With: Jannine Gallant
Writing suspense isn’t easy. I’ve found it’s a building process—creating an atmosphere, setting a tone, putting your reader on edge… If you want the big, suspenseful moments to be believable, you have to lay the groundwork first. The little scenes can be critical to the process. They’re the foundation that will support the greater structure. Here’s an example. In the following short excerpt, the heroine is on a hike with her daughters…
Jade shoved the empty wrapper in her pocket then lifted her head. “I heard a noise again.”
Ivy stared into the woods. “Maybe it’s the bears.”
“Or Jade’s overactive imagination.” Lark drank from her water bottle before returning it to her pack.
“No, I heard something, too.” Silence echoed in Rachel’s ears, sending a chill through her.
“Is anyone there?”
Shadows stretched across the trail. Wind blew softly through the tree branches, and a bird chirped somewhere overhead. The forest was beautiful and peaceful, but the hair stood up on the back of her neck.
“No one’s there. Can we go?” Lark let out an exasperated sigh.
“Fine. I’m sure it’s nothing.” But she couldn’t resist one last look behind them.
When done correctly, the small details build tension from scene to scene, drawing ever closer to the black moment. Long before the reader reaches the climax, I hope she’ll have double-checked to make sure all her doors are all locked. A suspense author can’t ask for a bigger complement!
EVERY MOVE SHE MAKES
No matter where she goes, he knows her every move…
Long ago, Rachel Carpenter was a glamorous soap star. She gave it all up to move to Napa Valley with her daughters to open a bookstore near her family vineyard. Her life is safe and dependable, until she encounters Kane Lafferty at a wilderness camp in the rugged High Sierra. A burned-out police detective struggling with his own demons, Kane is instantly attracted to Rachel. And like Rachel, he isn’t sure if he’s ready to open his heart. But everything is about to change…
Someone is watching from the darkness. A fanatic obsessed with Rachel for years has decided to claim what he believes is his. It will be up to Kane to not only protect his new love and her family, but to uncover the identity of the stalker before it’s too late for all of them…
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PDF copy of a suspense novella from my backlist. Winner choses from: We’ll Never Tell, She’ll Never Rest or He’ll Never Know. See Bookshelf for blurbs.
About the Author:
Write what you know. Jannine Gallant has taken this advice to heart, creating characters from small towns and plots that unfold in the great outdoors. She grew up in a tiny Northern California town and currently lives in beautiful Lake Tahoe with her husband and two daughters. When she isn’t busy writing or being a full time mom, Jannine hikes or snowshoes in the woods around her home. Whether she’s writing contemporary, historical or romantic suspense, Jannine brings the beauty of nature to her stories. To find out more about this author and her books, visit her website atjanninegallant.com.
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