The fabulous Arvon Book of Crime and Thriller Writing has just arrived from Bloomsbury. Here’s the synopsis:
“Written by two distinguished writers in the field, Michelle Spring and Laurie R. King, the book reveals, with riveting honesty, why and how authors are drawn to write about crime. The book also features fascinating insights from twenty-six top crime-writing guests. The Arvon Book of Crime and Thriller Writing is a detailed, practical guide to writing every kind of crime story, from classic whodunits to fast-paced thrillers. The book’s objective is to bring together some of the lessons and insights that the authors and contributors have learned over their careers, to help the readers to free their creative minds, while also studying the solid technique behind writing in this genre. The Arvon Book of Crime Writing captures the essence of Arvon teaching into a practical handbook for writers, packed with tips and advice from leading novelists as well reflections on the genre itself and practical instruction on great storytelling. The Arvon Foundation runs professional writing courses by published writers and provides expert tuition and creative support. Contributors from leading crime writers include: Lee Child, P.D James, and Ian Rankin. The Arvon Book of Crime Writing is divided into three sections: Part 1 – Essays on critical issues in the genre, Part 2: Guest Writers – 25 contributors offering advice and tips Part 3: How To Write Crime.”
I’m delighted to be one of the authors Laurie and Michelle asked to contribute an essay — “Why write thrillers?” This really is a terrific book (she says with complete bias). If you have the itch to write mystery, suspense, crime, thrillers — whatever you want to call it — pick it up.