If you want your thriller or other suspense fiction to be a compelling page-turner that sells, make sure you’ve included most or all of these elements: A protagonist that readers can identify with and root for. Make your hero charismatic, sympathetic, clever, resourceful, fit, and determined to fight injustice, despite inner conflict, flaws, and baggage. He might not start out brave or even super likeable, but the challenges he faces bring out courage, resources and inner strength and honor/values he didn’t know he had.
“Fans of the late Michael Crichton will enjoy Dionne’s exciting second ecothriller . . . Crisp writing keeps the pace fast, and the tight interweaving of story lines bodes well for this author’s future efforts.” — Publishers Weekly “Dionne hits her stride with this heart-thumping, timely thriller, one that rings with surreal authenticity. Put simply, it’s a non-stop delight of a read.” – New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry Click one of the links below to grab your copy, and have a blast reading!
This week Thomas & Mercer, the mystery and thriller imprint of Amazon Publishing, is bringing out a re-edited version of my thriller A Fine and Dangerous Season. My heart is pounding against my ribcage with excitement. Does this mean more sales than ever? Does this mean I will become an author who can replace a day job’s earnings with royalties? Well, we’ll find out. But I figure at what may be a turning point, it’s also time to look back. How did I get here anyway?
Thrillers are hot. One of the fastest growing genres in fiction, thrillers are part of the broader category of crime fiction that represents more than 60 percent of popular fiction today. While romance may be queen, thrillers are fast becoming the queen’s consort, attracting readers of every stripe. Why so popular?
In today’s episode of Killer Thriller TV, thriller author JF Penn interviews Brett Battles, the bestselling and award winning author of 18 thriller novels. In this interview we talk about his latest books, The Enraged, POE and the next in the Project Eden virus series.
I recently found myself jammed up against a deadline most novelists would have thought impossible to meet. My normal writing pace produced roughly one polished chapter per week. Now, in order to meet my deadline, I had to write a polished chapter every day. I had to learn how to write faster – fast.
In today’s episode of Killer Thriller TV, thriller author JF Penn interviews Zoe Sharp, author of the bestselling and award nominated thriller series featuring Charlie Fox, ex Special Forces turned bodyguard, compared by many to Lee Child’s Jack Reacher.
Killer-Thrillers is excited to continue the new series of video interviews with top Thriller authors. In today’s interview, thriller author J.F.Penn interviews Katia Lief, the author of several internationally bestselling crime novels. Her latest is THE MONEY KILL, the fourth installment of her Karin Schaeffer series, and was published in 2013 by HarperCollins. She teaches fiction writing at The New School in Manhattan and lives with her family in Brooklyn.
Killer-Thrillers continues the series of video interviews with top Thriller authors. In today’s interview, thriller author J.F.Penn interviews bestselling author Keith Raffel. You can watch the video below or here on YouTube.
by L.J. Sellers, author of provocative mysteries & thrillers Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg, J.T. Ellison and Catherine Coulter, JA Konrath and each of his writer friends—everywhere you look, authors are teaming up. The trend seems more prevalent than ever, and I suspect it’s because authors are operating more independently now and because they have to work so hard to reach new readers. Collaborating with another writer brings a whole new readership to each partner, at least for that story or series, and hopefully with spillover to other work
The polar icecaps are melting – fast. In a drowning, desperate world, the Soldyne Corporation sees an opportunity: Melt Antarctic icebergs into drinking water using their microwave satellite array, ship the water to thirsty nations around the globe, and make a fortune. But deep within the ice waits an enemy more deadly than anyone could imagine–and an apocalyptic horror Earth may not survive.
Killer-Thrillers is excited to continue the new series of video interviews with top Thriller authors. In today’s interview, thriller author J.F.Penn interviews bestselling author of over 30 books, Jeremy Robinson, who also writes as Jeremy Bishop.
Killer-Thrillers is excited to continue the new series of video interviews with top Thriller authors. In today’s interview, thriller author J.F.Penn interviews LJ Sellers, award-winning journalist and the author of the bestselling Detective Jackson series as well as several other stand-alone thrillers.
Killer-Thrillers is excited to continue the new series of video interviews with top Thriller authors. In today’s interview, thriller author J.F.Penn interviews award-winning and best-selling author, J.D.Rhoades about his latest book, Broken Shield, and his writing life.
Tim Buckthorn and Tony Wolf return in BROKEN SHIELD, the blistering sequel to the bestselling BREAKING COVER. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CJYF1JU Chief Deputy Tim Buckthorn takes center stage in this scorching sequel to the bestselling BREAKING COVER. Buckthorn and his beloved hometown of Pine Lake thought they’d seen the last of FBI agent Tony Wolf. But when evidence of a kidnapping literally falls from the sky, Wolf returns to assist in the search for an abducted young girl.
Killer-Thrillers is excited to continue the new series of video interviews with top Thriller authors. In today’s interview, thriller author J.F.Penn interviews award-winning and New York Times best-selling author, CJ Lyons. CJ Lyons writes ‘Thrillers with Heart’ and she’s sold over 2 million books. In today’s interview we discuss the themes of CJ’s books, her latest works ‘Edge of Shadows’ and ‘Hollow Bones’ as well as her writing life.
New York Times and USA Today Bestseller CJ Lyons announces EDGE OF SHADOWS, the long-awaited finale to her Shadow Ops series, on sale for 0.99 for a limited time! New readers can also get the first two books for 0.99 if they buy today! Click HERE (http://cjlyons.net/books/shadow-ops/) for buy links to all three Shadow Ops books.
Killer-Thrillers is excited to continue the new series of video interviews with top Thriller authors! In today’s interview, thriller author J.F.Penn interviews award-winning and best-selling author Grant McKenzie. Grant McKenzie is the internationally-published author of four edge-of-your-seat thrillers, plus an ongoing mystery series set in San Francisco. His debut novel, Switch, was published by Bantam UK, Heyne Germany and Penguin Canada before launching in the U.S. and Taiwan. His other novels include: No Cry For Help, K.A.R.M.A. and Port of Sorrow.
I have published four books. My first two were done the traditional way – paper and ink. Neither showed up on the New York Times bestseller list, but I have no real complaints. Bookreporter.com called my first book “the mystery debut of the year” and the second made the top 10 on a national bestseller list for crime fiction and was optioned for film. Still for my third book it was time to move on. I wanted to reach more readers and my traditional publisher could not make that happen. Now I’m a Silicon Valley guy by upbringing and inclination.
by Alexandra Sokoloff These days I can’t go a day without someone e mailing me or stopping me at whatever event I’m at, wanting me to tell them everything I know about indie publishing. And I’m sure I’m not the only Killer Thrillers! author to have this experience. This is on the surface good news for me, because it means I’ve made enough of a success at it that people want to know what I know.
Killer-Thrillers is excited to continue the new series of video interviews with top Thriller authors. In today’s interview, thriller author J.F.Penn interviews award-winning and best-selling author Timothy Hallinan. Timothy Hallinan is the author of the Poke Rafferty thriller series, the Junior Bender mysteries and the Simeon Grist mysteries as well as stand-alone books. His books have been optioned for TV and film and today we’re talking about The Fear Artist and also The Fame Thief.
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Tell your friends! For the next 7 days, BECOMING QUINN is only 99¢ for Kindle users! From award winning author Brett Battles comes the new Jonathan Quinn thriller BECOMING QUINN. Most careers begin with an interview and a handshake. Others require a little … something more. Meet Jake Oliver. The day will come when he’s one of the best cleaners in the business, a man skilled at making bodies disappear. At the moment, however, he’s a twenty-two year old rookie cop, unaware his life is about to change. In a burning barn a body is found–and the fire isn’t more »
Available for the first time in eBook! Read the thriller that launched the award-winning New York Times bestselling Louis Kincaid series. In the quaint tourist town of Loon Lake, Mich., a killer is taking his vengeance. One by one, the bodies of cops are found, brutally executed, with mysteriously coded death cards placed with each corpse – the gruesome signature of a psychopath. And the only sound louder than doors being locked against evil is the sound of hearts beating in terrors. Louis Kincaid came north looking for refuge, a place to forget his past. But now he’s landed more »
Killer-Thrillers is excited to announce a new series of video interviews with top Thriller authors. In today’s interview, thriller author J.F.Penn interviews award-winning and best-selling author Raymond Benson. Raymond Benson has been an award-winning and best-selling author, composer, computer game designer, stage director, film historian, and film genres instructor for over thirty years. He is also the fourth official author of the James Bond 007 novels. Lee Child describes Raymond as “a top class thriller craftsman” and David Morrell calls him “one of the best thriller writers in the business.”
by Alexandra Sokoloff I’m headed off to teach a Screenwriting Tricks workshop in Texas this week, and I’m going to be posting some prep work for my class, so you guys get the benefit of it, if you want to play along! One of the things I always hope people get out of my workshops and writing workbooks is the concept of setpiece scenes. I try to hit that hard up front in a workshop, and keep going back to examples during the day. There’s a saying in Hollywood that “If you have six great scenes, you have a movie.” And I’ve more »
by L.J. Sellers, author of provocative mysteries & thrillers What exactly does it mean when readers say in reviews, “You won’t be disappointed,” or something similar. I get that sometimes lately, and I see it in a lot of reviews for other authors. I understand and appreciate that the phrase is meant to be positive. In fact, it could be part of a terrific review. But sometimes the line worries me, because it feels like a euphemism for “This book is okay. You won’t be disappointed, but you might not be impressed either.” The absence of a negative is not more »
Every week literary agents receive hundreds of query letters from aspiring writers who are hoping to interest the agent in their project. Why then, would agents take time from their busy schedules to go to a writers conference and meet yet more writers in person? I’ve worked with over a hundred literary agents during the 9 years I’ve been organizing the Backspace Writers Conferences in New York City, as well as the newly minted Salt Cay Writers Retreat taking place this October on a private island in the Bahamas (really!). So I asked a few of my favorite agents why they attend writers conferences. more »
by Alexandra Sokoloff Isn’t this exciting? We have our own blog, now. No schedule, just random life-changing posts on books, writing, indie publishing, movies, television, sex, drugs and rock & roll by bestselling, award-winning, internationally-published thriller authors. We’ll also use this blog to announce sales and giveaways of our books (and if you want instant notification of sales and free books delivered straight to your inbox, just sign up for our mailing list on the right of your screen, there!) Right now Blood Moon, the brand-new Book 2 in my Huntress/FBI thriller series, is on sale – just 99 cents. more »
I’ve always wanted to be a scientist. But in the early 1970s, I dropped out of the University of Michigan, and married a stoneware potter. Two years later, we moved to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with our 6-week-old daughter as part of the hippie/back-to-the-land movement. While we lived in a tent and built our tiny cabin, scavenged wild foods, and carried our water from a nearby spring, I devoured Discover Magazine and Scientific American.
I love action. Not in real life. In real life, I’m a writer, which means I spend 90 percent of my day sitting in front of my computer. Oh, once in a while I get up, stretch a little, put on my shoes, and walk out to the mailbox to see if the mailman happened to drop off a royalty check. Or I head into the kitchen for a drink of water or a cup of coffee and a cookie. But that’s about as exciting as my life gets.