Thursday, January 31, 2013

What makes a Thriller?

The thriller novel contains nonstop action, edge of your seat suspense, a heroic protagonist, and a villain that threatens the hero, his world, and civilization.  An important element of the modern day thriller is the ticking time clock that ratchets up the suspense in the last third of the novel. 

Thrillers are what you want when you’re facing that four-hour plane ride.  They’re what you look for when you’re on the beach, or at the pool, or stuck in the back of your parents SUV watching miles of pavement fly by on your way to your cousins house.  The thriller novel is the ultimate form of escapism for the reading public.

10 popular thriller categories

Espionage / Spy Thriller                                                     

Action / Adventure Thriller
Medical Thriller

True Crime Thriller                                     

Military Thriller

Historical Thriller

Techno Thriller

Political Thriller

Legal Thriller

Detective Thriller

Private eye Thriller

Religious Thriller 

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Origin of The Writers Cabin

Welcome to The Writers Cabin

This Blog got its name from an actual place.  In May of 2008 my wife and I set out to buy a small cabin in the mountains of Colorado.  After much hunting we found a place and decided to buy it.  A little while later I began working on my first novel. A contemporary thriller named Rhode Kill.  I completed the first draft in the fall of 2010 and spent the next year editing, rewriting, and revising that novel. It currently sits in the drawer of my desk aging like a fine bottle of wine.  Someday when I've perfected my craft I will take my debut novel out of that drawer and rewrite it.  

In the fall of 2011 I came up with an idea for a new novel which I named with the working title Not Dead Yet.  As I begin this blog I am just completing my 6th draft of this new novel and when I'm satisfied I will begin the process of querying literary agents or self publishing.  As of this writing I have not decided which of the two avenues I will follow.  It's a great new time to be an author in a world full of choices. 

Since May of 2008 I have done the bulk of my writing at the place we nicknamed The Writers Cabin.