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. Which 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.
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.
Ilka Nichols Jensen, a forty-year-old widow in Copenhagen leads a modest and uneventful life until news that her father–who walked out suddenly and inexplicably on the family more than three decades ago–has died. Desperate for a connection to the parent she never really knew, Ilka plans to visit her father's Wisconsin funeral home, which he left for her in his will. But as she goes through his things–hoping for some insight into his new life in America–Ilka stumbles on an unsolved murder. When it becomes clear that the killer might still be alive, the undertaker’s daughter realizes she might be in over her head.
When Sofie Parker is shockingly murdered in her home in England, it's discovered she's actually a Danish citizen who's been on the Missing Persons list for almost two decades. When Special Search agent Louise Rick investigates the death, she discovers that Sofie was reported missing by none other than Louise's own police colleague-turned-lover. This added layer of emotional turmoil further complicates what might be Louise's most controversial case yet.