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: Dual Time Line Thrillers

Special to The Big Thrill: Dual Time Line Thrillers

Riding the Pretty Horses: thoughts on dual time line thrillers By Manda Scott Writing a thriller is like riding a horse: some days it plods along with its nose to the ground and you’d go faster if you got off and carried the wretched thing, while on others it spooks at every plastic bag in the hedge and bolts at speed in directions you never imagined going. Once in a rare while, you and your mount click into a rather miraculous harmony that carries you forward smoothly, effortlessly, beautifully… until the next plastic bag (or the phone call from an editor), brings it all crashing down. Still, there are some kinds of writing that have always struck me as way more scary than the standard “get more »

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International Thrills: A Conversation with John Connolly

International Thrills: A Conversation with John Connolly

By J. F. Penn John Connolly is the bestselling author of the Charlie Parker mysteries, the Samuel Johnson novels for middle-grade readers, and co-author of the Chronicles of the Invaders plus other works. His latest book, A SONG OF SHADOWS, is the thirteenth book in the Charlie Parker mystery series. USA Today bestselling thriller author J. F. Penn interviewed John for The Big Thrill. Your latest book, A SONG OF SHADOWS, weaves European history into a string of murders in Maine, all while Charlie Parker recovers from devastating injuries. How much of the story is based on historical truth? Why did this particular aspect of Nazi history interest you? My eye had simply been caught by the ongoing attempts of the United States to extradite more »

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House of Homicide by Eileen Magill

House of Homicide by Eileen Magill

By Abby Normal HOUSE OF HOMICIDE is a battle between good and evil. Our protagonist, Cindy Fairbank, tries to do right by her family but unwittingly puts them in danger when she buys a suburban house that seems to be perfect. When Cindy hears about an urban legend that centers on her house, she dusts off her investigative journalist skills and begins to research the stories. She discovers that there is much more to the history than expected, with a series of gruesome homicides spanning over forty years and restless souls of murder victims who are clamoring for revenge. As Cindy gets close to uncovering the killer, the killer gets close to her and the ones she loves. To find out more, let’s talk to more »

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Swerve by Vicki Pettersson

Swerve by Vicki Pettersson

By Taylor Stevens The third time I met Vicki Pettersson, she offered up a confession. Squished in at a small round table in a local coffee shop, she leaned forward conspiratorially and said, “I was so intimidated when first we met. I thought if you were anything like Munroe, you were going to hate me.” I shook my head and tried not to laugh. This type of reader reaction happens often enough that it became material for a tongue-in-cheek piece about the many traits I share with a quasi-psychotic, knife-wielding, butt-kicking, anti-hero, but I never would have expected it from Vicki. Her stories are just as dark as mine, if not darker, her characters as smart and capable, and her readers often think the same more »

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Q Island by Russell James

Q Island by Russell James

By Russell James It takes a lot to scare a horror writer. I mean, I dissect fear for a living. The most violent horror movies don’t elicit a flinch. I can face a clown without wetting myself. But one thing really scared the hell out of me. New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The Category 4 storm blew ashore, flooded swaths of the city, cut off power, cut off help. Those who hadn’t evacuated were isolated from the world. In the face of this ultimate stress test of society, how did it do? It collapsed within hours. Looting was almost instantaneous. There were widespread reports of people just abandoning critical jobs as they prioritized saving themselves or their families. 23,000 people turned the Superdome into something more »

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Heaven Sent by Ann Simas

Heaven Sent by Ann Simas

The bad-luck threes. . . Sophie Doyle is not having a good day. She’s without a car, because hers was stolen. She’s without a washer and dryer, because hers tanked on the same day. She’s overslept because of a power outtage and when she finally arrives late for work, she’s told her employment is terminated due to budget constraints. Could things get any worse? Never ask, “What next?” Hit in the crosswalk by red-light runner, Sophie finds herself dead on the sidewalk, observing a good Samaritan trying to resuscitate her. Suddenly, she thrust into a tunnel of incredibly bright light, where she meets…God? Sophie likes it in Heaven where it’s nice and warm and welcoming, but she’s told she can’t stay. Her assignment? Return to more »

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Cash Landing by James Grippando

Cash Landing by James Grippando

“It reads like a movie script. . . . Only this was no blockbuster action film. It was a real-life crime drama straight from the streets of Miami.” Those aren’t James Grippando’s words. They come straight from the FBI’s official website, the bureau’s own description of one of the biggest airport heists in history—$7.8 million in cash stolen by a band of amateur thieves. That real life caper is the inspiration for James Grippando’s twenty-fourth thriller, CASH LANDING, released from HarperCollins. Who were the real-life crooks?   The mastermind, Karls Monzon, teamed up with his uncle, an ex-con; his cocaine-addicted brother in law; and an insider who worked for Brinks Security, Onelio Diaz. Diaz was Monzon’s neighbor and friend since childhood, and he drove one of more »

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The Devil’s Share by Wallace Stroby

The Devil’s Share by Wallace Stroby

Interview by Scott Adlerberg Born and raised in New Jersey, Wallace Stroby had a long career as a journalist before turning to novel writing.  He worked for the Asbury Park Press as a police reporter, and was a Sunday features editor for the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger.  His years writing and editing for newspapers helped him develop the razor-sharp prose, compelling sense of character, and precise attention to detail that mark his books. THE DEVIL’S SHARE, Stroby’s new novel, is his seventh overall and the fourth about professional thief Crissa Stone, who debuted in 2011’s Cold Shot to the Heart. The Big Thrill talked with Stroby about his early books and his latest effort. Your first two books, The Barbed-Wire Kiss (2003) and The Heartbreak Lounge more »

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A Dark Lure by Loreth Anne White

A Dark Lure by Loreth Anne White

Loreth Anne White’s atmospheric, psychological thriller, “pushes the traditional boundaries of the romantic suspense genre,” according to Amazon’s editors, who selected A DARK LURE as one of their four Kindle First picks for June, 2015. Within the first week of its kindle release, A DARK LURE hit # 1 in the Amazon kindle store. The book officially launches July 1. Tell us a little about A DARK LURE With A DARK LURE, I wanted to take a classic serial killer trope, where a heinous villain returns years later to hunt down his lone survivor—a woman who bears the deep physical and emotional scars of her narrow escape—but I also wanted to hopefully layer it, make it as much a story of survival, and self acceptance, more »

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Gray Vengeance by Alan McDermott

Gray Vengeance by Alan McDermott

By David LeadBeater GRAY VENGEANCE is the fifth title in the Tom Gray action thriller series, recently released by Thomas & Mercer. Gray is an ex-soldier who runs a security company, and his journey started in England when he kidnapped five repeat offenders and paraded them on the Internet, letting the people of Britain decide their fate. That ended with Gray being whisked off to the Philippines with a new identity, but trouble wasn’t far away as local terrorists took him hostage. Close friends from the UK went to his rescue, but once again, nothing was what it seemed, and soon Gray and his crowd were in a fight for their lives. Gray eventually returned to Britain, but the journey home was fraught with danger more »

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Fallen: A Cassidy & Spenser Thriller by Carey Baldwin

Fallen: A Cassidy & Spenser Thriller by Carey Baldwin

By Kristi Belcamino Carey Baldwin’s first book, Judgment, the opening volume in her series featuring forensic psychiatrist Caity Cassidy and FBI profiler Atticus “Spense” Spenser, is a finalist for the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award and the Booksellers Best Award. In addition, Judgment was named “A Best Book of 2014” by Suspense Magazine. I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of her new book, FALLEN, and I know readers will love it. Having met Baldwin at Bouchercon in Long Beach last fall, I know that besides being generous and optimistic, she has grit. She’s worked hard for everything she’s achieved in her life and is insanely supportive of other writers. Baldwin was kind enough to answer a few questions about her work and more »

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Bum Rap by Paul Levine

Bum Rap by Paul Levine

The Big Thrill sat down with Paul Levine to discuss BUM RAP, his new legal thriller (Thomas & Mercer July 1). “BUM RAP brings together the protagonists from Levine’s series: Jake Lassiter, the linebacker-turned-lawyer, and Steve Solomon and Victoria Lord, squabbling Miami law partners. In a starred review, Booklist calls the novel, “an irresistible Florida crime romp.” Paul, has it really been twenty-five years since Jake Lassiter burst onto the crime fiction scene with your first novel, To Speak for the Dead?   Is that a polite way of saying Jake’s old…or that I am? Only that the Lassiter novels are one of the longest running series in contemporary crime fiction. To what do you attribute their longevity? Maybe because readers grow attached to characters and more »

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Elisha Rex by E. C. Ambrose

Elisha Rex by E. C. Ambrose

By E. C. Ambrose On the surface, my work doesn’t have much in common with contemporary medical novels. Today’s thrillers with medical themes often involve highly educated professionals—doctors, nurses, surgeons—while I’m invested in a peasant from the 14th century, whose medical education includes bleeding patients to balance their humors, the belief that water spreads disease, and the use of human anatomical charts based on pig dissections. My adventure-based historical fantasy series, the Dark Apostle, which continues July 2 with ELISHA REX, began with reading far too many books about medieval medicine, until the facts and the anecdotes exploded into the idea for a story. My research began with a single title: Devils, Drugs, and Doctors by Howard W. Haggard, M. D. I have the Pocket more »

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Inhuman Interest by Eric Turowski

Inhuman Interest by Eric Turowski

There is another side to the paranormal. A dorky side, a goofy side. A world filled with giant bugs and poodle icons, a place where graves are robbed not only of their corpses, and garbage trucks fly through the air. Eric Turowksi reveals this side in his first Story By Tess Cooper novel, INHUMAN INTEREST. After writing several brutal novels of extreme horror, the humorous side of Turowski was dying to break free. You could tell, because an entire month of research went into determining the veracity of hyperoxygenating a Las Vegas casino for the sole purpose of growing spiders the size of Shetland ponies—and making it plausible. Something had to give before things got too strange. Indeed, something did give, but things got strange more »

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Ashstorm by A. D. Starrling

Ashstorm by A. D. Starrling

ASHSTORM is the fourth novel in the award-winning thriller series Seventeen by A.D. Starrling. The other novels in the series have been nominated for and won several awards since their publication in 2012, with the third novel Greene’s Calling being a finalist in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. This month, Starrling answered a few questions for The Big Thrill about the series that fans can’t get enough of. The Seventeen series comprises an unusual blend of history, science, action, suspense, and an intriguing supernatural twist on the concept of immortality. Tell us how you came up with the series idea for Seventeen. Seventeen started life with a simple but striking image. Imagine the number seventeen written in blood-red paint on a black marker more »

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Devil’s Harbor by Alex Gilly

Devil’s Harbor by Alex Gilly

By Alex Gilly When I was a child, I read comics. When I was a teenager, I read books. My parents were both readers, so reading seemed an ordinary thing to do. I have French heritage, and though we didn’t live in France, the comic-book “albums” I read were in French. We had hundreds of them at home—Tintin, Asterix, all of Blake and Mortimer. But my favorites, by an unreachable distance, were Blueberry by Charlier and Giraud, and Barbe Rouge—Red Beard—by Charlier and Hubinon. Both were adventure stories. Blueberry is the nickname of a Union cavalry officer named Donovan, who, after the Civil War, rides into the untamed West, drinks hard, womanizes, plays his trumpet, and fights injustice and cruelty wherever he encounters it—which is more »

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The Six by Mark Alpert

The Six by Mark Alpert

Adam Armstrong is a brilliant, wheelchair-bound seventeen-year-old dying of muscular dystrophy. While playing one of his virtual-reality games he encounters Sigma, an artificial intelligence program created by Adam’s computer-genius father. Sigma has gone rogue, threatening to kill Adam and then the rest of humanity, and the only way to stop it is to use the technology Adam’s dad developed to digitally preserve the mind of his dying son. Along with a select group of other terminally ill teens, Adam becomes one of the Six who have forfeited their failing bodies to inhabit weaponized U.S. Army robots. But with time running short, the Six must learn to manipulate their new mechanical forms and work together to train for epic combat…before Sigma exterminates the human race. ***** more »

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Cold Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff

Cold Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff

By Alexandra Sokoloff COLD MOON, Book 3 in my Huntress/FBI series, is out this month worldwide in ebook, print, and audio. Anyone who’s read the first two books, Huntress Moon and Blood Moon, knows that I’m very passionate about this series. More than passionate. I’m writing these books because I’ve had enough of violence against women in fiction and film. Last summer I was at Harrogate, the international crime writing festival. And prominently displayed in the book tent was a new crime fiction release that featured a crucified woman on the cover. A crucified woman. On the cover. It’s not like I’ve never come across a crucified woman in a crime novel before. In fact, I’ve had to stop reading three or four novels in the more »

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Remember Mia by Alexandra Burt

Remember Mia by Alexandra Burt

REMEMBER MIA is a thriller that puts you in the midst of every mother’s worst nightmare: her baby has disappeared. When Estelle Paradise’s baby daughter is taken from her crib, she doesn’t report her missing. A week later, Estelle is found in a wrecked car miles from home, with a gunshot wound to the head and no memory. The only thing she can recall is the blood…so much blood. She knows she holds the key to what happened that night—but what she doesn’t know is whether she was responsible. Tell us about your background. You are originally from Europe? I was born in Germany. I read English literature in high school—I remember Bram Stoker’s Dracula, C. S. Forester’s African Queen, and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein—but other more »

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State of Emergency by Steve P. Vincent

State of Emergency by Steve P. Vincent

The Big Thrill sat down with Australian-based political thriller writer Steve P Vincent to talk about his newest release, STATE OF EMERGENCY. Steve is an ITW Debut Author for 2014-15 and he’ll be speaking and signing books at Thrillerfest. Tell us about the Jack Emery series and the newest release, STATE OF EMERGENCY My debut novel, The Foundation, was released as a digital first publication in September 2014. The book sees Jack Emery—an Australian reporter based in New York—in a race against time to expose a conspiracy and prevent global war. It was generally well received and I was lucky enough to be contracted for a few more books. Since then, I’ve released a free Jack Emery prequel novella, Fireplay, and a print edition of more »

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Rainy Day Women by Kay Kendall

Rainy Day Women by Kay Kendall

Reformed public relations executive Kay Kendall was an ITW debut author at ThrillerFest in 2013 with Desolation Row, the first in her Austin Starr Mystery series. Set in 1968, it explores murder and mayhem in the draft resister community. Now RAINY DAY WOMEN introduces amateur sleuth Austin Starr to women’s liberation when she helps a friend suspected of murdering a leading feminist. The author answers a few questions for The Big Thrill about rediscovering the chaotic sixties and what comes next in her writing career. Tell us about how you came to write about the era that Mad Men has made trendy again. Three years before the advent of Mad Men, I sent query letters to agents suggesting that aging boomers would be eager to more »

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Gemini: The Sign Behind The Crime by Ronnie Allen

Gemini: The Sign Behind The Crime by Ronnie Allen

By Donald J. Bingle Brooklyn native Ronnie Allen worked for the New York City Department of Education for more than thirty years as a classroom teacher, staff developer, crisis intervention specialist, and mentor for teachers who were struggling. Along the way, she saw the horrors inflicted by child abuse on both the victims and society as a whole. She carries through this theme in her novel GEMINI, which also includes intriguing information about holistic healing and alternative therapies, such as Reiki and crystal healing. Combining a love of the crime genre and her psychology background with her alternative therapies experience, writing psychological thrillers is the perfect venue for Ronnie. In GEMINI, Barbara Montgomery, school psychologist by day and stripper by night, has an emotional meltdown more »

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Atonement by Winter Austin

Atonement by Winter Austin

Winter Austin’s latest release delves into a subject matter that has become a matter of importance in our nation: helping our service men and women who are suffering from PTSD, and the high rate of suicide among those who have served. She delicately attacks this while handling the mystery and suspense of a rash of suicides plaguing a small Southeast Iowa town. McIntire County deputy Nicolette (Nic) Rivers moved to the small town of Eider, Iowa to forget what she experienced as a Marine Scout Sniper, and to heal without family interference. What she’s not expecting is to, once again, use her sniper skills to end a domestic situation. Her single shot turns the sleepy town of Eider on its head, secrets begin pouring out, more »

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Let Me Die in His Footsteps by Lori Roy

Let Me Die in His Footsteps by Lori Roy

By Lori Roy What’s in a Title? It’s August 12, 2014, midmorning on a Tuesday. Here in Florida, I have my most recent novel up on my computer screen. Denise Roy, Dutton Senior Editor, has the same pulled up in her New York office. Looking for phrases that might inspire a title, we’re paging through the text together. Some of our ideas are too familiar. Others, too forgettable. Yet others have been used too recently or too frequently. Today is the day we must, absolutely must, decide on a title for my third novel. Our deadline is noon. Titles are tricky business. Many theories exist as to what makes a good title. There’s even a website that will quantify a title’s chances of becoming a more »

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