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The July edition of the Big Thrill is here!

28 new thrillers from ITW Members, including debut novels from Teri Anne Stanley and Wendy Tyson, plus new nonfiction from Steven Philip Jones. Don't miss the Between the Lines Interview with Karin Slaughter by A.J. Colucci; a Special to the Big Thrill: THE KILLING novel: The Rewards and Challenges of Bringing Linden and Holder to the Page by Karen Dionne; a second Special to the Big Thrill: A Q&A with Simon & Schuster Senior Editor Sarah Knight by Barry Lancet; and don't forget to visit the Africa Scene with Annamaria Alfieri.

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Between The Lines

A Between the Lines Interview with Karin Slaughter by A.J. Colucci

A Between the Lines Interview with Karin Slaughter by A.J. Colucci

By A.J. Colucci When it comes to murder, Karin Slaughter pulls no punches. The internationally acclaimed author of thirteen novels believes crime fiction writers have an obligation to tell the truth. “Even though we’re writing fiction, we need to remember that the crimes we write about happen to real people every single day. We need to tread carefully. We need to honor their stories.” As a result, her novels are not for the faint of heart. The crimes are brutally realistic, the terror is genuine and the tension between the characters is palpable. With a name like Slaughter, perhaps it was fate. Her two hugely popular series, Will Trent and Grant County, have sold more than thirty million books that have been translated into thirty-two more »

By June 30, 2014 Read More →
Between the Lines: The Authors of FACEOFF by Anthony J. Franze and Robert Rotstein

Between the Lines: The Authors of FACEOFF by Anthony J. Franze and Robert Rotstein

By Anthony J. Franze and Robert Rotstein What would happen if two dozen of the world’s bestselling authors got together to pen a book of short stories pairing up their beloved series characters? If there was a thriller writer dream team? And what if the compilation was edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci? Readers will find out in FACEOFF, an anthology released this week from Simon & Schuster. In a first-of-its-kind collaboration curated by the International Thriller Writers (ITW), twenty-three critically acclaimed authors crafted eleven electrifying stories where their iconic characters go head-to-head. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for readers,” Baldacci said. “I’m honored to be at the helm of this amazing ship.” Over the past few months, THE BIG THRILL, more »

By May 31, 2014 Read More →
A Between the Lines Interview with Steve Berry by Paula Tutman

A Between the Lines Interview with Steve Berry by Paula Tutman

By Paula Tutman There is a respect for history. There is a love of history. There is a reverence for the art of passing history from one generation to another. And then there is what Steve and Elizabeth Berry do—preserving history with well-worn running shoes laced up, ready to go, while wearing many different hats. New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry’s latest historical thriller, THE LINCOLN MYTH, puts you on the wall as a fly, eavesdropping on a historical figure whose life and death are well-travelled territory. But Berry’s Harold “Cotton” Malone will not allow you to sit in a high school history class with your eyes glazing over waiting for the bell to ring. Cotton Malone will, once again, fall off his secret-agent more »

By April 30, 2014 Read More →
A Between The Lines Interview with Andrew Peterson by Brett King

A Between The Lines Interview with Andrew Peterson by Brett King

By Brett King It’s time to KILL again. In 2008, author Andrew Peterson made his debut with the powerhouse novel FIRST TO KILL. His novel introduced a complex hero named Nathan Daniel McBride to a legion of faithful readers and spawned a series of popular and tightly constructed thrillers, all bearing the signature “kill” in the title. April 29 marks the publication of READY TO KILL, the explosive fourth installment in the bestselling series. As with earlier books, Andy’s latest novel doesn’t disappoint. Trained as a Marine Corps scout sniper, Nathan McBride has retired as a CIA operations officer to run a private security company with his best friend, Harv. However, a cryptic message referencing a top-secret U.S. operation changes Nathan’s plans for a quiet more »

By March 31, 2014 Read More →
A Between The Lines Interview with Allison Brennan by Julie Kramer

A Between The Lines Interview with Allison Brennan by Julie Kramer

By Julie Kramer Paperback queen Allison Brennan’ s Lucy Kincaid character regularly lands on bestseller lists for the NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY. But now, Brennan is venturing into hardcover territory with NOTORIOUS, a new thriller featuring an investigative reporter protagonist. In a starred review, BOOKLIST dubbed her latest work the start of “a terrific new series.” Nine years ago, Brennan traded politics for publishing and has since become the author of twenty-three acclaimed romantic suspense novels. Yet she doesn’t take success for granted, and is always working to up her game, with novellas, short stories, and soon, hardcover heroine, Maxine Revere. What’s the biggest challenge going from mass market paperback to hardcover? The biggest challenge was overcoming my own fear. It’s a huge more »

By February 28, 2014 Read More →
A Between The Lines Interview with Jennifer McMahon by Paula Tutman

A Between The Lines Interview with Jennifer McMahon by Paula Tutman

By Paula Tutman So many characters so little time. How on earth will author, Jennifer McMahon pull it off in her soon to be released thriller, THE WINTER PEOPLE? She will tell you, it wasn’t easy, but it was worth it. When you can scare the pants off yourself—that’s a thriller. While many authors swear by the ‘process’, they outline, they journal, they keep a strict writing schedule—McMahon listens to her heart and the urge to stretch herself creatively.“I knew I wanted to do something different; something bigger and more complex than my previous books,” she says. She goes on to say how surprised she was in what her heart was saying to her hands. Cue the scary music! “I thought I was going to more »

By January 31, 2014 Read More →
A Between The Lines Interview with Lisa Unger by Anthony J. Franze

A Between The Lines Interview with Lisa Unger by Anthony J. Franze

By Anthony J. Franze More than a decade ago, Lisa Unger embarked on a risky venture. At twenty-nine, she quit her job as a successful publicist at a major New York publishing house, packed up her things, and moved to Florida to pursue her lifelong dream of being a writer. A book deal followed. The novel she’d started writing when she was just nineteen sold. The advance was tiny and there was no buzz or overnight success. But Unger didn’t care because she was finally doing what she loved. So she kept at it, year after year, book after book, slowly building momentum and garnering critical praise, the respect of her peers, and loyal fans along the way. The tenacity and hard work paid off. more »

By January 1, 2014 Read More →
Between the Lines Interview with Michael Connelly by Julie Kramer

Between the Lines Interview with Michael Connelly by Julie Kramer

By Julie Kramer Michael Connelly has a lauded writing career with two gritty series, both NEW YORK TIMES #1 bestsellers and both starring characters conflicted about how to do right by their jobs. His original protagonist, Harry Bosch, is a homicide detective who needs no further introduction, after all, he’s one of the best known heroes in modern police procedurals and will soon come to TV in a streaming video series produced by Amazon Studios. Connelly’s most recent protagonist, Mickey Haller, approaches justice from a different direction – that of a criminal defense attorney. That character made it to Hollywood in the popular film, THE LINCOLN LAWYER. GODS OF GUILT – Connelly’s latest legal thriller – features Haller defending a pimp charged with murdering a more »

By November 30, 2013 Read More →
Between The Lines Interview with Lisa Scottoline by Brett King

Between The Lines Interview with Lisa Scottoline by Brett King

By Brett King I met Lisa Scottoline back in 1997 when I was first thinking about writing thrillers. She was signing for LEGAL TENDER and I remember a woman in line telling her, “I’ve never heard of you before, Lisa, but if your books are anything like your personality, I’m going to buy everything you’ve written.” If you’ve had the pleasure of meeting Lisa then you know her books are a true reflection of her personality—candid, witty, intelligent, compassionate, articulate, and charming. I’m pretty sure I’ve left out some character traits, but you get the idea. A former Philadelphia attorney, Lisa has written more than twenty books that have brought her awards and honors and have found secure homes on all major bestseller lists. Her more »

By October 31, 2013 Read More →
Between The Lines Interview with Anne Rice by Paula Tutman

Between The Lines Interview with Anne Rice by Paula Tutman

By Paula Tutman Anne Rice is doing it again thirty books later. Thirty-seven years after her first novel (INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE) reinvented vampires, she is reinventing werewolves in her Wolf Gift Chronicles series.  The second installment, THE WOLVES OF MIDWINTER, released October 15, 2013 by Knopf, takes readers into the life of Rueben Golding, a young journalist who’s recently received the gift of wolfen or Morphenkind powers and uses them to ferret out true evil. Reuben is a thoroughly modern werewolf—the antithesis of the Lon Chaney Wolf Man most of us have grown up with.  Reuben is a Man Wolf, not a Wolf Man.  In 1940 the bite of a werewolf was a curse.  Rice’s werewolf has received a gift with his infection.  The Wolf more »

By September 30, 2013 Read More →
Between The Lines Interview with William Kent Krueger by Julie Kramer

Between The Lines Interview with William Kent Krueger by Julie Kramer

By Julie Kramer William Kent Krueger’s twelve-year quest to make the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller list is a tale as compelling as the ones he writes featuring Cork O’Connor, a half Ojibwe/half Irish private investigator in Minnesota’s remote north woods. Krueger’s work brought acclaim – plenty of awards and starred reviews – but not widespread sales. He remained determined to hit the list and that magic happened with the tenth book in his series, VERMILLION DRIFT.  That success followed with three more NEW YORK TIMES bestsellers – and most recently, TAMARACK COUNTY – which received starred reviews from PUBLISHERS WEEKLY and BOOKLIST, yet faced a special challenge. You’re living every writer’s dream: to break out. How did you grow from mid-list to A-List? I’d love to more »

By August 31, 2013 Read More →
Between the Lines Interview with Erica Spindler by Brett King

Between the Lines Interview with Erica Spindler by Brett King

By Brett King For most people, a cold virus brings misery. For Erica Spindler, it brought serendipity. In June of 1982, she was bed-ridden with illness and found escape in a romance novel. She was immediately hooked, and soon decided to try the challenge of writing one for herself. Despite success writing romance in later years, she found her “true calling” when she took a shot at the suspense genre in 1996. It proved to be a good move. As a NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author, Erica has written thirty novels, including her latest book, JUSTICE FOR SARA, set for an August 2013 release. The book showcases a bright and determined protagonist named Katherine McCall who returns to an unforgiving Louisiana town where her beloved more »

By July 31, 2013 Read More →
Between the Lines Interview with Jeff Abbott by Anthony Franze

Between the Lines Interview with Jeff Abbott by Anthony Franze

By Anthony J. Franze Just when Sam Capra thought he was out… Jeff Abbott is back with DOWNFALL, another amazing book in the bestselling Sam Capra series. The first Capra novel, ADRENALINE was a breakaway hit and the second, THE LAST MINUTE, won a 2012 Thriller Award. In this third installment, the Austin, Texas writer delivers once again. By the end of the first two books, Sam Capra’s been through a lot. He’s been kicked out of the CIA, wrongfully accused of treason, betrayed by his young wife, and had to rescue his infant son. He’s also been recruited to work for The Round Table, a secret organization that fights evil in the world and that has placed Capra undercover as the owner of several more »

By June 30, 2013 Read More →
Between the Lines Interview with Iris Johansen by Brett King

Between the Lines Interview with Iris Johansen by Brett King

By Brett King Eve. If you are among the legion of fans dedicated to Iris Johansen’s #1 NEW YORK TIMES best-selling thrillers, you know exactly who I’m talking about. Since her debut in the 1998 novel THE FACE OF DECEPTION, Eve Duncan has emerged as one of the most beloved protagonists in contemporary crime fiction. Rising above a hardscrabble childhood, Eve is a survivor who has overcome heartbreaking challenges including the tragic abduction and murder of her seven-year-old daughter, Bonnie. Time after time, Eve has overcome adversity to become one of the world’s leading forensic sculptors, a profession that allows her to offer emotional and psychological closure to parents struggling with the loss of a child. Iris Johansen found remarkable success writing romance novels in more »

By March 31, 2013 Read More →
Between the Lines Interview with Harlan Coben by Anthony J. Franze

Between the Lines Interview with Harlan Coben by Anthony J. Franze

By Anthony Franze How did you spend your last six years? If you’re Harlan Coben you had five consecutive #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestsellers, wrote two young adult books that debuted on the TIMES’ children’s bestseller list, and had one of your books made into an award-winning film. Feeling bad about yourself yet? (I’m thinking about all the TV I’ve watched since 2007.) If so, brace yourself, because Coben’s new book, SIX YEARS, only adds to his hit list. The book is masterful storytelling that combines mystery, action, a love story, and a perfect dose of humor. SIX YEARS begins with college professor Jake Fisher watching as the love of his life, Natalie, marries another man. At the wedding, Natalie pulls Jake aside and makes more »

By February 28, 2013 Read More →
Private Berlin by James Patterson & Mark Sullivan

Private Berlin by James Patterson & Mark Sullivan

By Paula Tutman Thriller writers kill people! That’s what we do.  We conjure a delicious brew of intrigue, suspense and yes, violence.  We bait our hooks with our novels and lure innocent people into a world that invites them to revel in who died and how gruesomely. But after the Newtown slayings, any writer who’s ever killed off anyone in their novels has probably pushed pause this year—if even for nanosecond to wonder if they’re part of the problem. Mark Sullivan, the author of ROGUE and co-author of PRIVATE BERLIN with James Patterson, has been thinking a lot about violence in his fiction in light of the mass shootings. “I think the scrutiny is warranted,” Sullivan says.  “The things writers can do in their prose more »

By January 31, 2013 Read More →
Between the Lines Interview with Rebecca Cantrell and James Rollins

Between the Lines Interview with Rebecca Cantrell and James Rollins

By Julie Kramer Are two imaginations better than one? For outsiders, the process of co-authoring a book seems quite mysterious, but in this interview, New York Times bestselling thriller author James Rollins and acclaimed historical novelist Rebecca Cantrell explain the mechanics of how their writing partnership works five thousand miles apart. Their nuts and bolts answers about sharing the chores and credit of crafting their thriller, THE BLOOD GOSPEL, will intrigue readers and writers. THE BLOOD GOSPEL combines two popular literary themes – the Catholic Church and vampires – and nets this author team raves for their first joint endeavor about the hunt for a miraculous and forbidden book.  As SUSPENSE MAGAZINE put it: “It would be a sin not to read it!” James, THE more »

By December 31, 2012 Read More →
Between The Lines Interview with Wendy Corsi Staub by Paula Tutman

Between The Lines Interview with Wendy Corsi Staub by Paula Tutman

By Paula Tutman Wendy Corsi Staub is an Extra Terrestrial.  She must be. It’s the only explanation.  How else can one person publish nearly 80 novels in a 20 years span?  There must be some other-worldly assistance at work.  Or perhaps, just perhaps, she’s one of those rare human beings. Staub, who’s also written under the pseudonym Wendy Markham, appears to belong to that unusual sub-species whose thoughts seem to roll out of her imagination and onto the page like water.  She’s currently emerging from what she calls, deadline Hell.  She’s just completed back to back releases, two books as part of a trilogy. Let’s face it, Hell for most authors would be tantamount to sneezing a pumpkin through their left nostril by squeezing out more »

By November 1, 2012 Read More →
Between the Lines: Interview with John Sandford by Brett King

Between the Lines: Interview with John Sandford by Brett King

Prey. For a reader of mysteries and thrillers, the word brings instant and enthusiastic recognition for the celebrated novels of John Sandford. Beginning with RULES OF PREY in 1989, he introduced a series that now spans twenty-two novels featuring charismatic and tough-minded investigator Lucas Davenport.From the beginning, the series proved to be a hit with readers. That same year, he published the successful Kidd series under his real name, John Camp. As a former columnist and Pulitzer-winning journalist, Camp made a seamless transition to writing fiction at a brisk pace. In 2007, he took Virgil Flowers, a popular supporting character in some of the Prey novels, including Invisible Prey and Storm Prey, and made him a protagonist in DARK OF THE MOON. Breezy yet complex, more »

By September 30, 2012 Read More →
Between the Lines with Jamie Freveletti by Julie Kramer

Between the Lines with Jamie Freveletti by Julie Kramer

By Julie Kramer Jamie Freveletti – a trial attorney turned author – is the ultimate International Thriller Writers’ success story. She found an agent for her debut at Thrillerfest and went on to win the Thriller Award for Best First Novel. This month she unveils a Robert Ludlum sequel, THE JANUS REPRISAL,  which Kirkus said, “turbocharges tension to nonstop levels.” Next month, DEAD ASLEEP, fourth in her series with biochemist/ultra marathoner Emma Caldridge hits bookshelves. The Big Thrill had questions about how Freveletti changed careers, what it’s like writing a new adventure for a hero someone else invented, and disputing the myth that men don’t want to read action thrillers written by women.

By August 31, 2012 Read More →
Between the Lines of Love Is Murder

Between the Lines of Love Is Murder

LOVE IS MURDER says it all. Story after story. Romantic suspense is the theme of the latest International Thriller Writers anthology. With original short stories from Lori Armstrong, Jeff Ayers, Beverly Barton, William Bernhardt, Allison Brennan, Robert Browne, Pamela Callow, Toni McGee Causey, Lee Child, JT Ellison and more!

By May 29, 2012 Read More →
Between the Lines: Interview with Laura Caldwell by Andrew Peterson

Between the Lines: Interview with Laura Caldwell by Andrew Peterson

By Andrew Peterson Laura Caldwell embodies the American dream. Simply stated, she’s an amazing person who’s led a diversified and successful life. Published in over twenty-five countries, her novels have been translated into more than fourteen languages. In her other job, she’s a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Born in Chicago, Caldwell was raised in Crystal Lake and Woodstock, Illinois. She attended the University of Iowa and graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors. After receiving her law degree from Loyola Law School, she traveled with two girlfriends to Italy and Greece. She didn’t know it at the time, but her overseas experience planted a seed. Caldwell then embarked on a successful career practicing law and became a partner in more »

By April 30, 2012 Read More →
Between The Lines: An Interview With J. T. Ellison

Between The Lines: An Interview With J. T. Ellison

By Brett King J.T. Ellison fooled me. I’ve always been impressed with the rich psychological themes in her novels and the complexity of her characters, but it goes beyond that. Her knowledge of psychology is real and insightful. I knew she had been a former White House staffer and a financial analyst, but I was convinced she’d made a serious study of psychology somewhere in her background. “I loved psychology, and did take a few classes,” she told me. “At the time, I think it was lost on me, but as I’ve grown older, I’ve returned to it.” No doubt about it. In fact, J.T.’s understanding of human nature is on brilliant display in her latest novel, A DEEPER DARKNESS, scheduled for release on April more »

By March 31, 2012 Read More →
Between the Lines: An Interview with James Patterson by Julie Kramer

Between the Lines: An Interview with James Patterson by Julie Kramer

By Julie Kramer Besides being the world’s best-selling author, James Patterson delights in cultural cameos – whether playing poker with television crime author Richard Castle, appearing as Marge’s secret crush on the Simpsons, or simply being the answer to a JEOPARDY! question. Patterson still gets a kick when he sees people reading his books in public and doesn’t mind when they stop to gush over him: “Yeah, I get recognized a lot, especially in airports.” That’s no surprise because his author photo is on more book covers than any other writer. PRIVATE GAMES just came out last month and went straight to the top of the best seller lists. GUILTY WIVES will be released in a matter of weeks. Patterson is even listed in the more »

By February 29, 2012 Read More →