Rick Mofina: When bad things happen to good people...
...you've got a great thriller, according to this internationally lauded crime writer.
"Always launch your story with a conflict confronting your protagonist. It should be a problem that mounts. For example, a lost wallet leads to identity theft, which leads to mistaken identity and something far worse. The conflict you give your hero could threaten their way of life, their community, or someone they love. Your protagonist’s struggle and how they deal with it should do more than define their character; it should test it to the point of redefining it so that by the end, they are changed by the experience. Conflict is the lifeblood of your story."
Rick Mofina is a former journalist whose crime thrillers have been published in 21 countries. The International Thriller Writers, The Private Eye Writers of America and The Crime Writers of Canada have listed his titles as being among the best in the genre. He lives in Ottawa.