Why Do I Write Psychological Thrillers? A Guest Post by Sarah Simpson, Author of Who I Am


I love a psychological thriller and would like to thank Victoria Joss at Aria for inviting me to participate in the blog tour for Who I Am by Sarah Simpson. I’m excited to have a guest post from Sarah today as part of the launch celebrations for Who I Am as Sarah has kindly agreed to tell us why she writes psychological thrillers in a fascinating post.

Who I Am was published yesterday, 6th November 2018, by Aria and is available for purchase from KoboiBooks, Amazon and Google Play.

Who I Am


I know everything about you.

And you know everything about me… except Who I Am.

Andi met Camilla at university. Instantly best friends, they shared everything together. Until their long-planned graduation celebration ends in tragedy…

Years later, Andi is living a seemingly perfect life on the rugged Cornish Coast with her loving husband, happy children and dream home. Yet Andi is haunted by a secret she thought only she knew. Someone out there is bringing Andi’s deepest fears to life. And she knows there’s no escaping the past that has come back to haunt her…

You trusted me with your secrets, you told me everything, you thought I was your best friend… but you have no idea Who I Am.

Gripping, unputdownable and packed with twists and turns from the first page to the very last, this stunning psychological thriller will make you question whether we can ever really trust the ones we love.

Why Do I write Psychological Thrillers?

A Guest Post by Sarah Simpson

Someone asked me this the other day. Why did I choose this particular genre? The honest answer is because I’m almost sure I couldn’t write in any other genre and at the risk of sounding incredibly cheesy, I do believe – this genre picked me. I enjoy reading within other genres but from a small child, I always read mystery, fantasy or psychologically deep books. I feel that my mind naturally thinks and ticks in this way, in that it naturally errs on the dark, evocative, twisted side. For the record – that’s not to say and in fact, I’m definitely not in any way – a twisted person, converted to the dark side of life. Actually, to the contrary I am someone who enjoys the quiet, simple life.

I guess, if I think about where my ideas come from it’s mostly, people watching, personal and professional experiences, being a deep thinker and a daydreamer, often lost in my imagination. I watch people and wonder what is happening behind the surface, what if things aren’t quite what they seem? What conflicts could be happening behind the scenes? And then what about the ever rippling consequences? I notice the shadows in the lanes as I walk, the creaks on the landing when I sleep, and naturally I always think about the what if’s, what if things were not as they seemed, what if something was to go horribly wrong.

I have always had a deep fascination in the mind and how it ticks and of course, how it can become so iniquitous and what happens then. I love to explore what ensues when people’s emotions are tested, strained, torn, when life throws its stuff at them. With the belief it’s not always the events in life to determine our emotional state but more how we learn or even choose to react and deal with them. We always think we understand how we would respond to these experiences but context and perspective are everything, so really we never can predict. And it’s this ambiguity I love to write about. I appreciate that emotions are a key element for all genres, but I do love to reason what happens when emotions stop working for us and indeed we become our own worst enemy.

What the reader takes from any story is largely determined by their own life experiences and state of mind, of course, but I hope to also leave them with a certain emotional feeling. When writing Who I Am, as with Her Greatest Mistake, I wanted to encourage a provocative feeling from each page, each chapter. For me, life is unfortunately not always as plain sailing as we would desire, there are always times of darkness, sadness and hopefully many more times of happiness but even so… So writing psychological thrillers simply pushes this idea and these emotional states to the limit and maybe even sometimes that little bit further beyond.

(What a brilliant insight into why this genre chose you Sarah. Thanks so much for explaining a bit more about why you write psychological thrillers.)

About Sarah Simpson


Sarah Simpson has a first-class honours degree in Psychology and has experienced working at a Brain Rehabilitation Hospital. She has spent time as a family consultant for Warwickshire and Oxfordshire solicitors and gained knowledge of the Family Court System. She now lives in Cornwall with her husband, three children and animals.

You can follow Sarah on Twitter @sarahrsimpson and find her on Facebook. There’s more with these other bloggers too:

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