Blood Type: every fortnight top thriller & crime authors spill their guts about writing to Barbara Copperthwaite

CRIME AUTHORS SPILL THEIR GUTS ABOUT WRITING. Every fortnight top-notch authors of psychological thrillers and crime fiction share their writing secrets – and the secrets of their success – with you and me.

Here’s the A-Z of criminal masterminds…

Tom Bale “If you’re a writer, you can be lying in bed with your eyes shut and still be working.”

Alison Baillie “I always feel inspired when I can walk along a deserted beach and hear the waves and smell the sea air.”

Harry Bingham: “Do you know what? I hate writing tips. I think they’re so often a load of rubbish.”

Nicky Black “Don’t get it right, get it written.”

Robert Bryndza “Before I go to sleep I write a page of notes detailing what I should write the next day.”

Sam Carrington “Even though I’d had the end in mind since the beginning, it actually changed when I came to write it.”

J.A. Corrigan “Believe in yourself, & don’t allow either triumphs or disasters to affect you too much.”

Fiona Cummins “Talent is all very well but tenacity, self-belief, originality and the ability to get the words on the page are just as important.”

Class Green “Every time I finish a book I get the feeling that I will never have an idea for another.”

Louise Jensen “Sometimes writing with no idea of where I’m going is utterly terrifying.”

Alan Jones “I don’t know where I would be without the enthusiastic help of book bloggers.”

Jane Lythell “Sometimes a scene seems very important to invent. It’s as if it won’t be silenced.”

Tara Lyons “Facebook book clubs & bloggers have been invaluable in helping me become a bestselling author.”

Angela Marsons “I like the story to grow organically from chapter to chapter.”

Liz Mistry “Writing gives you an excuse to delve into the darkest parts of your mind.”

Louise Mullins: “Beautiful Liar was exhilarating [to write] because his psychopathic personality seemed to jump from the page.”

Jessica Norrie: “It made me cry when I was writing it, so I knew it must be good.”

B.A. Paris “Not letting the pace flag is something I try to keep in mind when I’m writing.”

Christina Philippou “I love authors that drip-feed you information and peel back the layers one by one.”

Betsy Reavley “The characters come to life in my head and I let them lead the way.”

Mary Jane Riley “There is no room for waffle in this genre. I try never to use three words when one will do.”

Robin Roughley “Listen to readers. They’re the best judge of what works & what doesn’t.”

William Shaw “I’ll be honest; what I wrote for years just wasn’t good enough.”

Mel Sherratt “If I’d given up after writing the first draft of the first book, I wouldn’t be now writing my twelfth novel.”

Rob Sinclair “Write the slow stuff fast, and the fast stuff slow.”

Jack Steele “If you set out to do something without distraction then you can achieve it.”

Peter Swanson “I usually have a very bad moment about halfway through writing a book when I’ve painted myself into some unpleasant corner.”

S.D. Sykes “You have to sit at your desk and write. Even on days when you don’t feel like it!”

Lesley Tither “I tend to write in my head while walking.”

David Videcette “I’m a big fan of detailed character biographies.”

A.J. Waines “Writing seems to be a massive roller-coaster ride with great surges forward followed by terrible disappointments.”

David Young: “Cast against type – to try to avoid stereotypical characters.”