Paula Priamos is no stranger to suspense.
Discussed in Episode 87 with Paula Priamos
- How early in writing a suspense novel do you know what the ending is going to be?
- “I first started with the characters.” On beginning her latest book.
- Important for her to write supporting characters that were fully fleshed out, not one-dimensional.
- Using settings.
- “I wanted to immortalize my relationship with my dad.” On her memoir, The Shyster’s Daughter.
- “I’m not afraid of the blank page.” On starting her books in blank notebooks.
- “Their lives start to play out in my head.” On starting the first scenes.
- “You don’t know how you did it but you’re just happy it worked out.” On those elusive moments of writing flow.
- “They can drive you crazy.” On living with the characters in your novel.
- “It anchors you. It gives you a compass that you’re a writer first.” On writing every day, around a day job.
- “It makes me feel like I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing with my life.” On writing every day.
- “Even bad writing can somehow turn into good writing.” On staying engaged, even when its not going well.
- “As long as you care about the language, you’re a literary writer.” On the flexibility of the literary genre.
- “It has to have some type of meaning behind it or else why read it, or why write it?” On knowing what your story is about.
- “It’s a certain type of freedom, to write in a notebook first.” On staying away from technology on first drafts.
- The writing is the best part of the entire book producing process.
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