Author Archive: ITW

International Thriller Writers Inc represents professional authors from around the world. Learn more about them, their work, and the sources from which they draw their inspiration at the Official ITW Organization Website.

Interested in becoming a member of the International Thriller Writers? ITW offers Active and Associate memberships.

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SPECIAL TO THE BIG THRILL: The 1000 Thriller Giveaway

SPECIAL TO THE BIG THRILL: The 1000 Thriller Giveaway

The Biggest & Best Book Contest Ever By Jenny Milchman It won’t come as a surprise to readers of THE BIG THRILL that the International Thriller Writers is about to sponsor a contest the likes of which nobody has ever seen before. After all, this is an organization known for innovation; for vastly expanding the thriller world and building a unique community of readers, writers, authors, and fans. But giving away a thousand books? That seems like a tall order—a tall stack, that is—even for a group as envelope-pushing as this one. Yet that is what’s about to happen. For the past six months, titles by ITW members have been sent to an office in California that must by now resemble Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory…with more »

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Fear City by F. Paul Wilson

Fear City by F. Paul Wilson

THE BIG THRILL recently sat down with acclaimed writer F. Paul Wilson to talk about his latest novel, FEAR CITY, and to ask whether this is really the end of the iconic Repairman Jack. Is FEAR CITY really the last Repairman Jack? After twenty-two novels and a short story collection about the guy, I think it’s time to give him a rest and move on.  But I don’t like to say “never.” If a good idea that’s right for Jack pops up, I’ll write that sucker, but the days of a new Repairman Jack novel every fall, year in and year out, are done. Why do you think Jack has been so popular? I can only go by what readers tell me. Males like his blue-collar nature: more »

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Scandal in the Secret City by Diane Fanning

Scandal in the Secret City by Diane Fanning

Get Your Kicks with an Atomic Fix “I tried to concentrate on where I was going and the reason for the trip, but everything around me conspired to catapult me into the dramatic event that placed me on this particular train in this unique moment in time. The clack of the wheels, the hum of the rails, the ebb and flow of the sound of rushing air as the train passed trees, buildings and fields rang in my ears, growing louder and louder with every passing mile, until it transformed into the buzzing of planes, the roar of flames and the cacophony of exploding munitions. Breathing in the air, I inhaled the scent of worn leather upholstery, the musky odors of previous passengers, even a more »

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Liebe – Sünde – Tod (Love – Sin – Death) by Monika Mansour

Liebe – Sünde – Tod (Love – Sin – Death) by Monika Mansour

By Kathrin Lange In a special international interview, German thriller writer Kathrin Lange recently sat down with Switzerland’s breakout crime writer Monika Mansour, to talk about Mansour’s debut release, Liebe – Sünde – Tod (Love – Sin – Death). Liebe – Sünde – Tod has two completely different settings. On the one side, the world of nightclubs and prostitution, on the other, the hard life of truckers. How did you decide on this contrast of settings? It was clear from the beginning that my police team is from Lucerne, a very safe place, but I wanted a murder in a red light district. And therefore Zurich’s Langstrasse was an ideal setting. I grew up just outside Zurich and live now in Lucerne. So those two more »

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Ignota by Tom Calen

Ignota by Tom Calen

By Thomas Drago Cast against the background of a futuristic world order and a disintegrating Global Alliance, Tom Calen’s latest science fiction thriller The Ignota, which follows up Torranceas the second book in the enthralling Scars of Tomorrow series. The style and magnitude of the work capture a maturity rarely achieved by writers who cross genres. Tom’s brilliant, fast-paced narratives continue to blaze a path for those of us following in his footsteps. Recently, I had a chance to chat with Tom about his new novel, The Ignota,and learn more about past, current, and future projects. The more I think about The Ignota and the entire Scars of Tomorrow series, I can’t help but think about epic motion pictures. The Godfather and the warring Five Families. more »

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Forbidden Ground by Karen Harper

Forbidden Ground by Karen Harper

New York Times bestselling author Karen Harper alternates between writing contemporary suspense and historical novels. But in FORBIDDEN GROUND, book #2 in her new contemporary trilogy, she has managed to combine her love of the intriguing past with fast-paced, modern-day action. THE BIG THRILL caught up with her between publicity gigs—a speech at the Ohio Librarians Conference and the annual Buckeye Book Fair. Can you tell us about your new book? FORBIDDEN GROUND is the middle novel in THE COLD CREEK TRILOGY, set on the edge of Appalachia. Three sisters left their small town for “bigger lives,” but are drawn back—and each faces danger and death—and finds a local man to love. In FORBIDDEN GROUND, Kate Lockwood thinks she’s only in town for her sister’s more »

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The Carnage Account by Ben Lieberman

The Carnage Account by Ben Lieberman

By Melinda Leigh While Ben Lieberman’s novels explore many different worlds, his twenty-plus years with some of the world’s top financial firms lend his books an undeniable authenticity. The trading floor provided a ruthless, competitive, and urgent environment that Lieberman was able to transfer into exciting, darkly humorous, and award-winning crime thrillers. As a former banker, I have to ask this right out of the gate. Was your novel influenced by a real Wall Street practice where traders are betting on people dying? Yup, this goes in the stranger-than-fiction bucket. There is actually a way on Wall Street to bet against how long a person lives and to profit by guessing correctly. This practice is legal and is going on as we speak. But The more »

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A Message in the Roses by Sandy Semerad

A Message in the Roses by Sandy Semerad

By Christina Ironstone Sandy Samerad’s writing brings a wonderful mix of steamy romantic prose, excitement, and a strong journalistic craft. In her latest novel, A MESSAGE IN THE ROSES, she has Carrie Sue Justice fighting for justice and risking her (and her best friend’s) life in the process. Amid the tension, she is also embroiled in a love affair with a guilt-ridden man, her former boss, who’s none other than the owner of the town newspaper. Semerad’s own journalistic background—as reporter, writer, and editor—shines through in her latest page-turner, and the author graciously agreed to answer a few questions for THE BIG THRILL. Tell us about A MESSAGE IN THE ROSES. The story begins in present day, with Carrie Sue Justice finding her diary. She more »

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SPECIAL TO THE BIG THRILL: Movie and T.V. Action Scenes

SPECIAL TO THE BIG THRILL: Movie and T.V. Action Scenes

How Hollywood Gets It Wrong By Chris Grall In Elizabethan times, an ordinance was passed preventing men from wearing swords to the theater. Apparently, in an age where dueling was commonplace, the crowd could become overly enthusiastic and join the cast on stage during a fight scene. Because much of the audience knew how to fight, choreography was vitally important to the success of the production. If the fight scene was not convincing, the actors could be mocked or booed off the stage. Today, action scenes are ubiquitous in movies and television, yet relatively few people are versed in violence and/or the operation of modern weapons. This allows directors and producers a lot of latitude when it comes to action scenes. Mistakes and errors are more »

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International Thrills: An Interview with Simon Kernick

International Thrills: An Interview with Simon Kernick

International Thrills: An Interview with No. 1 Bestselling UK Thriller Author Simon Kernick In this latest installment of “International Thrills,” USA Today bestselling thriller author J. F. Penn interviews Simon Kernick for THE BIG THRILL. Read the transcript below or you can watch the video here on YouTube. —Managing Eds. With his fast paced novels topping the Sunday Times bestseller list, Simon Kernick is one of Britain’s most popular thriller authors. His latest book, ULTIMATUM, is just out in the U.S. It opens with an explosion in a central London café and a threat from a terrorist group that promises escalation of the violence. Can Detective Inspector Mike Bolt and Deputy Commissioner Tina Boyd stop the atrocity before it’s too late? So, Simon, tell us more »

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The November 2014 Edition of The Big Thrill is Here!

The November 2014 Edition of The Big Thrill is Here!

This month we go Between the Lines with #1 New York Times bestselling author, David Baldacci, who talks about his life, his career, and his highly anticipated thriller, THE ESCAPE.  Baldacci also weighs in on the ongoing Amazon/Hachette dispute, talks about his work on ITW’s bestselling anthology, FaceOff, and reveals a hidden talent… November also brings interviews from Robert Dugoni, on the heels of his #1 Amazon smash, MY SISTER’S GRAVE, as well as talks with bestsellers Lisa Scottoline, Hank Phillippi Ryan and F. Paul Wilson about their amazing new releases.  And let’s not forget the 35 new releases from more of the best thriller writers around. Our Specials to The Big Thrill this month include firearms expert Chris Grall’s entertaining piece, TV Action Scenes: more »

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The “Gold Special” Train Robbery: Deadly Crimes of the D’Autremont Brothers by R. Barri Flowers

The “Gold Special” Train Robbery: Deadly Crimes of the D’Autremont Brothers by R. Barri Flowers

From award winning criminologist R. Barri Flowers and the bestselling author of Murder of the Banker’s Daughter and Murder at the Pencil Factory comes a powerful new historical #audio true crime short, The “Gold Special” Train Robbery: Deadly Crimes of the D’Autremont Brothers. On Thursday night October 11, 1923, the Southern Pacific Railroad Express Train Number 13, called the “Gold Special,” was ambushed as it headed through the Siskiyou Mountains of Southern Oregon and into the Siskiyou Tunnel from Seattle en route to San Francisco. The bandits, in search of gold and cash, used dynamite and gunfire to murder four crew members before fleeing in an explosive crime of greed and violence reminiscent of Old West style train robberies. With law enforcement stymied in their more »

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The Undying by Ethan Reid

The Undying by Ethan Reid

THEY HAVE COME FROM THE STARS… In this riveting apocalyptic thriller for fans of The Passage and The Walking Dead, a mysterious event plunges Paris into darkness and a young American must lead her friends to safety—and escape the ravenous “undying” who now roam the crumbling city. Jeanie and Ben arrive in Paris just in time for a festive New Year’s Eve celebration with local friends. They eat and drink and carry on until suddenly, at midnight, all the lights go out. Everywhere they look, buildings and streets are dark, as though the legendary Parisian revelry has somehow short circuited the entire city. By the next morning, all hell has broken loose. Fireballs rain down from the sky, the temperatures are rising, and people run more »

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The Amityville Massacre: The DeFeo Family’s Nightmare by R. Barri Flowers

The Amityville Massacre: The DeFeo Family’s Nightmare by R. Barri Flowers

From award winning criminologist R. Barri Flowers and the bestselling author of Murder of the Banker’s Daughter and Murder at the Pencil Factory comes a riveting new #audio historical #true #crime short,: The Amityville Massacre: The DeFeo Family’s Nightmare. In the wee hours of the morning on November 13, 1974, shots rang out in the upscale home at 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, New York, a village within the town of Babylon. The house belonged to forty-three year old Ronald DeFeo, Sr. and his forty-two year old wife, Louise, who lived there with their five children, ranging in age for nine to twenty-three. The DeFeos and four of their children were shot to death, execution style, while in bed. The lone survivor of the family, more »

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Price of Justice by Alan Brenham

Price of Justice by Alan Brenham

His focus is on solving the murders—until the unthinkable happens… Recently widowed, Austin Police Detective Jason Scarsdale works to solve the murders of two pedophiles, while trying to be both mother and father to his five-year-old daughter. During his investigation, Scarsdale is forced to navigate between the crosshairs of two police commanders out to get him. Drawn to Austin Police Crime Analyst, Dani Mueller, who has also suffered tragedy, Scarsdale fights both his attraction and his suspicions that something just isn’t right… She is hiding a secret, one that could not only cost her a job—it could end her life… Dani hides a deadly past. After her daughter was brutally murdered, Dani exacted her revenge then changed her name and fled to Austin. But if more »

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With Intent To Deceive by David DeLee

With Intent To Deceive by David DeLee

How far would you go to protect a friend? For bounty hunter Grace deHaviland and sheriff’s deputy Suzie Jensen the answer may be: until someone ends up dead. Rhona Hasen says she didn’t kill her husband. The police say otherwise. Still, Sheriff’s Deputy Suzie Jensen wants to believe her. Yet her efforts to investigate the murder go awry when Ro skips bail and Grace deHaviland—Columbus, Ohio’s top bounty hunter and Suzie’s best friend—takes the case. Now pitted against her best friend in a race against time and with a deadly street gang out for blood, can Grace unravel the mystery of Rhona’s husband’s death in time to stop more murders—like Suzie Jensen’s and her own. PIN MONEY “This high-action trilogy features Grace deHaviland, a bounty more »

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The Best Corpse for the Job by Charlie Cochrane

The Best Corpse for the Job by Charlie Cochrane

Best Corpse for the Job by Charlie Cochrane is a contemporary cosy mystery with more than a dash of slash. In a typically English village setting, this story plays with the customary pieces – murder most horrid, the insider who helps the police, lashings of tea and cakes – in a modern way. Ideal for the reader who wants to see sympathetic gay characters in a genre that doesn’t always have them, and wants a bit of a twist to the traditional style of tale. Tea and sympathy have never been so deadly. Schoolteacher Adam Matthews just wants to help select a new headteacher and go home. The governors at Lindenshaw St Crispin’s have already failed miserably at finding the right candidate, so it’s make more »

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Brain Matters by J.R. Scott

Brain Matters by J.R. Scott

Reporter Alie McCull faces a political tempest of murder and deceit behind the backdrop of two corrupt government agencies. It is then that Alie discovers the Brain Matters. One high-profile assassination. Two government agencies competing to bridle society with blackmail, mind-control and social engineering. And one vengeful reporter who will move heaven and earth to protect her stepson accused of a savage murder. Alie McCull is followed by a trail of dead bodies as she unravels the truth of a conspiracy decades old. Using her reporter’s intuition is the only way she can solve the mystery and prove that, in the ugly face of corruption, the Brain Matters. BRAIN MATTERS is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Turquoise Morning Press.  ***** J.R. Scott grew more »

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Wraith by James R. Hannibal

Wraith by James R. Hannibal

Originally James R. Hannibal’s stand-alone debut, Wraith has been completely rewritten as a prequel to the Nick Baron covert ops series from Berkley Books, releasing on 4 November 2014. After the towers fall on 9/11, Lieutenant Nick Baron and the rest of the 81st Fighter Squadron are desperate for action. But CENTCOM puts them on the sidelines, leaving the young Warthog pilots restless—and reckless. Then the unthinkable happens. During a high-risk training flight, Nick’s rookie wingman slams into the ground. In the darkness that follows, Nick wonders if he will ever learn to trust a wingman again—or even learn to trust himself. He will soon find out. Despite the black mark on his record, Nick’s application to the elite Stealth Wing is approved. A recruiter more »

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Gilt Trip by Arlene Kay

Gilt Trip by Arlene Kay

Gilt Trip, #3 – A Boston UnCommons Mystery Eja Kane is a woman on a mission. The best-selling mystery author seeks the perfect wedding gift for her mega-rich fiancé. When she wanders into Shaolin City, a renown Back Bay dojo, it is kismet. Joined by ally and partner-in-crime, Anika Swann, she embarks on an ambitious self-improvement campaign. Progress is brisk until Eja and Anika stumble over a corpse. Phaedra Jones had a chequered past that included commodities fraud and hanky-panky with every man in sight including Deming Swann’s clients. The dojo seethes with intrigue and buried secrets. Sexy sifu Justin Ming, Master Avery Moore, and one of Boston’s premier families join a long list of suspects with a grudge against the victim. Deming aids Eja more »

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Shade Tolerance by L.E. Gent

Shade Tolerance by L.E. Gent

When someone has your face, your name, and is reliving your life down to the smallest detail, including sleeping with your husband, is there still a way for you find your happily ever after? Season One – Episode 3 Michele must enter a fully staffed police station under false pretenses and steal evidence. At the same time, she is developing a strong attraction toward Austin. SHADE INFINITY unfolds over six books of approximately 150 pages each (20,000 words) with the first five books ending in epic cliffhangers. SHADE TOLERANCE is available from Amazon.  ***** Steve DeWinter is one of the best adventure authors in the world and he works tirelessly to keep up with the growing demand of readers wanting more across multiple genres. Be more »

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One Shade Darker by L.E. Gent

One Shade Darker by L.E. Gent

When someone has your face, your name, and is reliving your life down to the smallest detail, including sleeping with your husband, is there still a way for you find your happily ever after? Season One – Episode 2 After being arrested, Michele gains an unlikely ally in her quest to find out what is happening to her. At the same time, her husband’s betrayal puts her life in jeopardy. SHADE INFINITY unfolds over six books of approximately 150 pages each (20,000 words) with the first five books ending in epic cliffhangers. ONE SHADE DARKER is available from Amazon.  ***** Steve DeWinter is one of the best adventure authors in the world and he works tirelessly to keep up with the growing demand of readers more »

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One Shade of Black by L.E. Gent

One Shade of Black by L.E. Gent

When someone has your face, your name, and is reliving your life down to the smallest detail, including sleeping with your husband, is there still a way for you to find your happily ever after? Season One – Episode 1 On the way to her weekly counseling session, Michele Black is shocked when she witnesses a woman, who looks exactly like her, jump from a bridge into the icy river below. Michele soon discovers that the woman was using her name, and her face, to steal her husband away from her, so she devises a plan to find out what’s going on; and save her marriage. SHADE INFINITY unfolds over six books of approximately 150 pages each (20,000 words) with the first five books ending more »

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The Kingdom – A Val Bosanquet Mystery (5) by A. J. Davidson

The Kingdom – A Val Bosanquet Mystery (5) by A. J. Davidson

The fifth title in the popular Val Bosanquet series. Val is asked to review a State Police investigation into the homicides of two deputies in the neighboring parish. Meanwhile, his friend Dave involves himself in the discovery of a mass grave dating from the War Between the States. Faced with opposition, resentment and a further murder, Val soon realizes that he has walked into a complex trap that could have life-changing consequences for the East Feliciana deputy sheriff. THE KINGDOM is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iTunes.  ***** AJ Davidson is a traditionally published author and playwright, who, in Spring 2010, made the switch to Indie. He is keen to explore the potential of a rapidly changing publishing world, and is enjoying the more »

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