Author Archives: Bill Powers

What is the Difference Between a Thriller Novel and a Mystery Novel?

Tucked in a darkened corner of the library, you scan the shelves for a good read. Late at night, your …  

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The Key Elements of a Suspense Story

Suspense is a popular genre of fiction writing for good reason. First, suspense is not just a genre, it is …  

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The Key Elements of a Psychological Thriller Novel

To create a truly thrilling psychological thriller takes a deft and creative mind. It is crucial for the reader to …  

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How to Write a Suspenseful Thriller Novel

In case you didn’t know, November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). With authors all over the country participating, it …  

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Allied-Occupied Germany: How Four Zones Became Two

Few things can unite people like a common enemy. It seems that when the chips are down, nations will work …  

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Lessons from Steve Berry Pt. II

Continuing from the last blog, these are more key takeaways from suspense/thriller author Steve Berry’s History Matters seminar for fiction …  

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Lessons from Steve Berry Pt. I

A few years ago I experienced a special treat as a writer and a lover of history. Suspense/Thriller author, Steve …  

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Book Review – China Rx

China Rx: Exposing the Risks of America’s Dependence on China for Medicine by Rosemary Gibson and Janardan Prasad Singh; 2018, …  

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U.S. Color-Coded War Plans

What do most militaries do best and most often? If you guessed fight wars, you would be mistaken. The one …  

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Ancient Words and Symbols

In an upcoming Harding Family Story (The Lost Codicil) ancient words and symbols are a small, but important part of …  

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The History of Petroleum in the United States

Petroleum, also known as crude oil, and natural gas are carbon-based fuels trapped under the earth’s surface. Plant and animal …