“Extremely scary,”…”very exciting,”…”spooky.” 

Secrets –  Lawrence Estrey


My first novel Secrets appears to have sold in three countries and the local library has agreed to stock it, so I’m now working on a new novel and hoping it will go to plan.  Again, I have chosen to write a psychological thriller.  This time, I want to concentrate more on the psychology and suspense and less on the crime elements. 

Here are some of the things I learned during the writing process for Secrets:

  • Avoid changing viewpoint unless absolutely crucial to the story,
  • Delay surprises until absolutely crucial to the story,
  • In a crime thriller or psychological thriller, always introduce calming sections and contrasts. These allow for more scary/exciting scenes later on. 

Sounds pretty basic, yet I ignored my own advice many times during the writing of Secrets and previous works.


2 thoughts on “A New Novel?

  1. Brilliantly exciting and well put together, hope the end is as good as the rest. Looking forward to the next book.
    Oh what a tangled web we weave when we practice to deceive!!

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