Chris Carter

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Chris Carter is a top bestselling author in the UK, whose books include An Evil Mind, One By One, The Death Sculptor, The Night Stalker, The Executioner, and The Crucifix Killer. He worked as a criminal psychologist for several years before moving to Los Angeles, where he swapped the suits and briefcases for ripped jeans, bandanas, and an electric guitar. He is now a full-time writer living in London.

Books by this Author

An Evil Mind
The Executioner
The Crucifix Killer

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. It can still be better

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Probably "dude" and "you've gotta be kidding me."

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Joe Bloggs

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Too many to mention.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. The captain of the Titanic.

"Turn, turn, turn."

Author Voices

July 14, 2010

Ask any author and they’ll tell you that protagonists are the heart and soul of every novel. Even more so if they’re writing a series. Your protagonist is, without a doubt, the reason your readers will keep coming back for more.
They say that if you can get readers to identify, or even fall in love with your main character, then you’ll have a fan for life – or at least until the end of the series. The publishing world is overflowing with such examples – Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, Jack Reacher, Kay Scarpetta and many more. The question is: How do you do that? How do you write a character that readers... see more

March 04, 2010

Readers frequently fall in love with a character and want to know more about him or her, and I can say that’s the same for authors.

Not long ago an interviewer asked me – “I know Robert Hunter is a criminal behavior psychologist turned detective for the Robbery Homicide Division of the LAPD, but who really is Robert Hunter?”

One of the real pleasures of writing a series is the ability to see the characters grow and change over a period of time, to get to know them in a multitude of situations. That’s exactly what’s happening to me concerning Robert Hunter. Though at the time of writing this piece... see more

February 15, 2010

Since the publication of my debut novel – The Crucifix Killer – I’ve been asked many times about the process of writing a thriller.  ‘How did you go about it?  How long did it take you?  What tips do you have for new writers?  Are there any rules you think one should follow?’  I’ll try my best to answer these questions here without boring everyone to death.

The truth is that I never planned to write a book.  I wasn’t planning on a career in writing and I wasn’t thinking of stories I wanted to write down.  One day, out of the blue, I thought of a plot for a crazy... see more

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