1. Introduction; 2. Beginnings; 3. The Idea; 4. The Plot; 5. Character; 6. Impact; 7. Language, style and dialogue; 8. Going the distance; 9. Getting it out there; An exclusive interview with author Lee Child; Glossary; Appendix 1; Useful books and publications; Appendix 2 Thrillers to read and see; Appendix 3 UK literary agents and publishers; Writers' organisations; Arts councils in the UK; Courses and specialist services; Contacting the author; Index.
Scott Mariani is an experienced professional writer and the author of the thriller The Fulcanelli Manuscript. He has a Masters Degree in Creative Writing and lectures widely on the subject. He coaches aspiring writers and reads and assesses scripts for a leading literary consultancy. He is an active member of International Thriller Writers (ITW).
'I just wish this book had been around when I was starting out. It's highly engaging, inspirational and full of useful insights...just like a great thriller itself, I couldn't put it down! Reading this book should be the first step for any budding thriller writer.' Seth Garner, author of The Blood Partnership and Broken Surface