Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Jamie Freveletti and Avery Aames at The Poisoned Pen
Avery started the program out with laughter. When the microphones weren't working properly, she said, "I was a cheerleader. I can do this without a mike." The authors were asked to talk about the difference between a thriller and a mystery. Avery said she is a thriller writer, who hasn't published a thriller yet. But, the pacing is different. The choice of verbs is different. Thrillers have shorter sentences, and they're abrupt because they want people to move forward quickly in the book. However, a mystery goes into detail. It's more nuanced. In her book, The Long Quiche Goodbye, she wants people to taste the cheese and wine. The book is set in a small town in Ohio, with an easier lifestyle, and slower pace. In a thriller, the killer may be after the main character. In Aames' book, the main character is after a killer. The pace is slower, and the author may give clues, woven into the story of cheese. The pace only picks up toward the end of the book.
Jamie said she doesn't write from an outline. She just goes. If she's having fun, then she thinks the reader will have fun. She's trying to give the feeling of a woman on the run. There's no time to develop the character or plot in depth, as there is with a slower paced book. Freveletti's character is a long distance marathon runner, and the plot and pace just keep going. Avery said she tries to make readers turn the page at the end of a chapter. There's an uptake at the end of chapters because she's essentially a thriller writer.