Research is the name of the game...
Tonight, a few of my writing buddies decided to take a road trip with me to the Northern District Library in Toronto to visit with the Sisters In Crime: Toronto Chapter and listen to my Thrillerfest writing buddy talk about kidnapping and ransom. K.J. Howe has recently released her debut novel called The Freedom Broker, which explores the dark world of elite kidnap negotiation and recovery. What a fascinating topic for me.
I love reading everything... books, magazines, blog posts and even manuals. I think if you want to improve your writing skills, you MUST be a verocious reader.