(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) A bestselling author of thriller novels, Kim Howe, shared a few tips of writing that led to her remarkable success in the literary world at the Sharjah international Book Fair (SIBF) being held at Expo center.
"I spend extensive time researching the dark world of kidnapping before writing my book. I interviewed former hostages, negotiators, hostage reintegration experts, special forces operatives, and K & R executives," said Kim Howe,
The SIBF ventured into the dark spaces of 'Suspense and Mystery,' in a panel discussion with Kim Howe and Dr Ahmed Hussein Asiri, a renowned author, at a session moderated by Lamya Tawfik.
"In my novel The Freedom Broker, my main character is Thea Paris, who is a strong, talented woman with humanising vulnerability, including type 1 diabetes. I hoped the character might resonate, and perhaps encourage anyone with an illness that they can still reach for their dreams," said Kim Howe.
She added that in writing suspense thrillers, writers should be able to build a world that transports readers between space and time. She gains inspiration from real life hostages like Peter Moore, who was held as a hostage for over 946 days in Iraq.
"He was tied up to a radiator and saw only the crack of a wall for days. Anyone would lose their mind, but he built train tracks in cracks. He could sketch them out easily upon return to his home country as his imagination was in full swing. He spent countless hours interviewing and talking to his pillow. Such stories inspire me to write and create real characters," added Kim Howe.
She also explored how cliffhangers are important and that it can be built up with short chapters, so the reader will be persuaded to continue reading into the depths of the night. She also addressed combat scenes that requires necessary expertise.
The second part of the session involved Dr Hussein who explored various motives in this genre.