When writing my medieval characters in
Paula Wynne's blog
When I was thinking of an idea of how to frighten my main character in my conspiracy suspense thriller (The Grotto's Secret) with something terrible the villain does to her family, I came up with the idea of hanging an ear (yes, a human ear) to a wind chime (please don't do this at home!).
When I wrote a post on why we humans loved to be scared, I realised that millions of people don't like reading thrillers because they don't like to be scared. But many more millions love, abso-loot-ly love to be scared. Not just scared, but having the pants scared off them.
We'd have to see a shrink to fully understand why we love having our insides twisted and turned and why we love escaping with our fictional characters into suspense filled plots and dark, spooky locations.
During the writing of my historical conspiracy thriller I knew that I wanted to create suspense for my reader. I wanted the novel to race along so the reader couldn't put the book down. A comment from a reader that your book is a page turner is every author's dream.
Even worse, nobody can catch him. When he gets over excited, knowing he has been naughty, he races around and around, dodging close by us, tempting us to catch him, but all the while knowing we have no chance of stopping him.
When it was just Ken and I alone, our three sons all living on their own, I'd get up well before the crack of dawn and start my writing day. I loved the peace and quiet settling over the house.
When Ken rose, we'd each spend some time on our laptops, him checking emails and me battening down the hatches of the writing I had done earlier. I would write for a few hours before my 'working day' started, and then again late in the evening if there wasn't much ticking over family-wise.
The garden looks overgrown which makes me groan. I have so much work to still do on The Grotto's Secret, yet I want to sit and look at this view all day. I never tire from gazing at it and have new plots pop up in my head with plot buzzing around my brain and new characters coming to life.
A view to inspire a novel?
Certainly, this one inspired the fictional setting for my conspiracy thriller, along with one of the main characters from the middle ages, and it inspires me to write every day.
In the stunning view we have in our new Spanish home, far in the distance I can see this heart shaped mountain. The more I looked at it, the more it made me want to use it somehow in The Grotto's Secret, so I did.
When you read the book, see if you can spot the heart shaped mountain. Then drop me a line and let me know with an image of you with the book. And I will send you a copy of the book for a gift for your friend.
This is where I will be writing the last edits of The Grotto's Secret. When we bought our new home in Spain this breathtaking view inspired the location for my conspiracy thriller and gave me the idea to use a historical time lapse.
I have always been fascinated with history and not knowing much about Spanish history or the middle ages in Spain, compelled me to dive into doing lots of research about living in medieval Spain.