Bestselling thriller writer Chris Ewan on how he wrote Safe House



I am pretty anal when it comes to writing so along with it depends what stage of the book I'm at but generally in the first draft of a book I get up in the morning I take my dog for a walk generally to generate ideas and then I'm at my desk by 9:00 in the morning and I write five pages every day double-spaced straits a computer and that kind of encourages me to write a bit more dialog that I might otherwise because then I get my five pages done quicker and this is the process I have so I write five pages a day until I complete a manuscript and that takes me about three to four months and then really I begin the second draft which is probably my favorite stage of writing and that's when I endlessly rework and revise the draft and really pull the book together which is the bulk of the work that I do and when I'm doing that I just work all day for as many hours as I can and generally I try and write every day just to keep the momentum going I find that's really important and if I sort of skip again skip a day I am I become a bit grumpy and I'm not a very pleasant person to be around so you know working every day is a key thing for me generally I've been quite fortunate when I'm working on a second draft that the fundamentals that the story don't really change the backbone of the story stays the same and generally the plotting at the book will follow the same rough path and the same kind of timetable but most of what I'm doing is hunting out those logic floors hunting out those areas where I can develop certain themes and certain character traits in particular really working on building characters to make them more human for the reader and the other big thing is just the flow and the rhythm of the book I really like style we're not reading a novel that's something that really appeals to me the writers are most admire write in a very stylistic way and in my own way I try and you follow that as much as I can and kind of hone the craft and I think it's famously said that writing is rewriting but it certainly is for me my big hero is Raymond Chandler which I made cry fans sometimes roll their eyes out because so many crime authors say this but he's really the guy that got me writing crime fiction he's the guy that fired me up about crime fiction and just his style is so fantastic that it really drew me in in terms of safehouse Harlan Coben was a very big influence this he writes these terrific stories particularly as standalone titles I love about the ordinary guy caught up in extraordinary circumstances and I think very cleverly balances humor with suspense and frills and so I was aiming to do something towards that end of the spectrum but there's a great number of writers I really admire who are writing these days at particular favorites Megan Abbott who writes more mark on the tales but but generally I read yet or what a white American fiction like I something I enjoy greatly so I'm always open to new books and new authors I loved writing a standalone title because there is this sensation in a series that your characters who can be repeat characters which diminishes the peril they're in to a certain extent and so writing safe house as a standalone title meant that everything was up for grabs anything might happen and that's very refreshing it leaves the book with many more possibilities for me as a writer however having said that there's one or two characters in the book that I enjoyed writing about so much that perhaps in the future I might revisit them there's the character of Rebecca Lewis private investigator who teams up with Robbins she's have particularly strong sort of the female character I think very oddly very gutsy very capable I think she would justify Merritt a story on her own perhaps but for the time being I'm writing another standalone and enjoying that flexibility at being able to do whatever I like it's a blank canvas

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