Book Review, crime reading month

Crime and Thriller Month: The single most important piece of advice for aspiring authors and writers

The single most important piece of advice I can give an author is to READ. Step into the mind of your customer – your readers! – and devour as much as you can. What do you like as a reader? What don’t you like? Which characters make you smile, frown? Which characters are you compelled to read on about even though you don’t like them? What plots have been done to death? What plots can you do differently? What books are winning prizes, what books are flying off shelves – and a lot of the time they aren’t the same!

Researching your reader isn’t just for the marketers, but for the author too – and if you’re an indie author, you’ll be wearing both hats anyway! – as knowledge of the market is invaluable.
Not only will you find out about your fellow authors and your readers, you’ll also find ouy so much about yourself as a writer.

So why wait to start your education? I have the perfect thriller to kick you off!

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Crime and Thriller Month: Author Q&A with Chris Nickson

Writing crime and thriller fiction is not an easy game; you always have to be aware of strategically building the tension and sense of the threats as your plot progresses, navigating the peaks and troughs of anticipation as your reader moves towards the final climax that has your readers on the edge of their seats.

But if that wasn’t hard enough, if your setting is based in eras past, you’ve got a whole host of elements to balance too. No fancy computer searches to aid the police, no high-speed getaway car and a whole lot more horse poo.

Therefore who better to talk about the sub-genre than my second author of Crime and Thriller Month: historical thriller pro Chris Nickson is in the chair!

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Crime and Thriller Month: Author Q&A with Tyler Flynn

Crime and Thriller Month is all about getting under the skin and exploring my favourite genres of fiction, and how could that possible be done without a little help from some of the talented authors of I have had the privilege to work with?

Our first author interview is with the delightful Tyler Flynn, author of Where the Wolf Lies, a pacy and twisting race-against-time novel set in the glorious streets of Paris.

Tyler is a former anti-money laundering investigator, having spent years investigating terrorist financing, tax fraud and human trafficking amongst other crimes. After several years in banking, Tyler became an international financial analyst, with a focus on Europe. He graduated from the of University of St. Thomas with a degree in Political Science. Tyler and his wife Marie are based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but spend much of their time in Marie’s home country of France. Where the Wolf Lies is his debut novel.

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