Back when PW asked if I could write it, my first response was to laugh. How to write suspense? I have no idea. Is that what I just did?
I mean, I didn’t set out to write a mystery. I mainly thought I was telling the story of people’s lives in a small town, though yes, of course I knew I had a plot with unanswered questions to resolve. When I see the word “thriller” attached to Sycamore, I’m like, wait, what? Not that I’m not happy. Honestly, the fact that I apparently managed to pull it off both delights and baffles me. Then again, the process of writing always baffles me a little.
Anyhow, hope my own wrangling with suspense is of some use to others.