Book: Serial Vengeance by Melissa Wren Williamscategories: Book, Suspense, Serial Killer, Mystery, Washington D.C., Washington Post, Reporter, Murder, Psychological Thriller
Melissa Wren Williamsabout this book: My new book called "Serial Vengeance" is a psychological thriller that begs the question: how far would you go to find out the truth and seek justice? Would you be willing to risk your career, spouse, sanity and life?
It's a quick read about a serial killer who is hunting high-profile victims in Washington, D.C., and a famous reporter who is willing to put her life in jeopardy to break the story of her career...and to find out how her stalker and her missing best friend are connected to these murders.
• "Awesome book! The suspense starts right off in the first few pages and goes all the way through." — Dawn Hames
• "This book was a fantastic read! I couldn't put it down once I started." — Shea Beatty
Something I'll never forget receiving was a special tour of the Washington Post. A very generous crime reporter for the paper, Carol Leonnig, spent an afternoon giving me the grand tour of the fifth floor where the reporters and editors work. She gave me insights I wouldn't have known about for my protagonist's career as a reporter that made the details in my book more authentic. It also appealed to me because of my degree in journalism.
During the two years I spent re-writing, I also did a lot of research on serial killers and took online classes for forensics, mystery writing, and developing characters, plot and dialogue. I lived in several areas in the heart of D.C., so a lot of the places mentioned were some of my favorite spots to hang out.
I worked two blocks from the White House, and there was always something exciting going on, whether my walk got interrupted to watch the motorcade drive by or the Pope or other VIP came to town. I was fortunate to get a tour of the West Wing and sit in the pressroom during a press conference. I also got to walk through the White House one Christmas, took a beautiful tour of the gardens at Easter, and had the privilege to hear the Pope and President Bush speak while I stood on the White House lawn.
From writing this book I learned to not be in such a hurry to get published. If I had, I would have overlooked the gift and valuable experience of revising, even though it took about two years. I enrolled in online writing classes while I was in the process of writing to work on my craft.
I worked with two different mentors/editors to get feedback and polish my book before I approached an agent. It was tempting and completely novice to hope that my "first draft" was a work of art and genius and ready to go. Thankfully I wasn't so hasty that I asked quite a few unbiased people to review one of the later drafts for edits and feedback. I went through probably a hundred drafts working and chiseling down as many words as possible to make it tight and worked on fast pacing and cliffhangers so that it would hopefully be a page-turner.
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