So I posted a few of the photos from the weekend and I do have few more but I thought today I would give a brief round up of session One with Jodi Thomas. Her topic was 'How to Research and Sell a Romantic Suspense.'
First I have to say her story of how she came to be where she is was fascinating and at times hilarious. I won't try and sum it up but if you have the chance to attend one of her workshops - GO.
So here are her points ( as I caught them!) briefly:
1. write an original
2. who would be the character that would never be in a suspense - use them
3. end every chapter with a hook
4. make people care about your character; don't make them perfect; let the story force her to find her inner strength
5. make us hate the bad guy
6. take what you know and twist it ; create the suspense out of the ordinary
On the market front she said that is was going crazy in the States so if you are writing from else where make sure that you tie in the US some how so that you take the reader on the journey with you.
On a personal aside Jodi was lovely and it was great to have her around for the whole conference.