Crime fiction in the form of page-turning thrillers has emerged as one of the most popular genres among readers. Unsurprisingly, thrillers often feature on the bestsellers list of bookstores. It’s also the reason why this genre continues to fascinate writers across generations and around the world.

Thriller novels primarily focus on creating suspense and fear. Aspiring writers of crime thrillers must strike a balance between crafting an engaging plot, developing their characters, and building a vivid world that immerses the readers in the story. While writing a thriller is exciting, it takes a lot of work. Writers must deeply understand the subject matter they are writing about. If they have yet to experience it, they must acquire the necessary knowledge from other sources.

One of the most crucial information crime fictionists must consider is how they integrate government agencies into their work, so how did legendary writers do it? Do they have to work in such agencies, perhaps in one of the (FBI) Federal Bureau of Investigation’s offices? This blog will discuss what budding writers need to know before writing about the FBI in their fiction.  

What the FBI Investigates

As a thriller fiction author, you should better understand the FBI and its operations. The FBI has a crucial mission of safeguarding the American people and enforcing the US Constitution. As the primary government agency for combating terrorism, the FBI operates at the federal level, conducting investigations under various programs, including those related to domestic and international terrorism, as well as foreign counterintelligence. The agency’s programs are designed to ensure the safety and protection of all US citizens.

The FBI has been a well-known part of American culture since its inception. While detective novels and other police-related entertainment had already captured the public’s imagination, the FBI can also be credited for its media prominence.

Working with the FBI

Any author can consult with the FBI Office of Public Affairs regarding closed cases or their operations, services, or history if you’re wondering. The FBI is not obligated to collaborate and does not review or approve/disapprove fictional works. In some cases, the Office of Public Affairs may assist in ensuring accuracy. Some storytellers accurately present the FBI’s responsibilities, investigations, and procedures in their storylines, while others may introduce fictional events, persons, or places for dramatic effect or present their interpretations.

If you need assistance from the bureau concerning your work, lucky you; the FBI can assist you with your needs. Those who seek authenticity work with the FBI can connect with them through the National Press Operations Unit’s Long-Form Team in their Office of Public Affairs, which is open for interviews or guidance on content regarding FBI investigations, procedures, structure, and history. You may also ask them for details about scenery and weapons, should your work require it. 

Gather as much information as possible and talk to as many FBI agents as possible, especially when you need to learn about the in-depth details of their work. It is much better to spend more time working on your writing rather than be sorry or regret bringing the wrong information into your work.

An Excellent Novel

Apart from making sure that the crucial information in your work is authentic, another way of improving your work is by reading excellent books on the same genre, such as Bruce N. Ball’s Quinn’s Dilemma: Trapped Between The Justice Dept., The Mob and a Notorious Union Brings Intrigue, Violence and Murder. The novel has a captivating plot and many unexpected twists and turns. The characters in the book are portrayed brilliantly, adding excitement to the story. The book’s unique premise is well-written with a believable character voice, making it an enthralling read. 

Quinn’s Dilemma is perfect for those who love suspenseful books and those who aim to write a brilliant work of fiction. Bruce N. Ball’s riveting book is available on the ReadersMagnet BookstoreAmazon, and Barnes & Noble. Learn more about Bruce N. Ball and his works by visiting

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