Thriller Authors Share Secrets — "How to Write the Thriller"

 Thriller authors share secrets —

“How to Write the Thriller”

Readers of thriller novels are literary adrenalin junkies, addicted to the plot-driven roller-coaster rides and white-knuckle suspense. That’s why the thriller has become one of the most popular forms of contemporary fiction today. A panel of area thriller writers will provide tips on “How to Write the Thriller,” at the Florida Writers Association’s (FWA) Ponte Vedra Writer’s chapter meeting on Saturday, January 14 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ponte Vedra Beach Library.

Panelists include Chuck Barrett, Drew Berquist, Kent Holloway, and Ron Whittington.

Chuck Barrett, a retired air traffic controller and commercial pilot and flight instructor, is the author of The Savannah Project and the soon-to-be-released, The Toymaker. Drew Berquist is a senior intelligence consultant for the United States government with operational training from multiple intelligence agencies. He used the experience of his twelve deployments to Afghanistan to write The Maverick Experiment, a novel about the war on terror.

Even though Kent Holloway stays busy as a forensic death investigator for St. Johns County, and the publisher of Seven Realms Publishing, he’s still found time to write two books in a paranormal thriller series, including Primal Thirst, and Siren’s Song.

After a career as a print and broadcast journalist, and as a marketing consultant, Ron Whittington founded his own public relations firm. He also worked as a ghost writer, but finally got around to writing his own thriller, Second Strike, which is set in northeast Florida.

Thrillers can be found in a variety of subcategories such as the international thriller (Steve Berry’s, The Emperor’s Tomb and Dan Brown’s, The Da Vinci Code), the techno-thriller (Tom Clancy’s, The Hunt for Red October), the legal thriller (John Grisham’s, The Firm) and many others. Many of them feature key characteristics such as non-stop action, exotic locations, and earth-shaking conspiracies or disasters that the hero must prevent. Each of the panelists will provide insights into how they crafted their thrillers and give tips on how to keep the reader turning pages.

FWA is a statewide, non-profit organization with over 1,200 members dedicated to the support and networking of both aspiring and published writers in any genre. All meetings are open to members and non-members alike. For more information, please call FWA Regional Director, Vic DiGenti, at 904-285-2258.


1 Comment

  1. 2branta on January 4, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    I just put up a blog on Dec 22 about a possible zone of vulnerability to terrorist attack which I have named “the V1-VR terrorist runway kill zone” or RKZ for short. This zone, like a Tom Clancy scenario, could be viewed as “giving ideas to terrorists” which is why I kept silent about this concept six years (except to discuss it with the Air Force One command and the Secret Service. I have a rough draft of a novel incorporating the concept of the RKZ but did not finish it because I did not believe that it would be “safe” to publish it.

    My further research showing that “forewarned is forearmed” and the recent arrest of Rezwan Ferdaus and his model airplane attack drones has emboldened me to go public with this RKZ concept.

    Rezwan Ferdaus could have attacked Obama on Air Force One with his drones.


    “The V1-VR Terrorist Runway Kill Zone”

    What is the V1-VR terrorist runway kill zone (RKZ)?

    The RKZ is a zone on an airport takeoff runway between two points called V1 and VR that every large multi-engine jet aircraft, such as Air Force One, must pass through while taking off.

    Here is a cockpit video of a 747-400 where the co-pilot can be heard to call out “V1″ at 0:50 and then call out “VR” at 0:58, as required for all takeoffs. The runway zone travelled by the aircraft in the 8 seconds between V1 and VR for this takeoff is the RKZ.

    If any two engines on a large multi-engine jet can be disabled in the RKZ by a terrorist attack, the aircraft will not be able to gain enough altitude to return to the airport and will almost certainly crash. The availability of inexpensive, GPS-guided autonomous model aircraft and helicopters (drones and UAVs) that are capable of precisely targeting the runway path of each jet engine in the RKZ makes terrorist attacks increasingly probable.

    Could Rezwan Ferdaus have used his GPS autopilot controlled model aircraft to attack Air Force One or other large military or commercial aircraft, such as an El Al airliner in the RKZ?

    As reported at the link above by Slate’s William Saletan, Ferdaus appears to have acquired multiple GPS autopilot-controlled model aircraft capable of flying to runway waypoints obtained from Google Earth within the probable RKZ of a “high value target” of his choice.

    How can the Runway Kill Zone (RKZ) be protected from terrorist attacks?

    Protection of the RKZ requires electronic and human surveillance at the physical RKZ location on the runway and in the vicinity of the runway and airport to provide detection and warning of UAV drone launches and intrusions.

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