Aika asked Dan Brown:

Hello! My name is Aika and I'm a fifteen year-old aspiring author. I'm a huge fan of your books especially the Langdon Series. It would mean a lot to me if my idol gave me some tips and guidelines on making a great page turner. Thank you :)

Dan Brown Hi Aika, best of luck with your writing. In response to your question, I believe that research is the most overlooked facet of writing a successful page turner. Solid research enables genuine description—that is, writing filled with specifics. Examples of “specifics" might include the exact flora or fauna of a given setting, the accurate jargon of a technician, or something as simple as the step-by-step method for cooking a regional recipe. The inclusion of specifics will increase your writing's credibility, depth, and appeal. What's more, the research process often unveils dramatic options that take your plot in directions that you (and your readers) did not expect.
Dan Brown

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