Certainly going back to Sherlock Holmes we have a tradition of forensic science featured in detective stories.
When you work alone, you need to socialize at some level.
The best way to learn about writing is to study the work of other writers you admire.
If you have a craftsman's command of the language and basic writing techniques you'll be able to write - as long as you know what you want to say.
I spend eight months outlining and researching the novel before I begin to write a single word of the prose.
Ideally, I like to integrate the human issues into the suspense story itself.
To answer that I have to describe what I think is my responsibility as a thriller writer: To give my readers the most exciting roller coaster ride of a suspense story I can possibly think of.
Of course, all writers draw upon their personal experiences in describing day-to-day life and human relationships, but I tend to keep my own experiences largely separate from my stories.
I've often said that there's no such thing as writer's block; the problem is idea block.
But one does not make living writing poetry unless you're a professor, and one frankly doesn't get a lot of girls as a poet.
For me a thriller is a very carefully structured story.
In suspense novels even subplots about relationships have to have conflict.
Readers are paramount. I live to write books for them.
I also try very hard to create characters - both heroes and villains - with psychological depth.
I liked the challenge of writing in a very concise structure in which both meaning and form are important.
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