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Thursday, August 23, 2018

What Makes My Heart Beat Faster by Rachel Lynch - Guest Post & Giveaway

About Rachel Lynch

Rachel Lynch grew up in Cumbria and the lakes and fells are never far away from her. London pulled her away to teach History and marry an Army Officer, whom she followed around the globe for thirteen years.

A change of career after children led to personal training and sports therapy, but writing was always the overwhelming force driving the future. The human capacity for compassion as well as its descent into the brutal and murky world of crime are fundamental to her work.


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What makes my heart beat faster
Guest post by Rachel Lynch

If you were to ask a child what made them excited, they’d probably say something like, “ice cream!” or “my party!” or “the slide at the park!” As adults, we tend to forget what it’s like to speed down a long slide or order a real ice cream as a treat, but we’re still looking for the rush. The activity might have changed; we could climb a mountain, buy a new car, get a promotion, or travel the world; but we’re still after the same buzz, and the memory of how something makes us feel makes us want it over and over again.

It’s this anticipation of potentially acquiring the rush that makes the heart beat faster. Often the reward itself leads to a come down and perhaps wasn’t what we expected, but the pursuit of it will be forever unblemished and we never stop looking for it. It’s a kind of addiction because we crave what makes us feel better, but I argue that the craving itself is more satisfying than the attainment of what we desire. The tension, the adrenaline, the suspense, the expectation, the hankering, the need, and the lust are really what feed our pleasure pathways.

That’s why we never stop looking for it.

If crime readers only ever read one book, we writers would be out of business. We all want more, and keeping somebody turning pages is the encapsulation of prolonging the pleasure. I always try to keep the reader guessing until as late as possible, otherwise the reward comes too quickly and the come down soon follows. There’s nothing more disappointing than peaking too early, right?

The pace has to be incessant. If my heart beats faster when I’m writing a chapter then I know I’ve done the job. It could be Kelly entering a room, the reader knowing that a violent thug is already in there waiting. It could be a dive team searching a deep lake in Cumbria, in the murky depths, looking for a dead body, it could be Johnny searching for a lost child on a foggy mountainside, or it could be the last thoughts of a victim who knows they’re going to die.

Creating the electric charge, necessary to keep the pages turning, is my mission. I only have this goal because that’s what I expect when I read a thriller myself. If I don’t want to keep turning the pages, late into the night, way past when I should have been in bed, then there’s not a lot of point in carrying on, and I’m afraid the book gets put away.

I think the suspenseful highlights of the Kelly Porter books are definitely linked to what makes my own adrenaline levels surge. Atmosphere is terribly important and that’s why I love The Lake District as a setting for my crime novels; it’s naturally rugged, unpredictable, sinister and mysterious. My heart beats faster when I’m choosing the next location, which lake or mountainside, and it beats faster when a character walks into danger unwittingly.

My favourite all time thrillers are those that still conjure up how I felt when I read them. Twisting, turning red herrings, nasty suspects, brutal thugs, dark alleyways and innocent victims all tick the boxes, but most important of all is the uncertainty, no matter how tiny, that the hero/heroine might not get lucky this time…

Books by Rachel Lynch

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  1. Great guest post. I love The Lake District too.

  2. I love the covers! Awesome guest post! Thank you for sharing it.

  3. Thanks for this interesting post, i loved it xx

  4. Nice post! I also believe that the scenery is terribly important in thriller books.

  5. The guest post alone is beautifully written. Seems i would enjoy reading the series (have downloaded the sample). Thank you for the giveaway.

  6. The Lake District is a perfect setting for crime novels!