October 2-30, 2009
"Kills, Chills and Thrills: A Guide to Writing Thriller Novels"
by CJ Lyons
Thrillers are hot! Look at any bestseller list and you'll find an overwhelming number of thriller novels. What makes them different from other genres? How can you use thriller techniques to make your own novels compelling, no matter the genre? And where the heck do writers come up with those ideas? CJ Lyons will dissect several popular thrillers as examples, offering insights from bestselling novelists such as David Morrell, Robin Cook, Carla Neggers, Robert Gregory Browne, JoAnn Ross, and Lisa Gardner. By the conclusion, you'll have all the tools necessary to craft a compelling thrill-ride of your own!
* What makes a thriller a thriller?
* Tricks of the trade: research
* The quirks of thriller characters
* World building, plotting and pacing
* Theme: intersection of plot and character
* Hooks & twists, and series vs. stand-alone
* Tips from reviewers who specialize in crime fiction
Award-winning author CJ Lyons is a physician trained in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. She has assisted police and prosecutors with cases involving child abuse, rape, homicide and Munchausen by Proxy; and has worked in several trauma centers, on the Navajo reservation, as a crisis counselor and victim's advocate, as well as a flight physician for Life Flight. Her debut medical suspense novel, LIFELINES, was released by Berkley in April, 2008.