As a follow up to the previous post you might be asking, “What is the cost to research for a thriller?” Well, in simplistic terms – taking away the cost of being off work during research, etc. – would be about $US25 per page. I won’t break that amount down just yet, but it gives you some idea of the price to be paid to produce a novel. And, of course, there is no guarantee that it will sell enough to recoup the investment. For me, the goal was to tell a compelling and believable story, based largely on true facts and in exotic locations. After so much research, writing and editing, that effort was well worth every penny spent! And, from the reader feedback, they seem to think so too.
What is the kick-starter to a new novel? For me, it was the clear head and fresh inspiration I soaked up when traveling to new places. 3 WISE MEN lay dormant for too long, until the spark to get writing began after a few days in southern France. I am not sure exactly what it was, but I needed to be in the surroundings that formed the basis for this thriller – to soak up the details required to be authentic in the novel’s details. Some might argue that the details don’t matter – after all, it is a novel, right? Not for me though. I simply wanted to be able to put my readers into real situations and genuine locations, even down to the colors and scents that I embraced during this writing adventure. I am now in the process of working on thriller #2 but will again need to see and feel the atmosphere and specific features of new locations. Well, I must get some fares booked soon before it is too late to get started!