Ben Rosenthal, Senior Editor, at Katherine Tegen Books gave some fantastic tips about how to write Mysteries and Thrillers, and I want to share them with you because it shouldn't be a thrilling mystery to learn helpful tips to make your writing stronger. Here goes: 1. Killer First Lines and First Pages HOOK them from the first line. Reader will have no other option but to keep reading. CREATE intrigue factors: What happens next? ENGAGE the readers: Keep them reading DISTINCT VOICE 2. Heroes and Villains (Ha! HaHa…!!! Sinister laughter necessary) PROTAGONISTS: CREATE hero by creating tiers of empathy. Your job is to convince reader to KEEP READING!! DEVELOP a hero with admirable and attractive qualities AND flaws too in order to ground them in reality. ANTAGONISTS: CREATE an equal match to your Protagonist. *Nothing creates more tension than the reader feeling the villain might win.