No longer is she the woman whose emotions usually dictated her actions.  She strong, active and doesn’t let her emotions dictate her situation.

Eleanor Bennet, my heroine, is older now.  And like me (at least I think this has happened to me over the years), she’s much wiser and much stronger than she was in the first book, “When Love Won’t Die”.  

I hadn’t planned on writing this growth into her character consciously.  Instead, I tried to write her as if she were a real person – maybe even a friend.  I watched her react to what I threw at her in the first book, often feeling sorry for her but also being angry with her for being so weak at times.  

Eleanor Bennett and I have been through a lot in these last couple of years.  I have felt her struggles.  Sometimes, I’ve wanted to intervene.  Other times, I’ve just wanted to be her friend.  

But as I near the end of Eleanor’s story (no, there won’t be a third book about her or the other characters in this story), I feel privileged to have been able to have written such a character and thankful that she didn’t always do what I thought she should.

I didn’t have this same feeling after writing “When Love Won’t Die”, but I think that was because I still felt that there was unfinished business for Eleanor.  I hope my readers feel some of the same satisfaction after reading “Amorous Obsession” that I’m feeling now. 

January 21, 2013

Genre Writing Blogs – Suspense

It’s great to share what others have to say and I’d like to do just that.

Here’s my call out to all those bloggers who write suspense/mystery/thriller novels, plays and/or short stories.

I’d love to feature a different blog each week with a short Q & A with the blogger.

Anyone interested?

Comment on this post, send me your blog url and let’s see what great information we can share with our followers and with each other.

March 1, 2012

Writer’s Digest article on Creating Suspense in Fiction

Writer’s Digest offers great advice on all aspects of being a writer and their website has lots of free information.  I just found this excellent article on Creating Suspense in Fiction and wanted to share it with all my readers.  I especially enjoyed the section about withholding information.  I enjoyed using that technique to some degree in my first suspense nove, “When Love Won’t Die”  http://www.amazon.com/When-Love-Wont-Die-ebook/dp/B004AYD6YE

Check out this excellent article:  http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/5-simple-steps-on-creating-suspense-in-fiction?et_mid=540060&rid=2995854

 

August 7, 2011

Great blogs for writers of Suspense

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Well, it’s now August and officially, my holiday time is over.  I vowed that I would not engage in any work-related activities in July, which included checking work email accounts, blogging and, GASP, working on my next two books.

But I had to do it!

My creative side got more than its share of time this past few months.  I wrote three new kids’ plays (and watched them morph into productions), researched and wrote material for both of my new books and did a lot of work marketing myself and my first novel.

I was tapped out creatively.

Now that I’m re-energized and ready to get back on the creative band wagon again, I decided that my first post back would be to share some blog links for those of you who also write (and read) suspense.  It’s always a great idea to check out what other writers blog about, especially those in your genre.

So here goes…

http://vanessa-morgan.blogspot.com/

http://suspensebyanne.blogspot.com/

http://keepmeinsuspense.blogspot.com/

http://www.womenofmystery.net/2011/07/top-suspense-group-blog.html

http://leegoldberg.typepad.com/a_writers_life/top-suspense/

http://harlequinblog.com/2011/05/tips-and-tricks-for-writing-romantic-suspense/

http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/2011/07/10/blog-interview-no-54-with-suspense-author-marla-madison/

http://www.danamarton.com/

http://community.eharlequin.com/content/harlequin-romantic-suspense-author-blog

http://jarekkubicki.wordpress.com/2011/03/02/suspense-magazine/

and finally, here’s a HUGE list of suspense blogs from Networkedblogs.com…

http://www.networkedblogs.com/topic/Suspense/

Enjoy

May 29, 2010

The Creative Process…unpredictable

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Just recently I received the artwork for the cover of my upcoming suspense novel and I must say, I was thrilled with the entire look of it.  It completely captures the essence of my book and I think it will entice many to read the synopsis at the back and hopefully want to buy the book.

So, I had been working on a sequel to this novel, but due to some major revisions to the first book, a sequel may or may not be my next step.  Slightly derailed in my creativity for a few days, I sat down, literally with pen and paper, and began to write out some other plot ideas that had been festering inside my head.

It seems I have a completely new book, with a new cast of characters, ready and willing to pour out onto the page.  The character sketches and major plot points came together incredibly quickly and after two or three hours of writing, I now have a prologue and two full chapters and I’m quite intrigued on where this is all going.

The creative process is indeed unpredictable.  I was completely sure, and completely excited to finish the last third of my sequel.  My characters were still fresh from the rewrite of book one and the intricacies that had developed in the sub-plots and amongst the major players had me convinced that I’d complete the manuscript within a few days.

But my creative persona had other plans.

You’re a writer.  Don’t let yourself get tied into one idea or one project.  If the creative muse comes a calling with something new, open yourself to the possibilities of the creative process.  You never know what might happen.  Savour the unpredictable.

May 20, 2010

Resources for writers of Suspense

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Just thought I’d publish a list of links for those of you writing in the genres of suspense, mystery, thriller or one of the sub genres.  There’s a wealth of good information online to help you with everything from plotting to characters to creating suspense.

http://www.writersdigest.com/article/nine-tricks-to-writing-suspense-fiction/
This is one of the BEST articles I’ve read online!

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/brainstorm/200905/mary-higgins-clark-failure
for Mary Higgins Clark fans.

http://www.creative-writing-solutions.com/suspense-writing.html

http://www.writers.com/singer_classes.html#mystery

http://www.marisamontes.com/writing_tips.htm#top

http://www.writerswrite.com/fiction/michelemartinez.htm

http://www.peppersmithbooks.com/Writing%20Suspense–Pepper%20Smith.pdf

http://www.ehow.com/how_4893767_write-suspense-novel.html

http://www.imperfectclarity.net/?p=559

http://rayannecarr.wordpress.com/for-writers/

http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2009/08/secret-to-writing-thriller.html

http://fictionwriting.about.com/od/genrefiction/tp/mysteryrules.htm

http://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/mystery/

http://www.mysterynet.com/learn/lessonplans/

Hope you enjoyed the links.
Now…get back to that novel!

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