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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10 thoughts on “On Writing Romantic Suspense

  1. All great tips. “Come up with a tantalizing title”–your reviews are great at that but I’ve seen a few books, you can’t figure what they’re about!

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    1. So true. It’s not always easy, that’s for sure 🙂


  2. Beware Of The Reader February 21, 2020 — 11:41 am

    Jacquie I shared with my friend who wrote her first book! It’s a real trove!

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  3. LOL! I love the call for the solve. Murder mystery solves are interesting!

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    1. Some of my favorite reading ( and writing!)

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      1. Well you know many travel ventures include murder mystery solving.as an activity. Travelers love it! 💕☕️☕️

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      2. …very entertaining and engaging.

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  4. Thanks for reblogging, Jacquie 🙂

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