April Blog tour: Eric J. Gates
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RELEASE DATE: 13th October 2020
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Karen Randau – Award Winning Author
Eric J. Gates – Award Winning Author
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So, just what in Hades IS a Thriller, anyway?
by Eric J. Gates
One of the most frustrating questions I am asked, from time to time, is “what kind of novels do you write?”
For a response, I normally stick to a nebulous “thrillers” and hope the interrogator will settle for that. Alas, often “what kind of thrillers?” is the next thing I hear.
You would think it was an easy question to answer. I am, after all, the person who has spent months and months writing the beasts; surely I must know where they slot in in the general gamut of the thriller genre? Yet I do find that a complex issue to resolve.
Thrillers, as a genre, is really a collective description for a style of novel rather than a specific type. I like James N. Frey’s description, in his excellent book ‘How to write a Damn Good Thriller’. There he states that “writing a thriller is like riding a bobsled down Mount Everest. You can let your imagination run. You can make up wild and crazy characters and stuff them into woodchoppers. You can blow up cities. Lop heads off. Sink ships. Go to Mars. In the world of thriller writing, anything goes—as long as you thrill your audience.”
That description says it all. There are references to sci-fi, horror, dystopian, disaster and terrorist themes in that description. So why bother about sub-divisions. Isn’t it just about thrilling your audience as he states?
He goes on to quote the ‘American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language’ which defines a thriller as fiction “that thrills, especially a sensational or suspenseful book, story, play, or movie.” He also makes references to pacing, to emotional rushes, to suspenseful sensations and to exhilaration-driven narrative. What he doesn’t say is that they are crime, mystery, sci-fi, romance, horror, chick-lit, psychological, paranormal, YA, or any of the other popular categories.
That’s an easy one to answer: because a thriller can be ANY of those.
Thrillers are more about the way a tale is written than the kind of tales themselves. So we could have a Horror thriller and a Technological thriller side by side and although their story lines would be radically distinct, their essence, thrilling their audience, is the same. Yes, I have just compared Robert Bloch’s ‘Psycho’ with Tom Clancy’s ‘The Hunt for Red October’. Why not? They are both outstanding thrillers.
So back to the question ‘what kind of thrillers do I write?’
If pushed I will mumble something like ‘contemporary thrillers with a touch of strange’. Sounds good, doesn’t it. It’s not original; it was how one reader described one of my novels a few years ago. I liked it, and have borrowed it ever since. Yes, it sounds good, but let’s take a closer look.
Contemporary (present-day, dealing with 21st Century issues) and paranormal (weird things that happen in our world). For me and my writing, that just about covers it. Looking at some of my books you can see where this definition fits. In ‘2012’ I dealt with the End of the World. My version of this, written in 2003, many years before a certain movie script hit the big screen, a script that has several, shall we say coincidences with my own book. In mine, the End Days were brought on by a fanatical Spanish businessman, with an imminent war between China and the United States over oil resources in Venezuela as a backdrop. Sounds prophetic, looking back at that last bit. ‘Full Disclosure’ is a covert Special Operations caper with drug trafficking overtones, set at a moment when the US President announces contact with extra-terrestrials. ‘the CULL’ is about the tracking down of a serial killer, set in a world where real vampires exist, products of genetic mutations; and ‘Leaving Shadows’ involves the kidnapping of a high-level spy and weather warfare. ‘Outsourced’ involves the use of a device that can change Destiny, currently passed on to a writer of thrillers by a professional assassin.
So yes, contemporary and paranormal… (or…?)
Although I usually end up giving that answer, I’m not happy with it.
Why? Simple really. As we all know, the whole writing business is going through a complete shake-up and reorientation at the moment. E-books don’t just mean a new support for you, the reader, but greater opportunities for the writer too. Now is the time to break moulds, to try out stuff, to do something new. In short, to push the limits of the pre-established labels Traditional Publishing imposed upon all writers.
When I power up my PC, for a brief instant a few words flash onto the screen before Win-doze chimes in. These words are my favourite Einstein quotation:
“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
He also said
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”
So when you see the word thriller ignore labels! If someone were to stamp a label on my books, I’d prefer it to be you, the reader. If I’m lucky, you’ll call my tales “the books I love to read” rather than…