Friday, 6 May 2016

Thriller Writing with C.J. Carver

I am so excited today to be able to host an article on thriller writing by C.J. Carver. C.J's latest novel Spare Me The Truth is a cracking fast paced read that will have even the most confident thriller reader hanging on by their fingernails....

Thriller writing and CJ Carver

Creating a thriller that thrills, I like to have a high-concept idea that interests and intrigues me, and in Spare Me The Truth it’s the memory erasing drug which isn’t sci-fi, but all too real.

I like writing the odd scene with an international setting.  Not too many, but enough to give the novel a bit of zest.  In Spare Me The Truth, we nip to Chennai in India for just four brief scenes, but they’re extremely evocative and add a touch of colour to the story.

I also concentrate on ending each scene with a thruster that will make the reader curious about what happens next.  I also like to deprive the reader of something he needs to know – like why Dan Forrester can’t remember certain things – to increase the reader’s attention and keep them turning those pages.

Additional Question for CJ

Question: Which location would you most like visit in the world?

Currently, Iceland is at the top of the list.  Geologically fascinating, but what I’m intrigued by is the Icelandic world of the huldufolk, the hidden people (elves, dwarves & ghosts).  Apparently there’s been an 8-year battle to stop a road being built because it’s believed elves live there and construction workers don’t want to risk any mishaps caused by angry elves upset at having their home destroyed.  Here, we protect newts and bats, but in Iceland its elves and ghosts.

Spare Me The Truth is out now and you can get it here:

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