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BF: I recently read Creep and thought it was quite a pageturner. The suspense seemed to drip from every scene. What kind of tips can you give other writers about maintaining tension throughout a story?

JH: Thanks so much for reading! I think the key to a quickly paced, tense story is to not get bogged down with extraneous details. My prose is naturally sparse, and I think this bodes well for writing thrillers. A page-turner should always have the reader dying to know what's next, and if you get too self-indulgent with descriptions (like I do in my first drafts), you'll end up killing the tension.

BF: I also noticed how the novel was told from various points-of-view through third person. Many writers grapple with writing in third-person because they veer away from

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