Heather Sunseri on writing thriller novels, listening to true crime podcasts, studying serial killers.

Happy Friday, y’all! (And I hope all my American friends had a festive 4th of July!)

Remember when sparklers and a popsicle were all you needed on a hot 4th of July?

I’ve been on one big struggle bus the last couple of weeks. I cannot for the life of me get a handle on the subject matter for the next In Darkness book. But I think I made a huge breakthrough in the research this week and made some big decisions about the story, then the 4th of July happened, and I lost all momentum. That’s how it goes.

Anyway, during all this I realized I miss blogging. And Facebook has been doing some strange things, like not allowing photographs to be seen for a day, and threatening to change how groups (like Sunserious Readers) see posts, so I decided there’s no time like the present to return to blogging. Of course I’m still sharing and chatting it up in Sunserious Readers and sharing posts and news on my author Facebook page, but I’m also going to post here on the blog, which will also go out to blog subscribers. (You are subscribed, right?)

And on Fridays, I thought I would start posting “5 Things Worth Sharing This Week,” which will almost always include something from my writing research and other interesting things that I stumbled across while procrastinating.

1 — “10 Thoughts On Netflix’s When They See Us” was a big hit with my friends on Facebook this week. I participated in a couple of discussions on Facebook right about the same time that Facebook stopped loading photographs and went all wonky. If you’ve watched this 4-part Netflix series, take a look at my thoughts and let me know in the comments what thoughts you had.

2 — After hearing Katherine Ramsland speak about serial killers at Writers’ Police Academy a few times, I started following her articles on Psychology Today. I find her writing fascinating and always thought-provoking when I’m trying to come up with new story ideas. In an article “What Makes Female Psychopaths Different?”, Dr. Ramsland argues that female psychopaths “may be better equipped to elude detection.” She also brings up Villanelle, the beautiful assassin in the popular television series Killing Eve. Have you watched this show? It stars Sandra Oh as a British intelligence officer. Mike and are a few episodes in, and it’s very good.

3 — For your listening pleasure: I started listening to Season 2 of the podcast, In the Dark from APM Reports. I learned about it in one of the discussions mentioned in #1. It’s about Curtis Flowers, a man who has been tried and convicted SIX TIMES for the same crime, and has won appeal after appeal. I’m only one episode in, but I can already tell, it’s going to make me so angry. So you’ll be hearing more about this one. You should start listening, too, so we can discuss it here.

4 — I’ve been writing long enough that I have my own routine and rules when it comes to writing, but I never tire of reading the rules of authors further along than I. This week’s writing inspiration comes from JK Rowling’s 8 Rules of Writing. Who doesn’t want to gain a little knowledge from one of the great masters? Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules of Writing is mentioned at the top of JK Rowling’s. So, I of course clicked over and read his, too.

5 — If you’re curious what topic I’m considering for the next In Darkness book, you should watch this Ted Talk.

Hope you’re having a wonderful summer. If you haven’t started the International Thief series or the In Darkness series, there’s an offer in the blog’s sidebar that you might find interesting. Just sayin’!

Until later,

Heather

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