Finding the thrills: Zhou Haohui's journey of suspense
The time we met Yangzhou-born mystery writer Zhou Haohui at his hometown, it was the best time of the year for the city, which was surrounded by misty spring blossoms.
Zhou has a gentle air about him – the first thing people would notice.
But in a while, the other side of him, a man of rationality and straight manner, would unfold.
Rather than calling himself a best-selling author, Zhou seems more willing to embrace some other facets of his identity – a father of a daughter, a startup entrepreneur, or an average Yangzhou local.
Zhou is more than rigorous when it comes to the scientific theories his works refer to.
He spent nearly two months studying the theory of hypnosis, before writing a crime fiction featuring an evil hypnotist.
On the other hand, Zhou doesn't give too much weight to negative feedback concerning his writing, as some readers complained that certain phrasing feels off, although the stories hold up well.
In his view, words are just words till you give them some attachment.
And for him, it's about telling a good story.
Zhou hopes that his suspense thrillers, most of which are detective stories, can evoke people's attention to criminal motives and the intersection of human nature.
As an engineering student, Zhou has a sharp mind.
And he believes that studying a scientific subject doesn't mean that his writing skills are lacking.
"Writing ability is not a skill that must be acquired through training, it may be more determined by the talent of the writer," Zhou said.
A good writer should be perceptive, curious and have the desire to express, he added.