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Building Suspense

Best-selling author D.M. Pulley shares tips and techniques to keep readers on the edge of their seats. Through multiple examples, Pulley will demonstrate three key components of suspense and how to build it from the ground up. Over the course of six sessions, participants will evaluate their works in progress and consider ways to increase tension, up the stakes, and keep an audience hooked.


D.M. Pulley lives in northeast Ohio with her husband, her two children, and a dog named Hobo. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a Professional Engineer rehabbing historic structures and conducting forensic investigations of building failures. Pulley's structural survey of a vacant building in Cleveland inspired her debut novel, The Dead Key, the winner of the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Since then, Pulley has sold over a half a million books worldwide, and her work has been translated into eight different languages.

Pulley's historical mysteries shine a light into the darker side of life in the Midwest during the twentieth century, when cities like Detroit and Cleveland struggled to survive. Her latest novel, No One’s Home (2019), unravels the disturbing history of an old mansion haunted by family secrets, financial ruin, and murder. The abandoned buildings, haunted houses, and buried past of the Rust Belt continue to inspire her work.

Details: Building Suspense takes place Thursdays October 7, 14, 21 & 28 and November 4 & 11 from 7:30-8:30pm remotely through Zoom.  

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