The crime thriller books writing process

The crime thriller books writing processOne of the things I want to talk about in this blog is writing, the crime thriller books writing process and the writer’s life. So, every month (or more often if the mood strikes me), I’ll talk about some or all of these topics. I’ll start by answering some of the most common questions people ask me.

How did I get started as a writer? In June 1992, while I was still practicing law, one of my partners came in my office and complained bitterly about another partner. I know, you’re shocked! Lawyers not getting along with one another? What’s next? Anyway, I gave him the following advice. Let’s just write a murder mystery, kill the son-of-a-bitch off in the first chapter and spend the rest of the book figuring out who did it. So I did. No kidding.

Where do you get your ideas? First answer – I steal them. Much easier than thinking of them on my own. Okay, I am kidding. Real answer – I pay attention to the world around me, reading, watching and listening. I get more ideas just by being aware of what’s going on in the world because people will do things authors may never think of. And, once I have a general idea of who and what I want to write about, I ask myself what will happen when things go wrong, especially when my characters think no one is watching.

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