Six Elements of a Thriller

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I’ve written a new article posted at Keep Me In Suspense:

I recently read a book that was labeled as a thriller, but it was anything except a thriller. In fact, I’m not sure I would even call it suspense. Slow reading and back story are words that come to mind for this particular novel. If you suspect it’s yours, don’t worry, I’m not going to give the name.

When I read a thriller, I want to be thrilled, meaning I want a fast-paced action and adventure story. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not looking for cheap thrills. No, I want a thriller that includes a deep message and if we’re talking a Christian thriller, then it had better include a strong spiritual journey as well.

Is that asking too much?

If you’re writing a thriller and secretly think that I was referring to your novel above, then let’s take a look at defining a thriller. Keep in mind that these are not hard and fast rules, but general guidelines. There will always be exceptions.

You can read the rest here.

Great reading about the Fantasy Four Tour over at Becky Miller’s Blog. I haven’t been able to participate as much as I would like, but there wouldn’t be much to add to Becky’s posts.

OH, and I couldn’t help but share this! Fish anyone? The two at the end were not caught in the ocean, btw.


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