Thriller Roundtable

June 27 – July 3: “Do your characters have favorite cocktails and meals for the summer?”

June 27 – July 3: “Do your characters have favorite cocktails and meals for the summer?”

Summer’s in full swing, so we have to ask: Do your characters have favorite cocktails and meals for the summer? This week we’re joined by ITW Members Tim Baker, Robert Walton, Jennifer Delozier, James W. Ziskin, Camille Minichino, John Farrow and Manning Wolfe. Kick back with your favorite summertime beverage and enjoy!

By June 26, 2016 22 Comments Read More →
June 20 – 26: “Can you write from any location?”

June 20 – 26: “Can you write from any location?”

Can you write from any location? Does changing your setting, time or place, spur new ideas? This week, those are the questions we ask ITW Members J. M. LeDuc, Tim Baker, Mike Dellosso, Tom Breen, Mary Burton, Gordon Chaplin, Camille Minichino and John Farrow.

By June 19, 2016 33 Comments Read More →
June 13 – 19: “What are your favorite countries for settings?”

June 13 – 19: “What are your favorite countries for settings?”

This week we’re joined by ITW Members Tim Baker, Sidney Williams, Karen Harper, Robert Walton, Tom Breen, Connie Di Marco, J. T. Ellison, A. J. Kerns and John Farrow, to answer the question: What are your favorite countries for settings and why?

By June 12, 2016 47 Comments Read More →
June 6 – 12: “Are you satisfied with the number of reviews your books receive?”

June 6 – 12: “Are you satisfied with the number of reviews your books receive?”

This week we ask ITW Members J. Todd Scott, Don Helin, Stephen Martino, Mary Burton and John Farrow: As a writer, are you satisfied with the number of reviews your books receive?

By June 5, 2016 11 Comments Read More →
May 30 – June 5: “Characters: do you start from scratch or use models?”

May 30 – June 5: “Characters: do you start from scratch or use models?”

This week we’re talking characters with ITW Members Kate Kessler, Patricia Rosemoor, Ralph Pezzullo, Jean Heller, Lisa Preston, Jennifer Soosar and William Lashner. When developing characters, do you start from scratch or use models (like real people or movie stars) to build from?

By May 29, 2016 17 Comments Read More →
May 23 – 29: “What is the best clue you’ve inserted into a novel?”

May 23 – 29: “What is the best clue you’ve inserted into a novel?”

Clues foreshadow how plots unfold and characters react. This week we ask ITW Members Susana Calkins, Jean Heller, Jean Harrington and Lisa Preston what is the best clue you’ve inserted into a novel?

By May 22, 2016 11 Comments Read More →
May 9 – 15: “What are your favorite places for settings, and why?”

May 9 – 15: “What are your favorite places for settings, and why?”

This week ITW Members Larry D. Sweazy, Christine Goff, Patricia Rosemoor, Ralph Pezzullo, Dave Edlund, Jean Heller, Magnolia Smith and A.J. Kerns discuss cities, regions and countries when they answer the question: What are your favorite places for settings, and why?

By May 8, 2016 9 Comments Read More →
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 20 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 26 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.

By April 10, 2016 47 Comments Read More →
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.

By March 26, 2016 25 Comments Read More →
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?

By March 13, 2016 15 Comments Read More →
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?

By March 6, 2016 26 Comments Read More →
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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