Ron Tiner, illustrator and Exeter Writer, celebrates his successful book Drawing From Your Imagination finding a new audience. Budding Chinese illustrators can now enjoy Ron's guide and its rather splendid new cover:
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
OBITUARY It is with great sadness that I record the death of my husband, Ray Girvan, whom many of you have known for some time. Ray and I joined Exeter Writers in about 1998, but he soon decided that, as a technical rather than a literary writer, the group wasn’t really for him and left. He remained a presence in the group, however, coming to social occasions and managing the website, which he did for several years until he became too ill to continue.
The winner of the first prize for Exeter Writers' Short Story Competition 2021 was LM Rees with her thought-provoking Stand Up, which you can find in the Winning Stories section of the blog. If you haven't read it yet, we highly recommend you do. Exeter Writers member and blog manager, Jessica Triana, speaks to LM Rees to get the author lowdown: Hello LM Rees… Should I call you LM or do you have a first name I can call you by? Hi Jessica. You can call me Lucy. Well done on winning our first prize with Stand Up this year. How does it feel to be an Exeter Writers Competition Winner? Thank you very much. It feels wonderful being an Exeter Writers competition winner. I am absolutely delighted. Racism and bullying are very sensitive topics. Where did you get your inspiration to write this story? I’d have to go way back to when I was in school, learning about the Holocaust for A level history. I remember being absolutely baffled as to how this was ever allowed to happen, not just t