With: Michelle Karl
One of the most common pieces of writing advice that every writer hears, at least once in their journey, is to “write what you know.” Whether or not you subscribe to that adage, there’s one thing that we all know—and probably better than we want to: Fear. We all know what it’s like to feel afraid, to feel that surge of adrenaline in your chest that starts your pulse racing and your heart pounding.
It’s a lot like falling in love, really. Maybe that’s why suspense and romance go together so well!
When I started writing Fatal Freeze, I asked myself: “What am I afraid of? What makes me shake and shiver, what is it that, when placed in a difficult and unexpected situation, would make everything so much worse?”
Spiders and snakes are common fears for some people—as are public speaking and heights—but you know what strikes terror into my heart? Boats. And the ocean. Boats on the ocean! All right, before you start laughing, hear me out for a moment!
I think that when you can identify a fear and harness those raw emotions, a story becomes much more powerful. My hero and heroine in Fatal Freeze are trapped on an icebound ferry in the ocean, and just thinking about being in that situation makes me shiver and cringe in fear. Imagine if you were in their shoes, with a killer aboard. Yikes.
Throw a little romance into the mix, and that pounding heart is going to get a major workout!
I’d love to know what makes you shiver and shake with fear! If you were on the run from a killer or placed in danger, what would make that situation so much worse?
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CIA agent Shaun Carter is on the trail of an international crime ring, and the sudden appearance of a woman from his past could jeopardize his mission. Missing persons investigator Lexie Reilly's search for a missing teen has put her in the criminals' crosshairs. Joining forces to take down this ring is their only chance of survival. Shaun vows to keep the beautiful investigator out of harm's way and help her find the lost girl. But when their ferry becomes icebound, they are trapped at sea with killers who will stop at nothing to keep them from discovering their secrets.
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About the Author
Michelle Karl is an unabashed bibliophile and romantic suspense author. She lives in Canada with her husband, a co-dependent cat, and an opinionated parrot. When she's not reading and consuming copious amounts of coffee, she writes the stories she'd like to find in her 'to be read' pile. She also loves animals, world music, and eating the last piece of cheesecake.
Visit her at www.michellekarl.com, on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MichelleKarlAuthor), or Twitter (https://twitter.com/_MichelleKarl_)!
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