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Thriller Genre Conventions & Expectations

thriller genre conventions and expectations

A friend who is an avid reader recently told me she was disillusioned with the triller genre. As an action/thriller writer this made me a bit sad but with further reflection, I’m not sure she meant exactly what she said. I don’t think she was disillusioned so much as disappointed. 

I think she actually liked psychological suspense or literary suspense and was approaching thrillers with the same expectations. That’s one way to walk away disappointed in a book.

Each genre has certain conventions, expectations, and necessary scenes to make for a satisfying reading. Continue Reading

8 Crucial Steps to Write Your First Novel

8 Crucial Steps to Writing Your First Novel

Writing is much like any other craft. It’s not exactly hard to do though it is hard to do well. Writing a book isn’t necessarily hard it just takes time. String enough dedicated, persistence days spent on anything, a book or a painting or training for a marathon and you will reach your goal.

If just sitting down each day feels a little vague to you, here are the 8 steps I use to keep writing word by word and day after day.  Continue Reading

5 Authors I’m Reading This Year

Last year, on a whim at the library, I picked up one of John Sandford’s Virgil Flowers books. I’d read a lot of Prey books but hadn’t read any from his other series. I’m glad I did. I loved them and quickly blew through five more in a race to catch up. They’re great. 

But I also started to wonder what I else I might be missing out on. 

I’m pretty well read in the mystery and thriller genre but there is only so much time in the day to read and I still some embarrassing holes in my reading history.  Continue Reading

My 10 Favorite Mystery & Thrillers Read in 2018

Final tally, or close to it, I might squeeze in another book or two, for books read in 2018: 82. I read a lot of commercial thrillers this year, even for me, as I wanted to really try to dig in and look at the mechanics of the genre for my own writing. 

This was also the year I took a break from podcasts and tried more audiobooks, mostly while I walked Dash. I ended up listening to 21 books on audio, which accounts for the jump in total books read. I’m usually around 60 or so, about a book a week on average.

So what books left an impression? What are the books I can still remember months later? These are my favorite reads of 2018.  Continue Reading