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.
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.
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.
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?”
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?”
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”?
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?”
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?”
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?”
“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.
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!
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!
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?”
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?”
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?”
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?”
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?
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?
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?”
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.
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?
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?”
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?”
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?”