Author: Hank Phillippi Ryan

Five Secrets to Writing Suspense

Even the most highbrow of literary types need to create a sense of tension and anticipation to keep the reader turning pages–and Polly Stewart shares some secrets for amping up the suspense in your novel, no matter what the genre!

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Deconstructing Chapter One

Does every word you write have a purpose? Every paragraph? USA Today Bestselling author Hank Phillippi Ryan demonstrates how to go through your manuscript and ask: Why is this necessary in my novel? What work does it do?

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Cover art for Jessica Strawser's "The Last Caretaker" featuringf white lettering across a densely layered bed of yellow flowers with brown centers.


Cover art for Paula Munier's HOME AT NIGHT: A MERCY CARR MYSTERY. Includes a large house in the distance, shrouded in fog with windows glowing, a dark tree silhouette in the foreground, and a malinoise dog and newfoundland retriever dog in the foreground.