Thrills in the First Person: How Writing in the First Person Present Can Peak the Drama
New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Vincent Zandri talks about ditching the idea of playing God in your stories and focusing on getting inside the mind of the narrator. There’s a reason first-person video games are so popular. What better way to experience the high drama and tension of a thriller novel than to live in the experience in real-time under conditions of real and present danger?
Winner of the 2015 ITW Award for Best Paperback Original (Moonlight Weeps), Vincent Zandri is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than 16 novels, including The Innocent, Godchild, The Remains, Moonlight Rises, and Everything Burns. He is also the author of numerous Amazon best-selling digital shorts, Pathological, True Stories, and Moonlight Mafia among them. Harlan Coben has described The Innocent (formerly As Catch Can) as “… gritty, fast-paced, lyrical, and haunting,” while the New York Post called it “Sensational … Masterful … Brilliant!” Zandri’s list of domestic publishers include Delacorte, Dell, Down & Out Books, Thomas & Mercer, and Polis Books, while his foreign publisher is Meme Publishers of Milan and Paris. Zandri has an MFA in Writing from Vermont College.