There is an old adage that you should write what you know. I prefer to say, you should write about what interests you. It follows then, that you should write in the genre that you most often read. My enjoyment of fast-paced, plot-driven, American crime thrillers inspired my desire to write and influenced my style.
Over time, my reading developed a familiarity with a structure that would enable me to entertain and excite to maximum effect. In a vague chronological order:
- An event/action that poses Intriguing questions.
- The presence of obstacles or Conflict.
- Chapter ending - what next? - Hooks.
- Gripping Suspense.
- Unexpected revelations and Twists.
- More conflict - pile on the pressure to an enthralling Climax.
- A surprise Resolution.
The key to keeping the pages turning is the need to know; what happens next? This need is why I read and write thrillers.
John Baird, author of Chasing Shadows, coming to
in the summer of 2010. America