Six Survival Thrillers That Will Make You Question Your Own Life

Ever since I was young, I have been obsessed with survival thrillers. Whether they’re nonfiction tales rooted in unbelievable yet true, real-life situations or fantastical made-up fictional scenarios, the stakes don’t get any higher in storytelling than life or death adventures. These types of stories never fail to make us ponder our own existence since […]

Life Meets Art in Thriller World Through the Ages

Life Meets Art in Thriller World Through the Ages   The act of concealing one’s identity to do the job of an undercover operative can be as simple as using a throw-away alias for a onetime meeting, or as complex as developing a full-on Jason Borne fake identity with enough backstory and backstopping to fool […]

Punching Up Your Action Thriller By Glen Erik Hamilton, June 2021

Punching Up Your Action Thriller By Glen Erik Hamilton, June 2021 Labeling your novel an “action thriller” may seem limiting, or even redundant. Doesn’t every thriller novel have at least one fight or chase scene these days? And isn’t the action genre more suited to movies, where character development often takes a back seat to spectacle? While […]

A Thriller Writer’s Guide to Effective Newsletters

  “Newsletters suck. Mine doesn’t.” That’s the copy on the little pop-up you see when visiting my website. Accompanying that message is a picture of a forlorn kitten, along with a promise of said kitten not getting its next meal unless you sign up for my newsletter. But a gimmicky signup form does not a […]

Locations in Thrillers

    Why is location so important in psychological thrillers? Who can forget the wild, windy moors in Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, or the rugged Cornish cliffs and rough seas in Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca? For me, as a reader and a writer, location is just as important as the plot and the characters in […]

English Domestic Thrillers

    The most difficult part of writing this article was deciding which books to recommend. English domestic thrillers have long been popular and perhaps never more so than in the past decade when the choice of suspenseful, chilling reads feels as if it has never been more plentiful. The current market for domestic thrillers […]

Five Thrillers with Riveting Mother-Daughter Dynamics

“A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother.”   As a clinical psychologist (as well as both a daughter and a mom), I appreciate a good mother joke. Fortunately, we’re (mostly) past the days when all psychological quirks and ills are blamed on the lady who birthed us. Nonetheless, from […]

Five Debut Writers Making a Splash in the Thriller World

  Five Debut Writers Making a Splash in the Thriller World By Amy Stuart   The past few months have been a difficult time for authors promoting books, with all in-person events cancelled in favour of Zoom readings. But many debut writers have made the best of it, finding creative and unique ways to connect […]