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5 Tips on How To Write Smart Thrillers

A ThrillerFest panel last week tackled this question: “Can a thriller be both exciting and smart?” Participants included authors Linwood Barclay, Joseph Finder, Kathleen George, Andrew Gross, Andrew Pyper and Matt Richtel. David Liss moderated the panel.

During the discussion, the participants picked Dennis LeHane‘s Shutter Island, Joseph Conrad‘s Heart of Darkness, and William Landay‘s upcoming Defending Jacob as their favorite smart thrillers.

Below, we’ve included five tips for writing smart thrillers from the discussion.

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Melissa de la Cruz on Writing for Adults

Melissa de la Cruz began her career with the YA vampire series, Blue Bloods, but she will soon release her first adult title, Witches of East End. At BEA, she joined a panel of YA authors who have also finished their first adult projects.

De la Cruz explained: “I was really excited to write an adult book, so I was like, ‘Woo! I can write about sex.’ So I wrote all the sex scenes first. And then I had to figure out how to make it work in the story. I kind of went backwards that way. I think I struggled with it a little bit more because I thought, ‘Oh, it’s an adult book.’ I thought I had to put on some other brain. As I was writing it, I was like, ‘Oh no, this is just like Blue Bloods. This is just what I do.’”

De la Cruz wrote Witches of East End with her YA fans in mind, considering that many of them will soon be adults. She promised a few favorite characters will reappear in her adult title.

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Writers to Discuss Borrowed Voices & Stolen Stories

Tonight, the Walls and Bridges Festival will end with a discussion event at FIAF entitled “The Original Copy: Borrowed Voices and Stolen Stories.” Chris Lehmann of Bookforum will moderate a panel of four authors which include Yannick HaenelLaurent NunezVictoria Patterson, and Siva Vaidhyanathan.

Here’s more about the event: “It’ll tackle the topic of the tension inherent in borrowing (a plot, a style, or the entire library of written works) for one’s own use.  It features French authors never before accessible to American audiences who are experimenting in their fiction, plus Americans Victoria Patterson and Siva Vaidhyanathan.”

Admission normally costs $15, but the organizers have a special offer for GalleyCat readers. Email wallsandbridgesrsvp@gmail.com with GALLEYCAT in the subject and get in for free.

National Peace Corps Association Launches $5,000 Essay Contest

The National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) has teamed up with the the SEVEN Fund to launch the Enterprise Solutions to Global Poverty Essay Contest. One grand prize winner will receive $5,000.

Here’s more about the rules: “Solutions to poverty require innovative technology and communications, greater attention to women, increased job generation and the promotion of sustainable grassroots efforts. We invite authors to share their first person accounts of enterprise solutions to poverty and the topics above.”

The winner will be announced at a panel event in Washington D.C. on September 24th during a week-long celebration commemorating the Peace Corps’ 50th anniversary. The contest closes on July 31st.