Andrew Pyper

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Andrew Pyper is the author of ten novels, including the forthcoming THE RESIDENCE (September 2020). Among his previous books, THE DEMONOLOGIST won the International Thriller Writers award for Best Hardcover Novel and was selected for the Globe and Mail’s Best 100 Books of 2013 and Amazon’s 20 Best Books of 2013. LOST GIRLS won the Arthur Ellis Award and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Three of Pyper’s novels, including THE RESIDENCE, are in active development for television or feature film. He lives in Toronto. Visit andrewpyper.com.

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Andrew Pyper Well, Charlie, that is not a bad idea! Nick and I are touring a lot together these days, and as writers of scary stories, we cannot help but do some s…moreWell, Charlie, that is not a bad idea! Nick and I are touring a lot together these days, and as writers of scary stories, we cannot help but do some story spitballing now and then. We have even talked about writing a screenplay together based on an idea we cooked up in a pub the other night! So you never know...(less)
Andrew Pyper Read a lot, of course. Read everything, and without a plan in your head. Read what makes you feel like you wished you had written it.

Other than this, …more
Read a lot, of course. Read everything, and without a plan in your head. Read what makes you feel like you wished you had written it.

Other than this, if I had to boil my kernels of advice down to the most important piece, it would be to think about your story in advance before beginning it. Challenge the idea, pitch it to friends, find ways to make it pop, inject it with steroids of excitement. This will not only make your story better, but will make you more excited to write it. Make sure that it is the story you HAVE to tell. It has to have that urgency, that sense of necessity. If that is not happening, think of another story.

Finally, do not submit anything before it is the absolute best you can make it. Revise and revise again. Ask for honest opinions from those who read it. Do not let the urge to send something in trump the job of doing your best. Because despite what anyone says, you only get one first read. Oh, and...good luck!(less)
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The Only Child

It's been a while!

Hello again, good people of Goodreads. I'm here to apologize for my absence (I've been busy, I promise!) but also to let you know that a new novel, one I'm very proud of and have wrestled fiercely with and has now agreed to squeeze itself between the covers of a book, is on its way.

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“Sometimes people close a door because they’re trying to figure out a way to get you to knock.”
Andrew Pyper, The Demonologist

“Your melancholy. Or depression. Along with nine-tenths of the afflictions I’ve studied, diagnosed, attempted to treat. Call them whatever you like, but they’re just different names for loneliness. That’s what lets the darkness in. That’s what you have to fight.”
Andrew Pyper, The Demonologist

“Sometimes, monsters are real,” Tess said, rolling over, leaving me alone with the ladybug staring up at me. “Even if they don’t look like monsters.”
Andrew Pyper, The Demonologist

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Thomas Bruso Andrew, I love your books! THE KILLING CIRCLE is mind blowing. I couldn't put it down. I too enjoyed THE GUARDIANS. I ordered THE DEMONOLOGIST and am looking forward to another great read. Keep writing!


Catherine Thanks for the friend request. It's funny, because not long ago I was reading about your experience at Berton House in the Writer's Trust of Canada newsletter thingy...

all the best,
Catherine


Andrew
Hi Catherine!

Readers unite,
Andrew



Catherine Hi Andrew! Nice to meet you. :-)


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