Dark Secrets and Dastardly Lies: Ramping Up a Killer Plot
A mystery needs more than a murder and the bad guy who did it. Here, author Connie Berry shares tips on how to ramp up a mystery novel with a killer plot.
4 Things Every Military/Espionage Thriller Writer Should Know
You don’t need first-hand insider information to write a compelling and believable spy novel. Here, New York Times bestselling author Don Bentley shares 4 things every military/espionage thriller writer should know.
A Conversation With J.T. Ellison on Voice: Hamburgers or Coq au Vin (Killer Writers)
Killer Nashville founder Clay Stafford kicks off a series of interviews with mystery, thriller, and suspense authors. Here he has a conversation with J.T. Ellison, the bestselling author of over 25 novels.
Ron Corbett: On the Way Characters Can Surprise Us
Bestselling author Ron Corbett discusses the way his characters evolved throughout the writing process of his new mystery novel, The Sweet Goodbye.
Sascha Rothchild: On Late-Night Musings Turning Into Story Plots
Emmy-nominated writer Sascha Rothchild discusses how her late-night mind wandering led her to the premise of her new suspense novel, Blood Sugar.
Laure Van Rensburg: On Fresh Takes on Old Tropes in Thriller Novels
Author Laure Van Rensburg discusses the inspiration behind her new mystery novel, Nobody But Us.
A Thriller Writer’s Guide to TV/Movie Viewing
Looking outside of novels for inspiration can take your drafts into surprising and refreshing directions. Here, USA Today bestselling author Carter Wilson shares five TV and movie viewings to inspire thriller writers.
Using Real-Life Details to Ground Your Thriller Novel
Jeremy Scott demystifies the too-broad writerly advice of writing what you know by challenging us to focus in on the details.
Carole Lawrence: On the Vast Canvas of New York City History
Award-winning novelist, poet, composer, and playwright Carole Lawrence discusses how the city she’s called home for over two decades continues to inspire her in her new historical thriller, Cleopatra’s Dagger.
Green Herring: How to Camouflage a Villain in a Mystery Novel
Dimitri Vorontzov offers mystery writers another way to hide a story’s villain that is opposite to the famous red herring: the green herring.