Thriller Roundtable

May 2 – 8: “What are your characters’ favorite activities?”

May 2 – 8: “What are your characters’ favorite activities?”

Characters in thrillers seem far too active to be couch potatoes. This week we ask ITW Members Kate Kessler, Patricia Rosemoor, Dave Edlund, Susanna C. Calkins, E. Michael Helms and Radha Vatsal what are your characters’ favorite activities?  

By May 1, 2016 13 Comments Read More →
April 25 – May 1: “Imagine you could reach out to any author and ask a single question.”

April 25 – May 1: “Imagine you could reach out to any author and ask a single question.”

Imagine you could reach out to any author (living or dead) and ask a single question. This week we ask ITW Members Thomas Kirkwood, Dustin Dodd, Elena Harwell, Jean Heller, J.D. Horn and J.L. Abramo which author would you choose? And, what is your question?  

By April 24, 2016 10 Comments Read More →
April 18 – 24: “How do you avoid writer’s block?”

April 18 – 24: “How do you avoid writer’s block?”

This week we discuss what’s on every writer’s mind, at least from time-to-time: writer’s block. Join ITW Members E. M. Powell, Allison Brennan, Duffy Brown, Thomas Kirkwood, Janelle Samara, Alex Segura, Ryan Quinn, Elena Harwell, Lisa Preston, Robin Yocum, J. D. Horn, Arthur Kerns and Susan Mangiero as they answer the question: How do you avoid writer’s block?

By April 17, 2016 25 Comments Read More →
April 11 – 17: “How do you create fresh and unique action scenes?”

April 11 – 17: “How do you create fresh and unique action scenes?”

Creating fresh and unique action scenes comes with the territory of writing thrillers. This week we ask the question on everyone’s mind: How do you do it? Join ITW Members Allison Brennan, Lisa Preston, Joe Hart, E. M. Powell, Thomas Kirkwood, Connie Archer, Reece Hirsch, Bobby Nash, Adrian Magson, Jeffery Hess, Ryan Quinn and Dustin Dodd for this can’t miss discussion.

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April 4 – 10: “Do you need music or absolute silence when writing?”

April 4 – 10: “Do you need music or absolute silence when writing?”

We have a steller line-up of ITW members this week as we delve into writing habits. Thomas Kirkwood, Janelle Samara, Bobby Nash, J. L. Abramo, Ryan Quinn, Chris Pavone, Alex Gordon, Elena Harwell, Allison Brennan, S.W. Lauden and Daco will answer the question on everyone’s playlist: Do you need music or absolute silence when writing?

By April 3, 2016 66 Comments Read More →
March 28 – April 3: “Discuss some of your favorite ‘door’ scenes.”

March 28 – April 3: “Discuss some of your favorite ‘door’ scenes.”

More action may take place around doors than any other architectural feature. This week ITW Members Ronnie Allen, Dave Edlund, Glen Erik Hamilton and A. J. Marcus discuss some of their favorite “door” scenes.

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March 14 – 20: “Must religion always be a clash?”

March 14 – 20: “Must religion always be a clash?”

This week ITW Members Heather B. Moore, Libby Hellmann, Susan Froetschel, J. H. Bográn, Jean Heller and Jerry Amernic discuss religion and thrillers. Must religion, as described in thrillers, always be a clash?

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March 7 – 13: “How many thrillers do you read each year?”

March 7 – 13: “How many thrillers do you read each year?”

How many thrillers do you read each year? This week ITW Members Heather B. Moore, Sanjida Kay, J. H. Bográn, Vaughn C. Hardacker and Jean Heller discuss what proportion thrillers represent of their overall reading and what were some favorites from last year?

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February 29 – March 6: “Does an author’s voice evolve with each novel?”

February 29 – March 6: “Does an author’s voice evolve with each novel?”

Does an author’s voice evolve with each novel or are there consistencies over time? ITW Members John Hegenberger, Ronnie Allen, Dave Edlund, Heather B. Moore, James Grippando, Matthew Betley, Gwen Florio, Marissa Garner, Sanjida Kay, Karenna Colcroft, Peter Steiner, Philip Donlay and Vaughn C. Hardacker will discuss. Feel free to discuss your own work or some of your favorite examples.

By February 28, 2016 47 Comments Read More →
February 22 – 28: “Is juggling multiple points of view more, or less, challenging?”

February 22 – 28: “Is juggling multiple points of view more, or less, challenging?”

Thrillers and other forms of fiction, too, increasingly rely on multiple characters to present a narrative. This week ITW Members Suzanne Redfearn, Paul McGoran, Elizabeth Noble, Mark Alpert, Justin Bog, Bernard Maestas, Bill Schweigart, Johnny Shaw and Mike Dellosso discuss whether juggling multiple points of view is more, or less, challenging?

By February 21, 2016 29 Comments Read More →
February 15 – 21: “As a thriller writer, do you read or write in other genres?”

February 15 – 21: “As a thriller writer, do you read or write in other genres?”

You write what you read, or so the old saying goes. This week ITW Members Michael E. Rose, Suzanne Redfearn, Paul McGoran, Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli, Ken Newman, Magnolia Smith, Carol Goodman, Jodi McIsaac, Bernard Maestas, Bill Schweigart and Michael Byars Lewis discuss whether they, as thriller writers, read or write in other genres?    

By February 14, 2016 32 Comments Read More →
February 1 – 7: “Which matters more – sentence structure or word choice?

February 1 – 7: “Which matters more – sentence structure or word choice?

This week ITW Members Paul McGoran, Elizabeth Noble and Carol Goodman are discussing tone. In developing a thriller’s tone, which matters more – sentence structure or word choice?    

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January 25 – 31: “Do thriller writers have conservative or liberal leanings?”

January 25 – 31: “Do thriller writers have conservative or liberal leanings?”

The presidential campaign is starting to heat up! This week, join ITW Members Jean Heller, Alan L. Moss, Claude Berube, Bernard Maestas and Michael Byars Lewis as they debate whether thriller writers have conservative or liberal leanings. Or, are they apolitical?    

By January 24, 2016 8 Comments Read More →
January 18 – 24: “Describe your favorite techniques for strong pacing.”

January 18 – 24: “Describe your favorite techniques for strong pacing.”

This week we’re all about pacing on The Thriller Roundtable. Conciseness, partial clues, short chapters? ITW Members Brendan P. Rielly, W.D. Gagliani, Vincent Zandri, H.A. Raynes, Adrian Magson, Nina Mansfield, Jean Heller, Donna Warner, Bill Schweigart and Heather Moore describe their favorite techniques for strong pacing.    

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January 11 – 17: “Are the lines between good and evil increasingly more ambiguous in modern thrillers?”

January 11 – 17: “Are the lines between good and evil increasingly more ambiguous in modern thrillers?”

We have a full house this week! ITW Members Blair McDowell, Brendan P. Rielly, Kim Alexander, Rick Ollerman, John H. Gibson, W.D. Gagliani, Bernard Maestas, H.A. Raynes, Jean Heller, R. J. Harlick, C.E. Lawrence and Matthew FitzSimmons have gathered to answer the question: Are the lines between good and evil increasingly more ambiguous in modern thrillers?    

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January 4 – 10: “Are random character generators going too far?”

January 4 – 10: “Are random character generators going too far?”

The internet is full of helpful websites for crafting and researching plots, history, characters, setting, but are random character generators going too far? This week we’re joined by ITW Members Shiloh Walker, Terry Shames, Bernard Maestas and Jean Heller.    

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December 14 – 20: “Are thriller writers active enough on social media?”

December 14 – 20: “Are thriller writers active enough on social media?”

Are thriller writers active enough on social media? This week ITW Members Brendan P. Rielly, Larry D. Sweazy, Bernard Maestas, Chuck Greaves, Jean Heller, R. J. Harlick and S. Harrison discuss whether a writer must participate in social media, or if the constant messaging and familiarity diminish suspense?    

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December 7 – 13: “Are underdog characters as popular in international plots?”

December 7 – 13: “Are underdog characters as popular in international plots?”

Everyone loves a good underdog story. Underdog characters are popular in American thrillers. This week, ITW Members Blair McDowell, Brendan P. Rielly, Toby Tate. A. J. Kerns and Steve P. Vincent discuss whether or not they are as popular in international plots?    

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November 30 – December 6: “Is poison as a murder method old-fashioned?”

November 30 – December 6: “Is poison as a murder method old-fashioned?”

After a holiday weekend, what better time to talk about poison? This week ITW Members Bernard Maestas, J. H. Bográn, Peter Tonkin and Susan Froetschel discuss whether poison as a murder method is old-fashioned, and if there are some new methods for poisons that evade detection?    

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November 16 – 22: “Oh, the Holidays…can we integrate them into our plots in a seamless way?”

November 16 – 22: “Oh, the Holidays…can we integrate them into our plots in a seamless way?”

Oh, the holidays…this week we’re joined by ITW Members Paul McGoran, John Hegenberger, Patrick Kendrick, J.D. Horn, John Gaspard, Judy Penz Sheluk, Elizabeth Edmondson and Nina Mansfield to discuss whether or not the holidays can be integrated seamlessly into our plots?    

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November 9 – 15: “How to accurately write dialogue, settings or historical events.”

November 9 – 15: “How to accurately write dialogue, settings or historical events.”

This week we’re making it real! Making dialogue, settings and historical events real, that is. We’re joined by a full house ITW members, including Paul McGoran, Jennifer Kincheloe, John Hegenberger, Erica Wright, Patrick Kendrick, J. D. Horn, Sherry Knowlton, Robert McClure, Anthony Schumacher, William Lemanski, Toby Tate, D. J. Niko, Earl Javorsky, Judy Penz Sheluk and Elizabeth Edmondson.    

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November 2 – 8: “What does it take for a book to be a thriller?”

November 2 – 8: “What does it take for a book to be a thriller?”

“What does it take for a book to be a thriller?” This week ITW Members Ann Farnsworth, Paul McGoran, John Hegenberger, Patrick Kendrick, Robert McClure, Anthony Schumacher, Earl Javorsky and Judy Penz Sheluk are discussing whether the answer is the stories, global threats, slightly over the top characters, or all of the above?    

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October 26 – November 1: “Do you find it more difficult to just read for pleasure?”

October 26 – November 1: “Do you find it more difficult to just read for pleasure?”

This week we’re joined by ITW Members B. K. Stevens, Eric Beetner, Mick Sims and Len Maynard, Diane Kelly, Paul D. Marks, Cheryl Hollon, Peter James, Rob L. Palmer and Bernard Maestas to ask: As an author, do you find it more difficult to just read for pleasure?    

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October 19 – 25: “Does the layout of your home make appearances in your novel?” 

October 19 – 25: “Does the layout of your home make appearances in your novel?” 

This week we’re joined by ITW Members Camille Minichino, Mick Sims and Len Maynard, Paul D. Marks, Sandra Block, Leigh Perry and Rob L. Palmer as we discuss whether the layout of an author’s home, or those of friends or acquaintances, make appearances in their novels?    

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