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This week welcomes a guest post from author Nancy Widrew, about how she develops characters for her thrillers.

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Interview with Nancy Widrew

  1. What is your process for developing characters for a thriller?

First I work out the plot, then characters. Since I’ve mostly written short stories, with only a few characters in each, that process has been relatively easy. A novel, however, is much more difficult. In Something Down There, I worked out the general story line in my head and then switched to paper for outlining the details in each section. That way, by the time I got to the characters, I had a good feel for their personalities, especially their flaws, and by the time I finished the book, I also thought of it as a character study.

  1. Can you give any insight to any specifics about how you developed characters for Something Down There, and how did it influence your plot?

I got the idea during an actual spelunking experience. Even though I wasn’t alone in the cave, I felt a profound isolation from being underground in such a dark, unfamiliar place. At one point I panicked when I asked myself what would happen if I couldn’t get back up. Years later that question still lingered and led to my writing the book. It seemed natural to have the main character young and female, as I had been on that long-ago day, and of course it didn’t hurt to throw in a good looking husband along with a dangerous antagonist.

  1. What do you enjoy most about writing books like this?

I forget everything that is going on in the world: my personal life, the whole planet, the universe, everything.

  1. What do you hope your readers take away from reading your books?

Even though Something Down There is in the horror/thriller realm, it’s still escapism so I hope they have fun reading it and maybe get a chill down their spine to boot.

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Nancy Widrew
Something Down There
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publisher: Azure Spider Publications
Publication Date: November 15, 2017)
Not all caves are uninhabited
Horror erupts when newlyweds, Karen and Jeremy, cross paths with members of a diabolical cult inside a West Virginia cave. Living below the earth’s surface has triggered mutations, rendering the cult members nearly infertile. Their leader, a wild-eyed, cunning brute, refuses to let the couple leave, believing they and their potential offspring hold the key to surviving underground. Are Karen and Jeremy doomed to spend their lives inside this sunless, subterranean wasteland, or do they escape before their minds shatter and their bodies betray them?
– [Name], Goodreads Reviewer

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About Nancy Widrew

Nancy Widrew

Nancy Widrew was born and raised in NYC before settling in New England with her husband. She has two grown children and two four-legged furry ones, always a source of amusement. She has had short stories published in webzines and a print anthology. This is her first novel.
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One Reply to “MYSTERY OF CHARACTER FEATURING SHANNON MUIR – Interview With Nancy Widrew”

  1. Hi Shannon, I don’t know what is the proper protocol since it’s my first book, but I do want to thank you for hosting it. It’s much appreciated. Sincerely, Nancy Widrew

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