The exhilaration of terror: tips for creating tension and suspense

This week I return to the Sydney Writers' Festival for my wrap up of the session on Tension and Suspense, where authors Caroline Overington, Hannah Richell and Julienne van Loon revealed their tips on how to keep readers turning the pages. And they should know - take a look at their author websites by clicking …

Get set: why you can’t afford to ignore time and place in your writing

Writers can dedicate endless amounts of time and thought to both characters and plot when formulating the concept for a new novel. Not surprising really - unless you have a plot that keeps your readers turning the pages or characters that are interesting, your novel isn't likely to meet expectations. But what of the setting …