The well-known agent, Donald Maass says, "Tension on every page!" What are the best techniques for creating the kind of page-turning suspense that translates into commercial success? Must characters be in continual conflict? How can information be revealed in ways that keep the reader from being confused without "info-dumping" blocks of boring exposition? How much mystery is needed?

Anthony Bidulka

Rhiannon Held 

Susan MacGregor

Barb Geiger

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Bullies, jerks, criminals, villains, monsters, and dark gods. How do different genres portray the villain? What statements do they attempt to make about the human condition? And does the bad guy always have to be a guy?

Susan Calder

Betty Cross

Dave Gross

Steven Owad

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Direct download: 006_Always_the_Bad_Guy.mp3
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