This issue dives deep into the origin stories of novels written by some of the most talented writers in the business. Tess Gerritsen tells us how a walk through the Venetian Ghetto inspired her to write an original and powerful thriller about love—and music. David Baldacci reveals how a journey to the American South leads to a plunge into the personal. Top-of-their game authors Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, Lisa Scottoline, and Allison Brennan share valuable insights to what influences and motivates them.
In the new column “Guided Tour,” Mark Alpert takes us inside the ground-breaking IBM Research Center, and in “Turning Point,” John Raab talks to “Dexter’s” Jeff Lindsay about why he’s returning to a character he created in the 1990s. This month’s “African Scene” interviews Michael Stanley on crime fiction in Botswana, and “International Thrills” brings you Anya Lipska, writing about the Polish underground of London.
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- Between the Lines with Tess Gerritsen on Playing With Fire, interview by Dawn Ius
- International Thrills: An interview with Anya Lipska, by J. F. Penn
- Turning Point: An interview with Jeff Lindsay, by John Raab
- Africa Scene: An interview with Michael Stanley, by Joanne Hichens
- Novelist Guided Tour: Mark Alpert on the IBM Lab
- The Guilty by David Baldacci
- Hidden by Karen E. Olson
- If Anything Should Happen by Bonnie Hearn Hill
- The Pyramid Deception by Austin S. Camacho
- Corrupted by Lisa Scottoline
- The Hanged Man’s Noose by Judy Penz Sheluk
- Something So Divine by J. R. Lindermuth
- Crimson Shore by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
- Spyfall by John Hegenberger
- A Question of Inheritance by Elizabeth Edmondson
- No Good Deed by Allison Brennan
- The Cain Prophecy: Lilitu Trilogy Book 3 by Toby Tate
- The Oracle by D. J. Niko
- The Lost Codex by Alan Jacobson
- The Savants by Patrick Kendrick
- The Miser’s Dream by John Gaspard
- The Secret Life of Anna Blanc by Jennifer Kincheloe
- The Kill Box: A Jamie Sinclair Novel by Nichole Christoff
- Forbidden by Cathy Clamp
- The Wiccan Witch of the Midwest by Scott A. Lerner
- Shivaree by J. D. Horn
- True Deception by Veronica Forand
- Sweet Madness by Trisha Leaver & Lindsay Currie
- Swimming Alone by Nina Mansfield
- Deadly Lullaby by Robert McClure
- Trust Me by Earl Javorsky
- Made for Murder by Paul McGoran
- Dead of Summer by Sherry Knowlton
- The Granite Moth by Erica Wright
- Woman With A Blue Pencil by Gordon McAlpine
- The British Lion by Tony Schumacher
- Need by Joelle Charbonneau
Coming Next Month
The latest thrillers from Steven James, Austin Camacho, Peter James, Joyce Tremel, Paige Tyler, Michael Stanley, Rick Ollerman, Bernard Maestas, Susan Sleeman, Steve P. Vincent, Matt Hilton, Donna Warner and Gloria Ferris, Alan L. Moss, Sherry Fowler Chancellor, Sandra Block, Ann Farnsworth, Brendan Rielly, C. Joseph Greaves and many more!
New E-Releases from ITW Members
- Face Of Our Father by G. Egore Pitir
- So About the Money by Cathy Perkins
- Succession of Power by Tom Berreman
- Familiar Spirits by Donald J. Bingle (Editor)
- Lessons for Sleeping Dogs by Charlie Cochrane
- Greylock by Paula Cappa
- Knight’s Fall by Angela Henry
- Gone Missing by R. Lanier Clemons
- Mrs. John Doe by Tom Savage
- The Torment of Rachel Ames: A Novella by Jeff Gunhus
- Cold In The Shadows by Toni Anderson
- Jet: Cold Shadow by Alex Shaw
- Three Lives Down (A Dan Taylor thriller) by Rachel Amphlett
- 13 Days: The Pythagoras Conspiracy (Lynn Dayton Thriller #1) by L. A. Starks
- Siblings by K. J. Janssen
- End in the Beginning (The God Tools Book 3) by Gary Williams and Vicky Knerly
- Deathsman by Phil Bowie
- The Wicked Trade by Jan Needle
- Running Out of Time by Paul Dale Anderson
- Romancing The Military Man: Ten Hot Military Heroes by Denise A. Agnew
- The Thousand Dollar Hunt by J.T. Brannan
- Winds: A Novel by Paul Dale Anderson
- Beat, Slay, Love: One Chef’s Hunger for Delicious Revenge by Thalia Filbert
- Burners by Bob Mayer
- The Innocent Dead by Keith Dixon
New Audio Books from ITW Members
- Lowlifes by Simon Wood
- Rampage by Alan Brenham
- Cold Fear by Toni Anderson
- One to Go by Mike Pace
- Jump Cut by Rory Tate
- Where the Memories Lie by Sibel Hodge
ThrillerFest XI: Advance Registration is Now Open!
Your ThrillerFest team is already hard at work planning for next July’s conference where we’ll feature 2016 ThrillerMaster Heather Graham and bestselling authors C.J. Box, Gillian Flynn and Walter Mosley. The 2016 Silver Bullet will be announced shortly. Like a compelling page-turner, we need to keep you in suspense, so stay tuned for more details!
Master CraftFest: Don’t miss this opportunity to study with the Masters of the genre in a one-day intensive workshop to take your writing to the next level. Everyone is welcome, from beginning writers to well-established authors. The instructors this year will be Steve Berry, Grant Blackwood, David Corbett, Meg Gardiner, Heather Graham, Andrew Gross, Richard Krevolin (Screen Writing) and Gayle Lynds.
CraftFest: Director D.P. Lyle, M.D. is already recruiting talented teachers to broaden your knowledge about the craft of writing as well as experts in fields like forensics and firearms so you can get the facts right in your novel.
PitchFest: PitchFest is dedicated to pitching your project face-to-face to agents, editors, and producers. It’s an unprecedented opportunity for writers looking to get or change agents. Check out some success stories!
ThrillerFest: We’re planning some phenomenal panels, always trying to innovate and entertain. Join us for the spotlight interviews, cocktail parties, workshops, and fabulous networking opportunities. Please check the volunteer box during registration, as it’s a great way to make new friends and help out ITW.
ITW’s Third Annual Online ThrillerSchool!
Starts March 14th, 2016!
Seven Weeks! Seven Bestselling Authors!
Join Lee Child, Meg Gardiner, David Corbett, James Scott Bell, Peter James, Hank Phillippi Ryan and F. Paul Wilson.
In this seven-week program, which begins March 14nd, 2016, the craft of thriller writing will be front and center. Each instructor will teach an aspect of craft though a podcast, written materials that include further reading and study suggestions, and an entire week of online Q&A with the registered students. The goal is simple: To make each student a better writer.
Like the past two years, the online school will fill up very quickly, so register soon. Visit ITW’s Online Thriller School for more information.
The Thriller Roundtable
Whether you’re a fan or an author, you’ll want to join the Thriller Roundtable discussions at The Big Thrill website, where each week a new group of authors discuss everything from what they love about writing thrillers, to what they’ve learned, and more.
Check out what’s in store for November. You won’t want to miss it!
November 2 – 8: “What does it take for a book to be a thriller? Stories, global threats, slightly over the top characters, or all of the above?”
November 9 -15: “Making it real, how to accurately write dialogue, settings or historical events.”
November 16 – 22: “Oh, the Holidays…can we integrate them to the plots in a seamless way?”
November 23 – 29: NO ROUNDTABLE – THANKSGIVING
Authors, don’t miss this promotional opportunity! Participate in the Thriller Roundtable by contacting J.H. Bográn.
The Neverending Book Giveaway
If you’re a thriller fan who likes to win free books, be sure to check out the Neverending Book Giveaway on The Big Thrill website. Sign up for as many of the contests as you like! Just post a reply, and you’re entered!
Don’t forget to scroll down the list of contests or CLICK HERE for more contests and giveaways so you don’t miss any. (Tip: to shorten the display, click “Toggle Comment Threads.”) And because this book giveaway is “neverending,” be sure to check back often to enter the latest drawings!
Congratulations to Suzanne Paul, the winner of this month’s BIG THRILL giveaway. Suzanne will receive an assortment of signed thrillers including Occupied Earth, edited by Richard J. Brewer and Gary Phillips, The Secret Life of Anna Blanc by Jennifer Kincheloe, Ghost to the Rescue by Carolyn Hart, The Survivor: A Mitch Rapp Novel by Kyle Mills (Vince Flynn), You are Dead by Peter James and The Girl Without a Name by Sandra Block.
All subscribers to THE BIG THRILL online magazine are automatically eligible for the monthly drawing.
CLICK HERE to subscribe to the BIG THRILL email.
Interested in becoming a member of the International Thriller Writers? ITW offers Active and Associate memberships.
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