Print Friendly, PDF & Email significantly expanded version of Jodie Renner’s popular thinner e-book, the first edition of Writing a Killer Thriller, is four times as long as the original e-booklet, with many added chapters and two appendices. It’s been endorsed by bestselling authors DP Lyle, Robert Dugoni, Joe Moore, Shane Gericke, LJ Sellers, and Andrew E. Kaufman. To date, it has 32 glowing 5-star reviews on Amazon.

Whether you’re planning your first thriller or revising your fourth, you’ll discover lots of concrete ideas here for taking your writing up a level or two, captivating readers, and gaining fans. Both published and aspiring authors of suspense novels or any fast-paced, popular fiction will find these tips indispensable for plotting a riveting story and creating compelling characters, then writing a gripping opening and designing suspenseful scenes. And the reader-friendly format makes it easy to zoom in on specific advice, with examples, for all of the above, plus picking up the pace, ramping up the tension and intrigue, revising for power, and creating a page-turner that sells.

WRITING A KILLER THRILLER is available from Amazon.


“Finally, someone who understands the thriller! More than ever an author must also be his own best editor and Jodie Renner is there to help. Writing a Killer Thriller should be on every thriller writer’s desk. It breaks down the thriller into its must-have component parts to write a scintillating, edge of the seat novel that will get readers buzzing and sales flowing.”
~ Robert Dugoni, New York Times bestselling author of The Jury Master and Murder One

“Writing a Killer Thriller by Jodie Renner is an in-depth journey through each component of the thriller. Renner breaks down the process into key elements, each essential to keeping the reader turning those pages. From character development to building suspense, Writing a Killer Thriller should be on the desk of every thriller author out there. A staple for the beginner, a refresher for the pro.”
~ Joe Moore, #1 Amazon and international bestselling co-author of The Blade and The Phoenix Apostles

“Writing is hard, editing harder, and self-editing almost impossible. Writing a Killer Thriller demystifies each of these steps on the road to a published manuscript. Read this book. It will help you now and for many years to come.”
~ DP Lyle, Macavity Award winning and Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, Benjamin Franklin, Scribe, and USA Best Books nominated author of the Dub Walker thriller series

“A killer of a thriller guide! Jodie Renner lays out, in clear, easy steps and lists, how the best writers craft their works of art – and shows how you can do it, too. A terrific how-to in avoiding the pitfalls and burnishing the gotta-haves of writing a bestselling thriller novel, by an editor who knows her way around action, drama and creating characters so fresh and real you’ll swear they were your friends.”
~ Shane Gericke, national bestselling and No. 1 Kindle bestselling author of Torn Apart

“Jodie Renner is a terrific fiction editor who is constantly updating her craft. She’s edited several novels for me, and I highly recommend her services and books. Even if you don’t write thrillers, her advice is applicable to writing a compelling story in almost any genre.”
~ L.J. Sellers, bestselling author of provocative mysteries and thrillers


Jodie Renner is a sought-after freelance fiction editor who specializes in thrillers, romantic suspense, mysteries, and other crime fiction, as well as mainstream, young adult, and historical fiction.

Jodie taught English (and French) for many years, and has a master’s degree in literature, as well as a lifelong passion for reading well-written, compelling fiction.

Some of Jodie’s favorite authors include Robert Crais, Sandra Brown, Lee Child, Lisa Gardner, Dean Koontz, Nora Roberts, Michael Connelly, Lisa Scottoline, John Grisham, Allison Brennan, Harlan Coben, Karin Slaughter, and Janet Evanovich.

Jodie’s craft-of-fiction articles appear regularly or from time to time on the following blogs: Crime Fiction Collective, The Writer’s Forensics Blog, Jodie Renner Editing, The Kill Zone, Blood-Red Pencil, The Thrill Begins, and Mystery Writing is Murder, as well as others.

When she’s not reading novels or editing books, Jodie loves to pursue her two other main passions, traveling and photography. In fact, Jodie loves traveling so much she’s thinking of changing her tagline from “Let’s work together to enhance and empower your writing,” to “Have laptop, will travel.”