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 and keep us hooked.

That's why I'm here.

As a published mystery novelist, produced thriller screenwriter and experienced content editor, I can help you achieve your creative goals, whether you're writing for publication or for the screen.

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Genres of Writing

The landscape of mysteries and thrillers is diverse and is always sprouting new sub-genres, each with its own stylistic and thematic traits.

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From a commercial standpoint, it's important that we writers know where our work fits in.

About half of all novels sold are mysteries, thrillers or suspense. They're read on summer vacations and at home in the captive, dreary days of winter. They dominate the bestseller lists and win literary prizes, having long ago breached the barrier between genre fiction and "serious literature."

Television continues to thrive on mysteries while the movies concentrate on action thrillers.

Let's break down these genres and see what creative elements make them unique.

Mystery Novels

Mysteries Television and Film

Thrillers

Suspense

Espionage Stories

Criminal Heroes

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