I’m delighted to be talking about Writing a Gripping Thriller for Hayley McKenzie’s blog ScriptAngel – you can read the opening below. Hayley is a great person and script collateralconsultant, who’s based in the Midlands so we generally only get to meet when she’s down in London for the Production Show or London Screenwriters’ Workshop – which starts Friday.

My book is now officially out, and I’m celebrating with four Meet The Author sessions at LSF. I’ll be available for questions about screenwriting, or indeed just a general natter, and on the Friday evening we’ll see if we can find somewhere to get a drink too.

If you’re there, please come and say hi! I’ll be in the Euroscript Room (The Knapp Gallery) on Friday 12-1 and 7.30pm. Saturday 12-1 and Sunday 3.30-4.30. I’ll also be in and out of the Euroscript Room at other times, or you can leave a message for me there.

If you’re not at the Festival, I’m doing various gigs around the UK – details are constantly being added here.

So –

Writing A Gripping Thriller

Let me keep you in suspense for a little while. In my view, a thriller is a film in any genre but with added fear. Fear and suspense dominate the thriller – an almost constant sense that something frightening is about to happen – or is happening right now. This is contrasts with a classic action-adventure, where the dominant emotion is fast-moving excitement.

The most common thrillers are crime stories (Collateral, Cape Fear, Psycho), though there are many spy thrillers (The Spy Who Came In From The Cold), psychological thrillers (Side Effects) and comedy thrillers (Charade). For obvious reasons, it’s more difficult to create thrillers from certain genres, such as sports, though I know of at least one – Rollerball. And the 2011 movie Margin Call is a gripping financial drama thriller. All good stories contain suspense – however in a thriller the suspense is cranked up (for you fans of Spinal Tap) to number 11.

Read the rest here…