After a holiday weekend, what better time to talk about poison? This week ITW Members Bernard Maestas, J. H. Bográn 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?
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?
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.
“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?
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?
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?
Trends tend to emerge among thrillers. This week ITW Members Ellen Kirschman, Mick Sims and Len Maynard, Toby Tate, Paul D. Marks, William Lashner and DiAnn Mills discuss whether a writer should try to stay current, and anticipate these trends, or avoid trends altogether?
Some editors make big changes in a manuscript. This week ITW Members DiAnn Mills, Eric Beetner, Ellen Kirschman, Mick Sims and Len Maynard, Tom Avitable, and Kira Peikoff discuss the best changes they’ve ever received from an editor, as well as the worst.
We’ve got a full house this week as ITW Members Lisa von Biela, R. K. Jackson, Grant McKenzie, Hester Young, Baron R. Birthcher, D. D. Ayres and Mark Coggins discuss whether or not a thriller must prompt fear in readers. Can a plot work without that emotion?
Have you given up your day job to write thrillers full-time? This week we’re joined by ITW Members Lisa von Biela, Baron R. Birthcher and Michael Ransom to ask what advice they have for others considering this leap?
This week we sit down with ITW Members Lisa von Biela, Baron R. Birthcher, Lynn Cahoon, Stephanie Gayle and Shane Gericke, and ask: “What do you value most in a copy editor? Consistency, logic, commas?”
Writers must wear many hats. This week we ask ITW Members Lisa von Biela, R. K. Jackson, Ethan Cross, J. A. Jance, Richard Mabry, Andrew Peterson, Lynn Cahoon, Mark Coggins, Art Taylor and A. J. Kerns: “Do you spend more time on your research, writing or marketing?”
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.
This week we’re joined by ITW Members Mauro Azzano, Laura McNeill, Tim Tigner, Barb Han and Shelley Coriell to answer the question: “Do you read or write outside of the thriller genre?”
In today’s market, does plot alone lead to sales? This week ITW Members Mauro Azzano, Barb Han and Jean Heller will discuss how age, life experiences, and a strong social media presence factor into the equation.
This week we’re joined by ITW Members Laura Elvebak, Mauro Azzano, Laura McNeill, Tim Tigner, R. G. Belsky, Bernard Maestas, A. D. Garrett, Jason M. Hough and Diane Kelly, as they discuss setting. “Is setting or location an important element of your stories? Why?”
This week we’re talking writer’s critique groups and we’re joined by ITW Members N. J. Paige, Donald J. Bingle, Joel Gomez-Dossi, Laura Elvebak and James Abel, who will answer the question: “What do you look for when selecting a critique group to help polish your writing?”
This week we’re joined by Kimberly Cameron, Helen Heller, Janet Reid, Alec Shane, Beth Phelan and John Raab as they answer the questions on everyone’s mind: “When should a writer change agents? Are agents wary of writers with low sales seeking such a change?”
Regrets…we’ve all had them. Do literary agents have regrets about the story or author that got away? This week, we’ll ask Albert Longden, Kimberly Cameron, Helen Heller, Janet Reid, Alec Shane, Beth Phelan and John Raab.
AgentFest continues this week on the Big Thrill! We’re joined by Kimberly Cameron, Helen Heller, Alec Shane, Beth Phelan and John Raab as they discuss the burning question: “What is the added-value of agents in the self-publishing model?”
July is all about literary agents and editors here on The Big Thrill! This week we’re joined by Jennifer Weltz, Albert Longden, Kimberly Cameron, Helen Heller, Janet Reid, Michelle Wolfson, Alec Shane, Beth Phelan and John Raab who will answer the question: “What is the most common mistake writers make in approaching an agent?”
Behind every great writer is a great mentor. This week ITW Members Kate White, Alex Dolan, Lisa Von Biela, J. T. Ellison and Jean Heller discuss finding a mentor and answer the question: “What should you look for in one?”
June 15 – 21: “Can writers play fast and loose on politics, foreign relations, technology, careers and personality traits?”
Readers of thrillers appreciate realism. This week ITW Members discuss how much can writers play fast and loose on politics, foreign relations, technology, careers or personality traits? Join Tim Lees, Alex Dolan, John Farrow, Eric Red, Adam Mitzner, Lisa Von Biela, John Palisano, Adrian Magson, Paul Dale Anderson, Jerry Amernic, Andy Boot, Jean Heller and Melanie Surani!
June 8 – 14: “What steps should writers take when they disagree with the publisher’s choice of a cover?”
This week we’re joined by ITW Members Kate White, Eric Red, Bob Doerr and A. J. Kerns, discussing what steps should writers take when they disagree with the publisher’s choice of a cover?