Meredith Wild took the romance world and bestseller lists by surprise in 2013 with Hardwired, the first in what would become her five-book Hackers series. Starting as an independent author, Wild quickly scored a lucrative book deal with New York publisher Hachette. She also began her own publishing imprint, Waterhouse Press, through which she now acquires and distributes a number of other successful authors.
But writing remains a core passion. With her next book, The Red Ledger: 1 (May 21), Wild leaps from romance to suspense.
Here she talks about what motivated that change, and which books inspired her new storytelling focus.
I love my romance dark and my heroes tortured, but the premise behind The Red Ledger inspired me to push the envelope just a little more. Regardless of what I’d written before, this particular story demanded a different style and pace—one that would challenge me and keep my characters perpetually on their toes. In The Red Ledger 1, a life or death situation sets the tone for Tristan and Isabel’s journey into a world of thrilling danger. Friends are few and enemies are never far behind. Survival becomes a way of life, death a teachable moment. With thirteen romances under my belt, stepping into suspense gave me permission to create a world that was more intense than anything I’d written before—more dangerous, more disturbing, and rich with opportunities for my characters to be challenged and grow.
Here are a few thriller/suspense reads that have inspired me along the way.
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