My novel, a psychological thriller – Attic of the Mind – follows a twisting road of deceit, revenge and ultimately, resolution.
In reality, I don’t live in a dark world full of misery, suspense and a bubbling below the surface fear. My life is mainstream, with the usual ups and downs experienced by many.
However, in my writing, I delve into the dark shadows that move in the corners of the room. Everything that spooks me, I put in my novels – with the situations become darker than I had originally imagined.
I find that writing about things I would never do in real life, brings some kind of perverse release; exploring the psychopathic tendencies and violent acts that belong to a character is fascinating and sometimes challenging.
If I’m getting bored in a chapter – then I assume that the reader would too – so I rewrite or delete, depending on the relevance of the section.
I like to jump right in from the first sentence in the first chapter. However, I do wonder whether some people – ie Agents – may find it rather distasteful, abrupt or off-putting. Sadly there is no time for Agents to say what puts them off after requesting a partial – as that would be invaluable advice. I obviously only seek out Agents who have an interest in this genre – it would be madness to do otherwise.
I write what I like to read – as it thrills me to spin the web of darkness. However, in this economic meltdown – many articles talk about readers seeking escapism – well, I would argue that a psychological thriller is still escapism, but to a world you would only visit rather than live in.
The hint is in the genre word itself – ‘thriller’ – I want to thrill people with my novels – fingers crossed – one day I will.
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