Stalking Willow (Amazing Grace Book 1)
I wanted the reader biting her manicured nails. Another scene in the novel was written slowly, to draw out the tension for the reader. This is often done in horror films. Ding She receives a text message.
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She finds her weapon and walks to the foot of the stairs, listening. The knife trembles with her white-knuckled grasp. She forgets to breathe. The noise upstairs has stopped. Had she only imagined it? She lowers the knife.
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A door creaks open. She drops the knife and bends over to get it, holding to the banister, looking upstairs while feeling around on the tile floor for her only weapon. She calls for her brother. All goes still. She calls out his name again. She starts up the stairs, one slow step at a time, knife raised …. You get the picture. That style worked for him, and it works for suspense writers as well.
A student of romantic suspense will study these scenes to make sure that the pacing is just right. Oh, and no writer ever wants to hurry the romantic kiss. The key is to turn the slow pace of the suspenseful moment into one the reader wants to see occur rather than one the reader wants the character to avoid. Spoiler alert: in Stalking Willow the hero and heroine have a happy-ever-after ending. The heart of a romantic suspense—the part that an author wants the reader to remember—is the journey that got them to that moment. So, find that lovable hero and heroine, put them into conflict with a villain, and amp up or string out the suspense to take the reader on an adventure they will never forget to a happy ending.
Give the hero and heroine a happy ending, and let the villain get what he or she deserves.
Fay Lamb is an editor, writing coach, and author, whose emotionally charged stories remind the reader that God is always in the details. Fay has contracted two series.
Stalking Willow and Better than Revenge , Books 1 and 2 in the Amazing Grace romantic suspense series are currently available for purchase. Charisse and Libby the first two novels in her The Ties That Bind contemporary romance series have been released. Fay loves to meet readers, and you can find her on her personal Facebook page , her Facebook Author page , and at The Tactical Editor on Facebook. Search for:. She starts up the stairs, one slow step at a time, knife raised … You get the picture. Like this: Like Loading Post to Cancel. Post was not sent - check your email addresses!
Fay has contracted three series with her publisher, Write Integrity Press. Fay has an adventurous spirit, which has also taken her into the arena of non-fiction with The Art of Characterization: How to Use the Elements of Storytelling to Connect Readers to an Unforgettable Cast.
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