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Sarah Pearse on Writing The Sanatorium crime and suspense guest authors Jun 11, 2023

Sarah Pearse is having somewhat of a dream writing career – after publishing two suspense novels (The Sanatorium in 2021, and The Retreat, published in 2022) Sarah is a double New York...

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A. A. Dhand on Writing a Page-Turner crime and suspense guest authors May 07, 2023

We were thrilled to be joined by A. A. Dhand for a live Q&A this month with our writers. It was such an insightful session that we decided to share a little bit here on our...

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An Interview with Sarah Vaughan, Author of Global Bestsellers crime and suspense guest authors Feb 19, 2023

Sarah Vaughan is the author of five novels, including the instant international bestseller Anatomy of a Scandal, which has been translated into twenty-four languages and adapted into a hit series...

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Three Key Elements of Crime Fiction crime and suspense Sep 25, 2022

The crime genre can be a wonderful playground for writers, where they get to push boundaries, explore human nature, play with reader expectations, and find inventive ways to create suspense. But...

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5 Top Tips for How to Write a Murder Mystery crime and suspense novel writing techniques Jun 12, 2022

Are you curious about how to write a murder mystery? The endeavour can be baffling and thrilling in equal measure. If you want to try your hand at murder mysteries, try these five top tips...

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Suspense Writing: 5 Top Tips crime and suspense novel writing techniques May 15, 2022

Suspense writing is an amorphous and multifaceted concept, but Kate Riordan wants to make it straightforward.

Having written five novels – including the Richard and Judy book club pick The...

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How to Create Tension in a Story: The Moral Dilemma crime and suspense novel writing techniques Jan 09, 2022

As you set about writing – or editing – a gripping novel, you might come up against the question of how to add tension to your story. Maybe you’ve got a great idea that packs in...

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How to Write a Memorable Story crime and suspense meet the team Sep 19, 2021

If you’re curious about what it takes to write a memorable story, you can bet Jack Jordan has a trick or two up his sleeve. Jack is a global number one bestselling author of six gripping...

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The Closed Circle Mystery crime and suspense guest authors Jul 18, 2021

The closed circle is a beloved sub-genre of mystery, suspense, thriller and detective fiction. It refers to a crime, usually a murder, for which there are a limited number...

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Thriller Story Ideas and the Influence of Fairy Tales crime and suspense starting to write May 16, 2021

Are you looking for a story idea for a thriller? Maybe you’ve got an amazing character you want to star in your novel, but you’re not sure exactly what they’ll get up to. Or you...

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Val McDermid’s Crime Fiction: Narrative Structure crime and suspense guest authors novel writing process Mar 14, 2021

The Queen of Crime, Val McDermid has sold over 17 million books to date across the globe and is translated into more than 40 languages. She is perhaps best known for the scintillating crime stories...

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How to Write a Bestseller with Paula Hawkins crime and suspense guest authors novel writing techniques Nov 01, 2020

If anyone knows how to write a bestseller, it’s Paula Hawkins. The Sunday Times and New York Times No.1 bestselling author of Into the Water and A Slow Fire Burning, her debut novel The Girl...

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Ruth Ware: Writing Process in Lockdown crime and suspense guest authors Oct 04, 2020

Ruth Ware is the New York Times bestselling author of psychological thrillers In a Dark, Dark WoodThe Woman in Cabin 10 and The Turn of the Key. Ruth is a British writer who started...

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Fairy Tale Imagery in Kate Hamer’s Writing crime and suspense guest authors Jul 05, 2020

The bestselling author of The Girl in the Red Coat, Kate Hamer explores the story starter of fairy tales. Fairy tales are filled with potential to inspire all kinds of new and intriguing stories...

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