When I finished TRANSCEND, my YA psychological thriller, I accomplished more than finishing another novel - I found one of my favorite genres to write.
I guess it is no surprise that I like to write stories with a strong psychological theme - stories that make you question the functioning of your own mind. But I didn't realize how much I enjoyed writing thrillers. I love leading the reader down an unreliable path - making them follow a particular lead only to find out their assumptions were wrong in the end. I love the suspense and drama involved in a good psychological thriller. And I really love crafting a believable, yet unreliable, narrator.
But what makes a good psychological thriller?
- A twist you don't see coming but makes total sense in the end.
- Strong emotions.
- Authentic characters.
- An interesting plot
All of these are important elements I tried to create in TRANSCEND. I spent a lot of the revision process honing in to each of these elements and reading for that within the novel. Based on reader feedback, I think I achieved at least some of what I was going for.
My NaNo novel is another psychological thriller. And man-oh-man - I CAN'T WAIT to start!
What is your favorite genre to write? Why?