Thriller 101

Thriller 101

A podcast for readers and writers of thriller, mystery, suspense, and crime fiction.

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April 10, 2024 22 mins

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Michelle Glogovac Episode
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There are more avenues to publication now than there have ever been. 

Whether it’s publishing by partnering with a literary agent, or small or independent publishers, or even self-publishing, there’s so many ways to ge...

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Mel Mattison Episode
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Should you include a theme in your summary? 

How do agents read queries anyway? 

And what do you need in your opening to catch an agent’s attention? 

All this and more on this episode o...

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Ash Clifton Episode
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If you want to learn how to effectively introduce characters to your readers, you’re going to love today’s guest.

Mattison talks about finding a big idea that will carry you through a novel. 

And oft...

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Lisa Unger Episode
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How much backstory is too much backstory? Can there be any backstory at all? I mean, your characters have to have something going on…right? But what does that look like? Luckily, Ash Clifton is here ...

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Sandy Lu Episode
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Do you want to write characters with as much depth as a New York Times and international bestselling author? 

Today, we’re going to hear how Lisa Unger writes the kinds of characters that feel so incred...

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Vera Kurian Episode
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If you’re hoping to sign with your agent this year, you’re going to love this episode today. 

We’re going to dive deep into a fantastic submission to the Thriller 101 podcast! 

And my guest is going to...

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Jason Powell Episode
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You know when people say that the setting became like it’s own character?

And you sit there thinking…how do I make readers feel like that?

Well Vera Kurian is going to give us some advice o...

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Elle Grawl Episode
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 If you want the kind of opening that gets an agent's attention, you'll want to listen to what Jason Powell has to say.

The opening for his novel, No Man's Ghost opening might be the most unique one I’ve covered on the p...

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Tori Westminster Episode
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If all you’re doing is writing a thriller the way they used to be written, you might be missing out on some untapped potential. 

I’ve been reading a lot of thrillers recently that have some extra, added elements that work towa...

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Natasha C. Sass Episode
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The words “author platform” can make any writer roll their eyes. However, it’s also one of those important aspects of being a writer that isn’t much about actually being a writer. 

Luckily, today’s guest makes author platforms fu...

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Episode with Erin Flanagan
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Does it feel like Cozy Mysteries are making a come back? Well it did to me. So I reached out to Cozy expert, Natasha C. Sass. She quite literally wrote the book on cozy mysteries.

BIO:
Natasha has been in the publishing industry fo...

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Episode with Mandy McHugh
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The art methodically rising tension is a tricky one...because there really isn’t a hard and fast rule. 

However, while talking to our guest today, I learned so much about how to incrementally increase t...

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If you’re into morally gray characters, then you’re going to love today’s guest. 

And you’re going to love her even more if you want to write great dialogue.

Seriously, if you need to improve your dialogue writing, read Mandy McHugh’s w...

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Find out more about Amy Nielsen
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If you’re hoping to sign with your agent in the next few months, you’re going to love this episode with my guest today. 

We’re going to dive deep into a fantastic submission that shows a ton ...

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In today’s episode, we’re going to hear from a best-selling author about how she plans and organizes her novels.

Anyone who writes in the thriller, mystery, suspen...

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In today’s episode, we’re going to hear from a literary agent about what you need in your opening pages. 

If you’re hoping to sign with an agent this year, then you’...

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