Mysteries and Thrillers

You love mysteries and thrillers. So do I.

We're both in luck.

Mysteries and suspense are the second most popular book genres, generating annual sales of $700 million. Seventy American publishers and imprints specialize in mystery and suspense. When J.K. Rowling, one of the best selling authors of all time creates a pseudonym to write mysteries (Robert Galbraith), you know the genre is unstoppable.

On television, dysfunctional reality families and celebrity chefs rise and fall, but crime and detective shows endure, season after season, case after case.

Streaming media outlets such as Netflix and Amazon are in the mystery-thriller business as well and I expect their appetite for original programing to keep growing.

Even as feature films go through the burn-out stages of C.G.I.- enhanced superheroes, there is still a market for smartly crafted thrillers, at all budget levels.

This all adds up to an insatiable need for stories.

There has never been a better time to be a mystery or thriller writer.

Mystery and suspense present unique challenges for writers. How to keep the thrills coming, without sacrificing character development? How to provide twists and turns without compromising your story's reality? How to weave in the true life facts that readers and audiences crave? Most importantly, how to create characters who seize our attention, conjure our empathy or stir our revulsion