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Let’s face it. We all love a great thriller! Some of us are drawn in by the mind-bending complexity of the plot, while others live and breathe for the high-octane action that keeps you turning the pages. But how do you get started on writing your own historical thriller? Well, the basic rules of premise, plot and characters apply, as they would in any novel — see my post: Writing Historical Fiction Based on True Stories . But there are particular challenges for writers of historical thrillers and I will take you through some of those issues now. Decide on a premise for your historical thriller Think big to create apprehension and suspense for the reader. Here are five examples: The doomsday premise: What could be more devastating than the end of the world? Nuclear apocalypse features in Stallion Gate by Martin Cruz Smith, and is a theme lurking in John le Carré’s thrillers. Or try natural disasters, like Pompeii . The science and technology premise (aka, new secret weapon). Keep i