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‘I’m now working on my seventh book, but still feel like a newbie.’ Bestseller Terry Lyn

Every Thursday a best-selling writer of crime/psychological thriller shares their secrets and top tips. This week it’s Terry Lynn Thomas.

‘Editing not only makes my book better, but it pushes me to grow as a writer. I’m now working on my seventh book, but still feel like a newbie. So much to learn… ‘

Tell us about yourself…

Terry Lynn writes the Cat Carlisle Mysteries, set in Britain during World War II. The first book in this series, The Silent Woman, came out in April 2018 and has since become a USA TODAY bestseller. The Family Secret released to critical acclaim in March 2019, and House of Lies, the third book in the series releases March 4, 2020. When she’s not writing, you can find Terry Lynn walking in the woods with her dogs or visiting historical cemeteries in search of story ideas.

Where do you most like to do your writing?

Believe it or not, I prefer to write in bed with computer on my lap and my dog laying by my side.

How do you go about plotting your book?  

I plot like a madwoman! It really helps me to get my story mapped out before I start writing, so I give myself two weeks to come up with a detailed plot. Comprehensive character sketches along with photos of where scenes in the story actually take place also go into my pre-planning arsenal. This method provides me an opportunity to really problem solve plot issues before I start writing. It’s like I do all the logical left-brain stuff first. Then when I sit down to write, I run the film in my head – for lack of a better way to describe – and write down what my characters see and feel.  


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