Today, I have the privilege of interviewing a very accomplished author, Andrew Bourelle! Andrew Bourelle is the author of the novel Heavy Metal (now available on Amazon) and coauthor with James Patterson of Texas Ranger (Now Available). His short stories have appeared in a variety of publications and have twice been selected for inclusion in The Best American Mystery Stories. Andrew’s short story, “Three Bullets”, was included in our first issue this past July, which you can read HERE!
Writer’s block is definitely something every writer faces (some face it more frequently than others). But there are some proven strategies authors can use to overcome writer’s block and not let it throw them behind schedule or off course! We posed a question on our Twitter page, asking writers to share some of their strategies on how to overcome wrtier’s block. We received some awesome suggestions, all of which you can read HERE, but below are some of our favorites:
Definitely some great tips there! How about yourself? What are some ways you overcome writer’s block and get the ideas flowing? Let us know in the comments below!
Today we have the privelage of interviewing author Ingrid St. John! Ingrid’s debut novel, HaUNTED, was published earlier this year and falls under the horror/thriller genre. Since her childhood, Ingrid has been in love with thriller, mysteries and horror. She grew reading many different authors/genres. However, it was after watching the classic horror film A Nightmare on Elm Street that she became inspired to write her own stories. In addition to her love of writing, she is the founder of 1287 Pictures, a production company that will produce horror and thriller films.
You can learn more about her on her OFFICIAL WEBSITE.
We recently asked some authors what is their advice for writing flash fiction. Flash fiction is often described as a story that is less than 1,000 words (some magazines describe it as less than 800 words). Flash fiction is definitely a different animal than a short story, and it needs to have a different approach. Here’s some of the advice authors offered us:
- Don’t add un-necessary details or lofty description. If something is red, tell us it’s red. Don’t tell us that it “as red as a tomato’s skin”. If you take too long with the description, you won’t have enough words to tell the story.
- Flash fiction is often all about shock value. You don’t have a whole lot of time to tell a full story, so shocking or ambiguous endings are often a go-to.
- Start the story in the middle of the action.
- Use words that have a strong connotation. That way, you won’t have to describe things in as many details.
Our Editor-in-Chief, Ammar Habib, was recently interviewed by Joan from “What Editors Want You to Know”. Joan asked Ammar about some tips and advice he could offer to authors considering submitting their work to Thriller Magazine.You can read the full interview HERE, but below is a part of it. It’s a great read for those who are planning to submit their work to our publication, but also don’t forget to check out our SUBMISSION GUIDELINES! 🙂
Today we have the privilege of interviewing author Amy Grech! We had the honor of publishing her short story, “Fresh Finch” in our first issue earlier this summer, which you can read HERE!
Amy is an accomplished writer and has sold over 100 stories to various anthologies and magazines including: A New York State of Fright, Apex Magazine, Beat to a Pulp: Hardboiled, Dead Harvest, Deadman’s Tome Campfire Tales Book Two, Expiration Date, Fright Mare, Needle Magazine, Real American Horror, Shrieks and Shivers from the Horror Zine, Space and Time Magazine, Tales from The Lake Vol. 3, and many others. New Pulp Press published her book of noir stories, Rage and Redemption in Alphabet City. She is an Active Member of the Horror Writers Association and the International Thriller Writers. Amy currently resides in Brooklyn. To learn more about Amy, visit her website and follow Amy on Twitter at @amy_grech!
We recently ran a poll on our Twitter account asking authors how long it takes them to write a short story. Below are the results:
It looks like most people take less than 4 weeks to write a short story. For a lot of people it takes less than 1 week. That makes perfect sense since a short story is normally less than 6,000 words, so it really only takes 1 burst of momentum to get a first draft done!
What about you? How long does it take you to generally write a short story? Let us know in the comments below!
We are excited to announce that Thriller Magazine is now accepting submissions for our 2nd issue until October 15th! We’re looking for great short stories, flash fiction, poetry, artwork, and some book reviews.
Here is the link to our site, where you can read more about us, our submission guidelines, and our full first issue: thrillermagazine.org.
Today we are spotlighting our editor-in-chief, Ammar Habib! Ammar is a bestselling and award winning author based out of The Greater Houston Area. Ammar enjoys crafting stories that are entertaining and will stay with the reader for a long time. He holds several years of experience as an editor, both in the capacities as editing for magazines/journals and in the capacity of a freelance editor. Outside of his short stories, his published novels include The Dark Guardian Trilogy, Memories Of My Future, & Ana Rocha: Shadows of Justice.
Born in Lake Jackson, Texas in 1993, Ammar still currently resides in his hometown. Along with his career as an author, he created Thriller Magazine in the hopes of being able to help other authors get their start and grow their audience.