PODCAST: How to grip your readers – with Julia Crouch
Crime and noir writer Julia Crouch explains how to grip readers

In this episode: How to grip your readers, with crime and noir writer Julia Crouch.

Julia is a crime and noir novelist so she really knows how to grip readers, and this episode has dozens of great tips for writers of all genres. She explains how characters and their development can grip readers; she explains how we can build narrative tension; and how conflict is a key driver of a reader’s attention. We also discuss the role of dead bodies, how to create and use twists as well as lots of great technical tips on how to sow seeds of intrigue.

Julia Crouch – the queen of domestic noir – has written seven novels, including Cuckoo, The Long Fall, her new novel The Daughters, and Tarnished. Her 7th novel The Daughters came out in early 2022.

Julia is also the tutor for our Introduction to Crime Writing course, which starts on Monday 12 February. So, if you want to develop your crime novel, why not explore the course?

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