The Romantic Side of Suspense Author Sarah Hamaker
“It was kind of difficult finding a balance to write at first,” Sara said. “I primarily get up early—and it’s hopefully before anyone else is up—between five and five-thirty, and then try to get as much writing as I can before everyone else is getting up. Whatever writing doesn’t get done, I try to fit it in between math, etc.”
“When watching movies, I use them to draw inspiration as far as character ideas, flaws for the characters, plot engines, and how other writers have put together the steps to create the plots,” Gina said. “When I relax my mind that way, I’m also able to think of things for my own books and ideas come to mind.”
“For me, I think there are a few things hard about writing romantic suspense,” Deena said. “One is keeping up that level of suspense through the whole story. Second, balancing that with the romance. Since I write inspirational, it’s also balancing the faith element with the suspense and romance—all while not letting the story get boring.”
“One of my secrets is that when I decided to start writing, I gave up TV,” Cara said. “I figured out what was that thing in my life that I could cut out and make space for writing.”
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Here’s an audio excerpt from Mistletoe & Murder.