February 26, 20131:38 pm
You are a husband and wife writing team. How do you go about plotting and writing the novel together? Do you ever argue over the plot?
We’ve tried to write together several times over the years, but each time the cooperation has almost immediately turned into huge arguments and minor catastrophes. As a result of this we came up with the idea of creating a brand new writer.
Since we started to write as Lars Kepler we haven’t had a single fight – it has actually given us a wonderful, creative rush. Many authors who work together write alternate chapters or divide the characters in the story between them. We don’t do that, we write everything together, like two people playing the piano with four hands. If we were to flick through The Hypnotist or our sequel The Nightmare we wouldn’t be able to find one single sentence that only one of us wrote. It’s all the work of Lars.
We always start with discussion. What is bothering us, what makes our hearts beat faster? Is our idea good enough? Our friends and families probably get sick of us sometimes. We’re talking about the plot, about ideas and characters, we talk all the time, when we cook, when we are shopping for dinner and when we pick up the kids from school. If we have a good idea in the middle of the night, we wake each other up.
October 25, 201211:00 am
So, as there will be many of you out there jetting off for some Autumn sun, or maybe you’re going off for a nice traveling session (I’ve recently spoken to many a soon-to-be intrepid explorer – seems the travel bugs come around again), or even if, like me, you’re going to power through the winter months with layers of clothes and mugs of hot chocolate, then fear not I’ve got a plan that means we can all journey round the world together.
Follow this link to our world map of travel Killer Reads. Read the extracts and journey to cities you know and love, or get lost in towns you’ve never even heard of. If you are off on your travels this autumn to any of these locations (or any other destinations from your favorite thrillers) then please feel free to send us images from locations mentioned in those thriller books and films to firstname.lastname@example.org or tag Killer Reads in the photo on facebook so the team can journey all over the world this Autumn as well…
October 5, 201210:13 am
As we are leading up to Halloween I decided it was the prime opportunity to ask the Killer Reads team what books they have each recently read that gave them nightmares. Being a group that love thrillers, crime and anything that means you spend the next week leaving the lights on just so you can sleep, they all proceeded to pull at least one book out of their bag that had given them the heebie jeebies.
So we thought we would share them with you so that you, like us, can start preparing your scare-o-meters for the ever looming fright night…
Blacklands by Belinda Bauer
Chosen by Emad Akhtar
Blacklands is a story that unsettled me for a long time – it’s an unusually absorbing and affecting story. This is partly because Blacklands, as Belinda Bauer says in her afterword, ‘was never intended to be a crime novel’. It began as a way of exploring ‘the impact of crimes such as Avery’s, how they affect people for years, lifetimes – maybe even generations’.
June 9, 201110:11 am
It’s the thriller of the moment, but what do the authors (yes, authors – there’s two of them) have to say for themselves? We decided that it was time for us to find out…
May 20, 20116:39 am
The Hypnotist is getting fantastic reviews at the moment, and it’s not hard to see why. The Daily Mail said it was ‘ferocious, visceral storytelling that wraps you in a cloak of darkness which almost blots out the light, but still feeds the imagination. It’s stunning.’ The book has hit the Sunday Times bestseller charts this week and to give you taste of this phenomenon taking Europe by storm here’s a Q & A with the authors.
May 16, 201110:45 am
HarperCollins imprint Blue Door is very proud to be publishing international bestseller, The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler. A thriller that has had the likes of Simon Beckett and Mo Hayder sleeping with the light on, it is already being hailed a classic. Having already taken Europe by storm, the wait is finally over so here’s the trailer to whet your appetite: