Episode 68: Writing Psychological Suspense with Elizabeth George

by Gabriela Pereira
published in Podcast

Hello Hello word nerds! I’m so excited to share my interview with author Elizabeth George. Today we’ll be talking about writing psychological suspense and what it takes to build a great suspense novel with a lot of interesting psychological twists and turns.

Listen to our conversation below or by downloading it on iTunes. I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed recording it!

In this episode Elizabeth and I discuss:

  • Why it’s important to know where your story needs to start.
  • Writing deeply flawed yet deeply sympathetic characters.
  • Writing complex female characters and their different attitude toward feminism and female-ness.
  • How point-of-view helps strengthen the reader’s understanding of and sympathy for characters.

Plus, Elizabeth’s #1 tip for writers.


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Elizabeth George is the author of highly acclaimed novels of psychological suspense. She won the Anthony and Agatha Best First Novel awards in America and received the Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere in France. In 1990 she was awarded the prestigious German prize for international mystery fiction, the MIMI.

Her novels have now been adapted for television by the BBC. An Edgar and Macavity Nominee as well as a New York Times and international bestselling author, Elizabeth George lives on Whidbey Island in the state of Washington. Her latest novel, A Banquet of Consequences, is out now.

To learn more about Elizabeth George and her fantastic books, you can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or visit her website.

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Until next week, keep writing and keep being awesome.


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