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.

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Special to the Big Thrill: ThrillerFest X by Kimberley Howe

Special to the Big Thrill: ThrillerFest X by Kimberley Howe

By Kimberley Howe The mood at the Hyatt was exhilarating and energizing this year—what better testament to ten years of dynamic success at Thrillerfest? We’ve grown from a small event in Arizona to a widely respected international conference for writers, industry professionals, and enthusiasts of the thriller genre. As co-founder Gayle Lynds shares: “ITW was based on a dream.  Author organizations come and go, and there were no guarantees ITW would not only survive but thrive.  What a thrill (truly) to see so many happy people hurrying down the halls of ThrillerFest and sitting in audiences and talking animatedly on panels.  I particularly loved Daniel Palmer’s song at the banquet, which seemed to encapsulate the extraordinary experience of young ITW and ten ThrillerFests, from that first more »

By August 31, 2015 Read More →
International Thrills: An Interview with Simon Toyne

International Thrills: An Interview with Simon Toyne

   From French Citadels to the Arizona Desert By J. F. Penn Simon Toyne is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling Sanctus trilogy, a genre-stretching, end-of-days epic involving ancient history, modern technology, religious conspiracy, and rollercoaster-quick storytelling. Often described as the British Dan Brown, Toyne has written books that to date have been translated into 28 languages and published in 50 countries. USA Today bestselling thriller author J. F.Penn interviewed Simon for The Big Thrill. You can watch the video discussion here or read the transcript below. First of all, just give us an overview of THE SEARCHER so that people have a sense of what it’s about. Solomon Creed is a man on an epic journey of redemption. He arrives at the beginning more »

By August 31, 2015 Read More →
Africa Scene: An interview with Roger Smith on Cape Town corruption

Africa Scene: An interview with Roger Smith on Cape Town corruption

By Joanne Hichens Roger Smith’s thrillers are published in eight languages and two are in development as movies in the U.S. His books have won the German Crime Fiction Award and been nominated for Spinetingler magazine’s Best Novel awards. As compelling as ever, SACRIFICES is knotted like a noose that starts to tighten from the very first page. Wealth insulates Michael Lane and his family from South Africa’s violent crime epidemic until his disturbed teenage son, Christopher, commits a crime that throws the delicate balance into a spin-cycle of revenge and retribution that threatens to destroy Michael Lane and everything he loves. I’m curious to know why SACRIFICES has only been published in South Africa two years after it was first released. SACRIFICES was released digitally more »

By August 31, 2015 Read More →
Industry Spotlight: Susan Spann on the Five Things This Publishing Lawyer Wishes Authors Knew

Industry Spotlight: Susan Spann on the Five Things This Publishing Lawyer Wishes Authors Knew

When faced with a new book contract, it seems like many authors fall into one of two camps: Either avoidance (“I’m sure it’s fine”) or suspicion (“I’ve got to stop them from cheating me!”). According to lawyer Susan Spann, herself a thriller author, there’s another way. “Whether or not an author works with an agent, understanding industry standards and ‘normal’ contract terms is critical to the author’s ability to act as his or her own best advocate,” says Spann. Here are the five essential things to be aware of: Ensure your royalties are truly “Gross” (and what that means). In general terms, “gross” means the entirety of a thing, while “net” means what’s left over after certain deductions are made from the gross amount. In more »

By August 31, 2015 Read More →
Murder Under the Oaks: Bouchercon Anthology 2015

Murder Under the Oaks: Bouchercon Anthology 2015

Behind the Scenes of Editing a Crime-Fiction Collection By Art Taylor For the second year in a row, Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention, has partnered with Down & Out Books to debut an anthology of short fiction at the convention—taking place this year in Raleigh, North Carolina, from October 8th to 11th. Sales of MURDER UNDER THE OAKS benefit Wake County Public Libraries in the convention’s host city, and as a native North Carolinian myself, I was thrilled to be invited to serve as editor for the collection. MURDER UNDER THE OAKS will include plenty of high-tension, high-stakes drama: a personal protection specialist battling a virtual reality program that’s turning against its owner; a Kansas City schoolteacher traveling in Mexico with a makeshift garrote and more »

By August 31, 2015 Read More →
Primal Force by D. D. Ayres

Primal Force by D. D. Ayres

By Jessica Driscoll Passion and suspense are front and center in D.D. Ayres’ fourth installment of the K-9 Rescue Series, PRIMAL FORCE. Dog trainer Jori Garrison has little interest in romance and spends all of her time training her Warrior Wolf Pack, special dogs taught to work with disabled veterans. Wounded veteran Lauray Batisse is resistant to a new service dog, having lost his beloved K-9 in Afghanistan. But sparks fly when Jori and Lauray cross paths, pushing these two together on an adventure that heats up when enemies start hunting them down. Extraordinary canines, fierce attraction, and danger are the elements at play in PRIMAL FORCE, and Ayers was kind enough to take a break from the action to answer a few questions for more »

By August 31, 2015 Read More →
No Hard Feelings by Mark Coggins

No Hard Feelings by Mark Coggins

By Seth Harwood Mark Coggins’ work has been nominated for the Shamus and the Barry crime fiction awards, and selected for best of the year lists compiled by the San Francisco Chronicle, the Detroit Free Press and Amazon.com, among others. His novels Runoff and The Big Wake-Up won the Next Generation Indie Book Award and the Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) respectively, both in the crime fiction category. In NO HARD FEELINGS, Coggins pairs his aging series protagonist August Riordan with a determined, aggressive young woman named Winnie who literally feels no pain. Told in alternating points of view, the book describes a cut and thrust battle to the death between these uneasy partners and a shadowy villain known only as “The Winemaker.” What was more »

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Contract to Kill by Andrew Peterson

Contract to Kill by Andrew Peterson

When Toby Haynes witnesses a double murder—and suspects his boss, Tanner Mason, as the perpetrator of the crime—he does the only thing he can think of: he calls in Nathan McBride. CIA special ops veteran McBride and his partner, Harvey Fontana, respond to their friend’s plea. As they launch a covert investigation into Mason, the security chief for one of the nation’s leading private military contractors, they discover that not everything is as it appears. Mason and his inner circle are leading a top-secret operation to tackle a wave of crime plaguing the US-Mexican border, and the murder may have been part of their complicated strategy—or part of a more menacing agenda. Soon McBride and Fontana find themselves engaged in a deadly game. With a more »

By August 31, 2015 Read More →
Killer Run by Lynn Cahoon

Killer Run by Lynn Cahoon

Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books, and More—has somehow been talked into sponsoring a 5k race along the beautiful California coast. The race is a fundraiser for the local preservation society—but not everyone is feeling so charitable… The day of the race, everyone hits the ground running…until a local business owner stumbles over a very stationary body. The deceased is the vicious wife of the husband-and-wife team hired to promote the event—and the husband turns to Jill for help in clearing his name. But did he do it? Jill will have to be very careful, because this killer is ready to put her out of the running…forever! “Murder, dirty politics, pirate lore, and a hot police detective: Guidebook to Murder has it all! A cozy lover’s more »

By August 31, 2015 Read More →
The Girl in the Maze by R. K. Jackson

The Girl in the Maze by R. K. Jackson

R. K. Jackson’s lyrical, twisty psychological thriller debut follows an aspiring journalist as she uncovers dark truths in a seaswept Southern town—aided by a mysterious outcast and pursued by a ruthless killer. When Martha Covington moves to Amberleen, Georgia, after her release from a psychiatric ward, she thinks her breakdown is behind her. Taking a summer internship with the local historical society, Martha is tasked with gathering the stories of the Geechee residents of nearby Shell Heap Island, the descendants of slaves who have lived by their own traditions for the last three hundred years. As Martha delves into her work, the voices she thought she left behind start whispering again, and she begins to doubt her recovery. When a grisly murder occurs, Martha finds more »

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Broken Chain by Lisa von Biela

Broken Chain by Lisa von Biela

Dr. Kyle Sommers is one of a team of CDC doctors deployed nationwide to find the cause. Along with his wife Gretchen and young daughter Lara, he travels to St. Joe, Minnesota to investigate after a particularly gruesome murder shocks the small town. Frantic to find the answer before more people die and haunted by the secret that destroyed his father, Dr. Sommers uncovers the shattering truth behind the seemingly unconnected crises. And when he does, he discovers his own family is in grave danger. Something has gone horribly wrong with the food chain. And nothing will ever be the same. Part medical detective story, part post-apocalyptic tale, BROKEN CHAIN examines what might happen if a major component of our food supply had to be more »

By August 31, 2015 Read More →
The Smoke Hunter by Jacquelyn Benson

The Smoke Hunter by Jacquelyn Benson

Deadly beasts, improvident rum consumption, and a treasure-hunting suffragette: Jacquelyn Benson’s debut novel, THE SMOKE HUNTER, is a smart, fun ride in the tradition of Indiana Jones and The Mummy. The Big Thrill caught up with Jacquelyn to chat about genre-bending, magic mirrors, and dangerous men. Ellie is such a smart protagonist. What inspired you to create her?   Ellie did not come naturally to me. When I set out to write THE SMOKE HUNTER, I started with the idea of a heroine who was something of a broken woman. I made it almost all the way through my first draft with her and hated almost every minute of it. Then this startlingly clear vision popped into my mind: a woman dragging her suitcase down the pavement, both terrified and exulted by the more »

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The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young

The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young

From a unique new talent comes a fast-paced debut, introducing a heroine whose dark visions bring to light secrets that will heal or destroy those around her . . . When New York journalist and recently bereaved mother Charlotte “Charlie” Cates begins to experience vivid dreams about children she’s sure that she’s lost her mind. Yet these are not the nightmares of a grieving parent, she soon realizes. They are messages and warnings that will help Charlie and the children she sees, if only she can make sense of them. After a little boy in a boat appears in Charlie’s dreams asking for her help, Charlie finds herself entangled in a thirty-year-old missing-child case that has never ceased to haunt Louisiana’s prestigious Deveau family. Armed more »

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Dante’s Dilemma by Lynne Raimondo

Dante’s Dilemma by Lynne Raimondo

By Stephanie Gayle Lynne Raimondo’s debut, Dante’s Wood, introduced readers to blind psychiatrist Mark Angelotti. The book was a Library Journal Mystery Debut of the Month and earned Raimondo comparisons to Agatha Christie, John Grisham, and Sara Paretsky. Her second book, Dante’s Poison, has Mark investigating the pharmaceutical industry as he undergoes experimental drug therapy. DANTE’S DILEMMA, released last month, turns up the heat on Mark’s personal and professional life. In DANTE’S DILEMMA, Mark is asked to evaluate Rachel Lazarus, estranged wife of a slain University of Chicago professor. The professor’s body was discovered during the school’s world-famous annual scavenger hunt. Though she’s confessed, Rachel is pursuing a battered woman’s defense. Mark must testify against Rachel while he’s mired in a legal dispute of his more »

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Code of Honor by Alan Gratz

Code of Honor by Alan Gratz

August saw the debut of Alan Gratz’s young adult thriller CODE OF HONOR. The author of a number of historical adventure novels for young readers, Alan answered a few questions for The Big Thrill about the challenges and opportunities in writing a ripped-from-the-headlines contemporary thriller for teens. What is CODE OF HONOR about? Persian-American high school senior Kamran Smith is on top of the world until his brother, Darius, a U.S. Army Ranger, goes on TV claiming credit for an attack on a U.S. embassy. Now everybody thinks Darius is a terrorist, and that Kamran must be one too. When the Department of Homeland Security brings Kamran and his family in for questioning, he begins to see his brother in a whole new light. But Kamran is still unconvinced the brother he grew up idolizing could be a more »

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Peril by Ponytail by Nancy J. Cohen

Peril by Ponytail by Nancy J. Cohen

By Janet Ashby Marla Vail is a hairdresser living in South Florida who gets involved in sleuthing and finding murderers. In PERIL BY PONYTAIL, the twelfth in the Bad Hair Day series of cozy mysteries by Nancy J. Cohen, Marla is on a belated honeymoon with her homicide detective husband Dalton to a large dude ranch in Arizona run by his cousins to help find who is causing malicious mischief there. And then the murders start…. Tell us about the Bad Hair Day series and PERIL BY PONYTAIL, out this month. The mysteries feature hairstylist Marla Vail née Shore, who first meets Detective Dalton Vail in Permed to Death. Ten books later, they get married in Shear Murder. But there’s no rest for our sleuths. more »

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Miracle Drug by Richard L. Mabry

Miracle Drug by Richard L. Mabry

By Jaden Terrell When Richard L. Mabry retired from medicine in 2002, he had spent twenty-six years in private practice and another ten as a professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He had either authored or edited eight textbooks and more than a hundred professional papers, but he had no plans to continue writing. Instead, he intended to have a quiet life reading and playing golf. Of that plan, Mabry says, “God laughed and said, ‘Not so fast.’” The Almighty, it seemed, had other plans for Mabry’s retirement. Shortly before his scheduled retirement, Mabry’s world was rocked by the death of his first wife. His journaling, done as part of the healing process, was the basis for The Tender Scar: Life After more »

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The September 2015 Edition of The Big Thrill is Here!

The September 2015 Edition of The Big Thrill is Here!

September is back-to-school time for kids–and for readers of The Big Thrill too, although the lessons could not possibly be more entertaining than in this month’s stories. Cover subject Robert Dugoni not only tells us how he crafts his bestselling books but explains why so many lawyers long to become novelists and why Seattle is the perfect place to dispose of a body (yes, really). In “International Thrills,” Simon Toyne takes us along on his journeys, whether it’s to a hilltop of southern France or a barren desert in Arizona, to research and write his novels. Roger Smith of “Africa Scene” gives an enthralling interview on how his fiction deals with the hypocrisies of modern Cape Town, while Charles Todd discusses the stress suffered by more »

By August 30, 2015 Read More →
Search and Destroy by James Hilton

Search and Destroy by James Hilton

Brothers Danny and Clay Gunn were brought up an ocean apart, but blood will out. Both served in the military, and both know how to kill, taking work as private military contractors and freelance fixers. But when they save a female journalist in the Nevada desert, it is they who become the targets, pursued by clandestine paramilitary forces … To stay alive they must turn the tables, stop running, and become hunters once again.     *****   James Hilton is the author of several Kindle-release titles and short stories. He is a Fourth Dan Blackbelt in Shotokan Karate, as has worked as a martial arts instructor, which has been invaluable in crafting his fight scenes. He is currently planning a YA series. He lives more »

By August 30, 2015 Read More →
August 31 – September 6: “Does nonfiction writing invigorate your fiction?

August 31 – September 6: “Does nonfiction writing invigorate your fiction?

Opinion essays, feature articles, reviews…does other nonfiction writing invigorate your fiction? This week ITW Members Bourne Morris, Jean Heller and J. H. Bográn will explore the correlation between writing fiction and nonfiction.    

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Jack and Joe by Diane Capri

Jack and Joe by Diane Capri

FBI Agents Otto and Gaspar pick up where Lee Child’s “The Enemy” leaves off in the Hunt for Jack Reacher. When FBI Special Agents Kim Otto and Carlos Gaspar are sent to Fort Bird, North Carolina to find Jack Reacher, powerful enemies with their backs against the wall will stop at nothing to keep the secrets Reacher left behind. Lee Child Gives Diane Capri Two Thumbs Up! “Full of thrills and tension, but smart and human, too. Kim Otto is a great, great character — I love her.” Lee Child, #1 World Wide Bestselling Author of Jack Reacher Thrillers “Expertise shines on every page.” —Margaret Maron, Edgar, Anthony, Agatha and Macavity Award Winning MWA Past President and MWA Grand Master 2013

By August 24, 2015 Read More →
Finding Claire Fletcher by Lisa Regan

Finding Claire Fletcher by Lisa Regan

Newly divorced and with his career in jeopardy, Detective Connor Parks takes solace in the arms of a beautiful woman he meets at a bar. The next morning, Claire Fletcher is gone, leaving nothing behind but an address and a decade-old mystery. The address leads to the Fletcher family home, where Claire’s siblings inform Connor that their 15-year-old sister was abducted from a city street 10 years ago and is presumed dead. During those 10 years, Claire endured the cruel torture and depravity of the man who abducted her. Paralyzed by fear and too ashamed to return to her family, Claire is resigned to her life as Lynn, the identity her abductor forced upon her. Every time she attempts escape or betrays him in the more »

By August 24, 2015 Read More →
Cold Black by Alex Shaw

Cold Black by Alex Shaw

In Britain, MI6 operative Aidan Snow witnesses a ruthless murder. Paddy Fox, a jaded ex-SAS soldier, foils the kidnap of a member of the Saudi Royal Family. Russia is making offers – and demands – to Ukraine that cannot be refused. In Saudi Arabia an al-Qaeda terror cell prepares for a mission. How are all these events connected? And what is Cold Black? Aidan Snow must fit the pieces of the puzzle together before it’s too late… Cold Black is a contemporary thriller, perfect for fans of David Baldacci, Chris Ryan and Tom Clancy.

By August 24, 2015 Read More →
Delta Force Vampire: Insurgency by Alex Shaw

Delta Force Vampire: Insurgency by Alex Shaw

The government made him deadly; vampires made him immortal…. A new hero and a new genre from Kindle best-selling author Alex Shaw. Brad Black, call sign “Peter Pan”, is a member of America’s elite Delta Force unit. Tasked to recon a tunnel network in use by the Taliban, it is just another day in the sandpit for the delta boys until something attacks them in the darkness. Presumed killed in action, Black is abducted by a shadowy figure before being forced to cross the inhospitable Afghan wilderness in order to be reunited with what is left of his team. Meanwhile a general from Russian Military Intelligence (GRU) arrives at Firebase Python with news of a Cold War weapons experiment so shocking its existence has, until more »

By August 24, 2015 Read More →