Archive

LA Larkin on thrillers at Sydney Writer’s Festival 2011

In this interview at The Sydney Writer’s Festival 2011, Rose Powell asks L.A. Larkin about the thriller genre and the writing techniques she uses. L.A. Larkin talks about hooking the reader in the opening chapter, pace, characterisation, plot, climax, research and how to tackle thrillers with social, political or environmental themes. She also reveals how she got published and gives us a brief insight into her next story, Thirst, a climate change catastrophe thriller set in Antarctica, to be released 2012.

Category:

On Writing and Publishing

> Read More

Awesome turn out for ‘This Is Thriller’ panel discussion at Sydney Writers Festival today

May 19, 2011

Over one hundred people crammed into Studio 1 at the Sydney Writers’ Festival ‘This Is Thriller’ event today to hear myself, John M Green and Cathy Cole discuss how thriller authors tap into the hot issues of our time and how the stories reflect people’s fears and worries. We discussed techniques to engage and hold the reader, the importance of never preaching in fiction, how to be selective about the research used so that it drives the action of the story and used my hacker conference story to illustrate the point, which had the audience laughing. I even had time to talk about ‘Thirst’ and my trip to Antarctica. Seems this next book is already getting a lot of interest. The audience was superb and asked great questions. What a wonderful session, and thank you, Chip, for inviting me along.

> Read More

Awesome turn out to ‘This is Thriller’ panel discussion today at the Sydney Writers’ Festival

Over one hundred people crammed into Studio 1 at the Sydney Writers’ Festival ‘This Is Thriller’ event today to hear myself, John M Green and Cathy Cole discuss how thriller authors tap into the hot issues of our time and how the stories reflect people’s fears and worries. We discussed techniques to engage and hold the reader, the importance of never preaching in fiction, how to be selective about the research used so that it drives the action of the story and used my hacker conference story to illustrate the point, which had the audience laughing. I even had time to talk about ‘Thirst’ and my trip to Antarctica. Seems this next book is already getting a lot of interest. The audience was superb and asked great questions. What a wonderful session, and thank you, Chip, for inviting me along.

> Read More

sydney writers festival 2011

May 18, 2011

I would love to see you at the Sydney Writers’ Festival. Why not take the day off (I hear Thursday is the best day!! Not that I’m biased) and immerse yourself in writing and literature. My event is at 10 am, it’s free, and the theme is:

Today’s world with its environmental disasters and financial catastrophes lends itself to thriller treatment as John M. Green and L.A. Larkin demonstrate. Do these themes reflect the fears of our time and can fiction change the way people think? They talk to Catherine Cole about what keeps us in suspense. http://www.swf.org.au/component/option,com_events/Itemid,124/agid,2708/task,view_detail/

> Read More