When Enemies Become Allies: Kate Kessler on Crafting the Most Compelling Thriller Characters

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For me, the most important element of any thriller will always be the main character and how they interact with other characters. The Silence of the Lambs would not be as great without its “quid pro quo” agreement between Clarice and Hannibal.

There has to be character interaction, and oftentimes the weirder the better. I love when enemies become allies, such as in If Tomorrow Comes. I’m all about character—in my own books as well as others.