My writing “power hours” are apparently 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. Thank God for coffee.
Book titles are hard. Originally this one was NO REST, which, although poetic and loaded with narrative meaning, didn’t quite convey the intensity/genre of the novel. My mom came up with the title NO REST, which made changing it extra hard!
Nail guns can penetrate soft targets, such as human flesh, at distances up to around 10 feet. Thanks, YouTube.
Shutting your fingers inside a door hurts. Not sure why I felt the need to test this at home, but the findings are hard to argue with.
According to Google, there’s a lot of crime at rest stops. After hours + high vehicle traffic + low police presence = a fun setting for a thriller.
NO EXIT has an alternative ending. Maybe I’ll do a blog piece on the ending I’d originally planned… this resolution was darker and twistier, but ultimately felt like too much additional “ending” bolted onto the story’s climax.
Hold onto your favorite ideas – you never know when they’ll come in handy. There’s a certain plot twist to NO EXIT that I’d been literally waiting to use for years. I’d always wanted a chance to fit it into a story, and I finally got to.
The very first word of a novel probably shouldn’t be “F***.” I have my editor to thank for that insight.
Suspense is about uncertainty. With this novel, I used many of the techniques that worked with Eyeshot, but hopefully with more finesse. The story is more complex, and develops through more reveals and reversals. The setups are better drawn, I think, and the payoffs are richer.
Heroes should make mistakes. Throughout the chaotic night, Darby screws up almost as much as she succeeds. But I hope the protagonist’s realistic stumbles – and the ways she digs in and overcomes them – make her eventual victories all the more badass.
Heroes are only as good as their challenges. Every win should be hard-fought. Every loss should hurt. And ultimately, as in real life, no one is immune to the cruel whims of bad luck.
On that note, heroes don’t always survive to the last page. I hope you enjoy…
NO EXIT releases on Kindle and paperback July 1. Thank you all for your readership and support!