In the realm of writing, every author has their own set of rules. These unyielding principles serve to heighten the tension, astonish readers, and keep them on the edge of their seats. Among these rules, one stands above all others, a rule that I hold dear.
Writing Rule #1: NO ONE IS SAFE!
Let me share with you the importance of this rule and how it has added excitement to my stories.
When I began crafting Route 666, the inaugural book in the Highway to Hell series, I scribbled those four words onto a Post-it note and affixed it to my laptop. This rule extends beyond the realm of humans; even our feline friends are not exempt. I received countless messages from readers expressing their shock when the family cat, Ivy, met a gruesome fate at the hands of Lucius Rofocale. It unsettled many, but that was precisely my intention. Mission accomplished!
Even the story's protagonist, Jack Aitken, is not immune to peril. His entire existence takes a treacherous turn, leaving him battered and broken. In Sins of the Fathers, the devastating loss of his beloved wife, Amanda, threatens to consume him entirely. It may sound twisted, but if you aspire to write a fiction novel that captivates readers, you must embrace a willingness to subject your characters to both physical and emotional torment. As stated in my author's profile,
"He writes paranormal thrillers that put even his most beloved characters at risk of unspeakable danger."
Are you still unsure of how to embark on your writing journey? Don't fret. Start by establishing your own set of rules. Determine the boundaries you're willing to push, the risks you're ready to take, and the sacrifices your characters may have to endure. By doing so, you'll infuse your narrative with an irresistible sense of suspense and unpredictability.
You'll be able to transport readers seeking an escape from their day-to-day reality to a world where danger lurks around every corner. Remember, it's the harrowing experiences, the heart-wrenching losses, and the constant threat of unspeakable danger that make a story truly unforgettable.
Embrace the darkness, let your imagination run wild, and craft a tale that leaves readers trembling.