On Writing Romantic Suspense


An excellent post by Joanne Guidoccio on the craft of #writing #Romanticsuspense.

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Writing romantic suspense involves the skillful juggling of romantic elements and nail-biting suspense. A daunting task but so rewarding when all the essential ingredients come together in a well-crafted, character-driven novel.

Here are eight tips:

  1. Ask yourself: what is intriguing about the premise? What will attract readers to the book? In Sue Grafton’s Alphabet Series, protagonist Kinsey Millhone is a twice-divorced private investigator who is permanently stuck in the 1980s. In the Gilda Greco Mystery Series, the protagonist is a teacher turned lottery winner who moves back to her hometown and then finds herself embroiled in murder investigations.

2. Grab the reader’s attention with a hook. Bestselling author Louise Penny offers the following advice: “If you’re writing your first work of crime fiction, place the body near the beginning of the book–preferably on the first page, perhaps the first sentence. In later books, this won’t be necessary, but agents and…

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Mr. Sagittarius by M J Mallon #NewRelease #Poetry


Who Is Mr. Sagittarius? And what is his connection to twin brothers, Harold and William? When Harold dies, he leaves a simple memorial request Will his sister Annette honour it? Or, will the magic of the garden ensure that she does. A magical story expressed via poetry and prose with photographic images. Mr. Sagittarius is … Continue reading Mr. Sagittarius by M J Mallon #NewRelease #Poetry