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The April edition of the Big Thrill is here!

29 new thrillers this month from ITW Members, plus a Between the Lines interview with Andrew Peterson by Brett King, the Top Ten Firearms Mistakes in Fiction by Chris Grall and News from South Africa by Michael Sears. Go behind the scenes as seven bestselling authors tell you about their courses at ITW's first-ever Online Thriller School. Have you registered yet? There are still a few spots left. Classes start April 7th!

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Thriller Roundtable

April 14 – 20: “Is fact really stranger than fiction?”

April 14 – 20: “Is fact really stranger than fiction?”

Is fact really stranger than fiction? This week, ITW Members Daniel Suarez, Laura Griffin, Phillip Donlay, Tom Wilde, Michael McBride, Colin Campbell, Paige Dearth, Tim Waggoner and Kathleen George will answer that question while exploring how weave the two to make a really compelling story.

By April 12, 2014 23 Comments Read More →
April 7 – 13: “What are the dangers of modeling characters after people you know?”

April 7 – 13: “What are the dangers of modeling characters after people you know?”

This week we’re discussing the dangers of modeling characters after people you know. Join ITW Members Brian Poole, Tom Wilde, Richard Mabry, Colin Campbell and Paige Dearth as they discuss when they, as authors, resort to using this device.

By April 6, 2014 Read More →
March 31 – April 6: “Do characters speak to you?”

March 31 – April 6: “Do characters speak to you?”

In a recent article in the Huffington Post, author Karen Dionne elaborated about how characters speak to some authors, to the point that it is almost like taking a dictation. Does this happen to you? What kind of characters do this and describe the process? This week ITW Members Connie Di Marco, Colin Campbell and Paige Dearth will weigh in on whether characters speak to them.

By March 30, 2014 16 Comments Read More →
March 17 – 23: “Moral protagonists: rebels, or visionaries?”

March 17 – 23: “Moral protagonists: rebels, or visionaries?”

This week Keith Deininger, Amy Shojai, and J.H. Bográn are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and talking about protagonists: “Protagonists often have a strong moral code that does not dovetail neatly with that of their society.  Are they rebels or visionaries?”

By March 16, 2014 3 Comments Read More →
March 10 – 16: “What can thriller writers learn from the movies?”

March 10 – 16: “What can thriller writers learn from the movies?”

This week ITW Members W.D. Gagliani, William P. Wood, Keith Deininger, Amy Shojai, Chris Pavone, Don Helin, Julie Lindsey and Bernard Maestas go from the notebook to the big screen, as they answer the question: “What can thriller writers learn from the movies?”

By March 9, 2014 Read More →
March 3 – 9: “With the huge numbers of books published, is it possible to identify the “best”?

March 3 – 9: “With the huge numbers of books published, is it possible to identify the “best”?

The awards season is in full swing and ITW Members Brad Parks, Keith Deininger and Amy Shojai are playing along too as they answer the question: With the huge numbers of books published, is it possible to identify the “best”?

By March 2, 2014 Read More →
February 24 – March 2: “How do news events shape your plots?”

February 24 – March 2: “How do news events shape your plots?”

This week join ITW Members Stephen Carbone, Lisa Von Biela, Daniel Suarez, Barry Eisler, Reggie Ridgway, William Lashner and J.T. Ellison as they discuss how news events shape their plots and answer the question that everyone is wondering: “How closely should thriller writers follow the news?”

By February 23, 2014 Read More →
February 17 – 23: “Is deception an essential feature of thrillers?”

February 17 – 23: “Is deception an essential feature of thrillers?”

This week we’re talking about deception! Join ITW Members Stephen Carbone, Lisa Von Biela, Jennie Mortimer and Brian C. Poole as they discuss whether or not deception is an essential part of thrillers and try to answer the question: “Would they otherwise be adventure stories?”

By February 16, 2014 Read More →
February 10 – 16: “Is travel essential to portray a setting? Is research ever enough?”

February 10 – 16: “Is travel essential to portray a setting? Is research ever enough?”

This week we join ITW Members Jean Harrington, Dan Mayland, Stephen Carbone, Lisa Von Biela, Patrick Lee, Jennie Mortimer, Chris Knopf, Marc Cameron, Don Helin and John Howard Swain while they discuss travel vs. research: “Is travel essential to portray a setting? Is research ever enough?”

By February 9, 2014 22 Comments Read More →
Feb 3 – 9: “When were you first inspired to write?”

Feb 3 – 9: “When were you first inspired to write?”

“When were you first inspired to write?” Join ITW Members Stephen Carbone, Lisa Von Biela, Kelly Parsons, William Lashner and Marc Cameron as they reminisce about the what first inspired them to write.

By February 2, 2014 Read More →
January 27 – February 2: “What’s the best advice you can give to a beginner writer?”

January 27 – February 2: “What’s the best advice you can give to a beginner writer?”

We have a full house this week, with ITW Members Mark Pryor, Lissa Price, Jaye Wells, David O’Neil, Don Helin, Lisa Von Biela, J. M. LeDuc and Terry Shames answering the question: “What’s the best advice you can give to a beginner writer?” You won’t want to miss it!

By January 26, 2014 Read More →
January 20 – 26: OPEN FORUM: “Could Our Man in Havana be written today?”

January 20 – 26: OPEN FORUM: “Could Our Man in Havana be written today?”

This week the Thriller Roundtable is an open forum: all readers of the BIG THRILL are invited to comment as we discuss Our Man In Havana. Could it be written today? What other modern device might substitute for his elaborate plans? We look forward to hearing everyone’s thoughts!

By January 19, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
January 13 – 19: “Do you listen to music while writing? If so, what type?”

January 13 – 19: “Do you listen to music while writing? If so, what type?”

This week we’re rockin’ out with ITW Members Melissa Groeling, Lisa Von Biela and J. H. Bográn while discuss music and writing and asnwer the question: “”Do you listen to music while writing? If so, what type?”

By January 12, 2014 Read More →
January 6 – 12: “Why do you read and write thrillers?”

January 6 – 12: “Why do you read and write thrillers?”

Start off 2014 in style! Join ITW Members Alma Katsu, Elizabeth Heiter, David O’Neil, Lissa Price, Kathleen George, Alison Joseph, L. J. Sellers, Brian C. Poole and Lisa von Biela as they answer the question on everyone’s mind: “Why do you read and write thrillers?”

By January 5, 2014 41 Comments Read More →
December 16 – 22: “The untraceable murder – is it possible?”

December 16 – 22: “The untraceable murder – is it possible?”

We have a full house this week and we’re talking murder! Coincidence? Probably not! Join ITW Members John Foxjohn, Quentin Bates, Lisa Black, Richard Godwin, Don Helin, Joseph Amiel, Amy Lignor and C.E. Lawrence as they answer the question on everyone’s mind: “The untraceable murder – is it possible?”

By December 14, 2013 Read More →
December 9 – 15: “What are some examples of books with strong architectural details that helped build suspense?”

December 9 – 15: “What are some examples of books with strong architectural details that helped build suspense?”

This week join ITW Members Ralph Pezzullo, Amy Lignor and J. H. Bográn as they discuss thrillers and architecture, and try to answer the question: “What are some examples of books with strong architectural details that helped build suspense?”

By December 8, 2013 5 Comments Read More →
December 2 – 8: “Which country had the best spies of all time and why?”

December 2 – 8: “Which country had the best spies of all time and why?”

The KFSB, SVA, KGB, the Mossad, CIA, MI6…this week we ask ITW Members S.D. Skye, Quentin Bates, Ralph Pezzullo and Amy Lignor which countries had the best spies of all time and why?

By December 1, 2013 12 Comments Read More →
November 18 – 24: “Holidays and Thrillers, how can we combine the two concepts to up the ante in our writing?”

November 18 – 24: “Holidays and Thrillers, how can we combine the two concepts to up the ante in our writing?”

With Thanksgiving on the horizon we turn our focus to the holidays and thrillers. This week we ask ITW Members Karen Harper, Matthew Quinn Martin, Harold Bernard, Amy Lignor and Don Helin how can we combine the two concepts to up the ante in our writing?

By November 17, 2013 Read More →
November 11 – 17: “Who is your favorite over the top, megalomaniac antagonist with world-domination plans, and why?”

November 11 – 17: “Who is your favorite over the top, megalomaniac antagonist with world-domination plans, and why?”

This week ITW Members Amy Lignor and Susan Froetschel discuss megalomaniacs and world-domination plans when we ask: “Who is your favorite over-the-top, megalomaniac antagonist with world-domination plans, and why?”

By November 10, 2013 Read More →
November 4 – 10: “Do you feel that the NANOWRIMO has influenced the thriller genre?  How?”

November 4 – 10: “Do you feel that the NANOWRIMO has influenced the thriller genre?  How?”

For some years now, November is popular among writers due to the National Novel Writing Month. “Do you feel that the NANOWRIMO has influenced the thriller genre?  How?” This week, join ITW Members Kay Thomas and J. H. Bográn as they discuss NANOWRIMO and the thriller genre.

By November 3, 2013 Read More →
October 28 – November 3: “Which comes first, the character or the plot?”

October 28 – November 3: “Which comes first, the character or the plot?”

This week join ITW Members Sandy DeLuca, Brian Poole, John Lutz, Nina Croft, Michael Russell, Anne Hillerman, Sharon Menear and Don Helin as they discuss which comes first, the character or the plot?

By October 28, 2013 Read More →
October 14 – 20: “Everything in the world is moving at a faster pace – communications, travel, all forms of globalization. Is writing moving faster too?”

October 14 – 20: “Everything in the world is moving at a faster pace – communications, travel, all forms of globalization. Is writing moving faster too?”

It seems everything on this planet is moving at a faster pace: communication, travel, all forms of globalization. Join ITW Members Nina Croft, J. H. Bográn, Laurence O’Bryan and James Ziskin as they discuss the question on everyone’s mind: “Is writing moving faster too?”

By October 13, 2013 Read More →
October 7 – 13: “Is the fact that the US National Security Agency seems to know everything about everyone end thrillers as we know them?”

October 7 – 13: “Is the fact that the US National Security Agency seems to know everything about everyone end thrillers as we know them?”

This week ITW tackles the NSA. Join ITW Members Nathaniel Kenyon, Thatcher Robinson and Raymond Khoury as they address the question on everyone’s mind: “Is the fact that the US National Security Agency seems to know everything about everyone end thrillers as we know them?”

By October 6, 2013 Read More →
September 30 – Oct. 6: “What does it take to be called a thriller?”

September 30 – Oct. 6: “What does it take to be called a thriller?”

War stories? Global threats? Slightly over the top characters? This week ITW Members Barry Lancet, David Oneil, Anna Lee Huber and J. H. Bográn discuss “What does it take to be called a thriller?”

By September 29, 2013 Read More →