How Sara Blaedel Went from Avid Mystery Reader to Bestselling Crime Writer

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Long before I started writing crime fiction, I was a huge fan of the mystery & thriller genres. From early childhood, I was an avid reader, who found suspenseful stories intoxicating. So invested did I become in those backdrops, plotting, and characters, that I considered myself an integral player. I fancied myself involved in the action and most especially in the evidence-gathering, fact-finding missions, and ultimate solving of the cases. It was exciting and transformative.

As an author, my most important tasks are to serve up storytelling that satisfies, engrosses, transports, and justifies the time spent navigating through the pages. This means that I endeavor, always, to bring my A-game and push myself to reach higher, to go deeper, and to make sure that what I’m offering rings true, makes sense, and is worthy of the investment of my wonderful readers, for whom I am eternally grateful.

My Top Three Tips for Writing Mystery & Thriller

1. Write what you’d want to read; if you don’t find it compelling, entertaining, and captivating, it likely isn’t.

2. Research tirelessly and expansively; authenticity is essential.

3. Don’t skimp on development; every element must be fully cooked.

About Sara Blaedel

Sara Blaedel is the author of the #1 international bestselling series featuring Detective Louise Rick. Her books are published in thirty-seven countries. In 2014 Sara was voted Denmark’s most popular novelist for the fourth time. She is also a recipient of the Golden Laurel, Denmark’s most prestigious literary award. She lives in New York City.