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The July edition of the Big Thrill is here!

28 new thrillers from ITW Members, including debut novels from Teri Anne Stanley and Wendy Tyson, plus new nonfiction from Steven Philip Jones. Don't miss the Between the Lines Interview with Karin Slaughter by A.J. Colucci; a Special to the Big Thrill: THE KILLING novel: The Rewards and Challenges of Bringing Linden and Holder to the Page by Karen Dionne; a second Special to the Big Thrill: A Q&A with Simon & Schuster Senior Editor Sarah Knight by Barry Lancet; and don't forget to visit the Africa Scene with Annamaria Alfieri.

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Thriller Roundtable

July 28 – August 2: “How has climate change affected the way we write about weather?”

July 28 – August 2: “How has climate change affected the way we write about weather?”

Weather was long a neglected stepchild in settings, with a few perfunctory descriptions at the start of a book along the lines of “It was a dark and stormy night.” Have concerns about climate change turned that around? Or has climate change become the next perfunctory aspect of setting? This week we join ITW Members Terri Anne Stanley, Merry Jones, J. H. Bográn, Susan Froetschel, Luke McCallin, Rachel Howzell Hall and Amy Lignor to discuss!

By July 27, 2014 10 Comments Read More →
July 21 – 27: “Do you read or write in other genres?”

July 21 – 27: “Do you read or write in other genres?”

You write what you read, or so the old saying goes. This week join ITW Members and thriller writers Amy Lignor, Steve Philip Jones, David M. Salkin, Terri Anne Stanley, Merry Jones, Maegan Beaumont, Steve Attridge, Wendy Tyson, Sam Cabot, Alan Brenham, Luke McCallin, A.J. Colucci, Robert K. Lewis and Brian Poole to ask: “Do you read or write in other genres?”

By July 20, 2014 31 Comments Read More →
July 14 – 20: “How do you organize plot as a writer?”

July 14 – 20: “How do you organize plot as a writer?”

We’re back from ThrillerFest IX with ITW Members Terri Anne Stanley, DiAnn Mills, Alan Brenham, Merry Jones, Matthew Quirk, Steve Attridge, Wendy Tyson, Rachel Howzell Hall, Arthur Kerns, Sam Cabot, Kathrin Lange and Amy Lignor answering the question: “As a writer, how do you organize plot?”

By July 13, 2014 30 Comments Read More →
June 23 – 29: “How do your reading and writing habits change in the summer?”

June 23 – 29: “How do your reading and writing habits change in the summer?”

Summer is upon us! This week we ask ITW Members Cat Connor, Susan Israel, Kate White, Kym Brunner, Tim Waggoner and Amy Lignor how their reading and writing habits change in the summer?

By June 22, 2014 7 Comments Read More →
June 16 – 22: “How has an editor’s advice helped with your story?”

June 16 – 22: “How has an editor’s advice helped with your story?”

This week we turn to editorial advice and ask ITW Members Meg Gardiner, Kate White, Sheila Lowe, Tom Wither, Kym Brunner, Ridley Pearson, Tim Waggoner, Kathrin Lange, Amy Lignor and Neil Plakcy: “How has an editor’s advice helped with your story?”

By June 15, 2014 37 Comments Read More →
June 9 – 15: “Are thriller writers biased? Or do some of us go too far in trying to beat down stereotypes?”

June 9 – 15: “Are thriller writers biased? Or do some of us go too far in trying to beat down stereotypes?”

This week ITW Members Don Helin, Joan Hall Hovey, Cat Connor, Karen Keskinen, Graeme Shimmin, Tim Waggoner, Kathrin Lange, Amy Lignor and Rory Flynn discuss biases and stereotypes: “Are thriller writers biased? Or do some of us go too far in trying to beat down stereotypes?”

By June 8, 2014 27 Comments Read More →
June 2 – 8: “Are thriller writers particularly pressured to write too fast?”

June 2 – 8: “Are thriller writers particularly pressured to write too fast?”

This week ITW Members Karen Dionne, Cat Connor, Susan Israel, Kate White, Robert Rotstein, Ridley Pearson, Amy Lignor and Tim Waggoner discuss writingreallyfast and answer the question: “Are thriller writers particularly pressured to write too fast?”

By June 1, 2014 Read More →
May 26 – June 01: “Can a plot get too intricate?”

May 26 – June 01: “Can a plot get too intricate?”

This week ITW Members Shiloh Walker, Thomas M. Malafarina, Bill DeSmedt, Michael Niemann, Lisa Von Biela, J. H. Bográn and Alan Field discuss setting limits. “At what point does a book require a map, a list of characters, a genealogical diagram? Can a plot get too intricate?”

By May 25, 2014 Read More →
May 19 – 25: “What happens when Hollywood calls?”

May 19 – 25: “What happens when Hollywood calls?”

With the Hollywood summer blockbuster season right around the corner, the Big Thrill can’t help but ask: “What happens when Hollywood calls?” This week, ITW Members Johnny Shaw, Ralph Pezzullo, Neil Russell, Thomas M. Malafarina, Rex Burns, Ted Scofield, Lisa Von Biela and Alan Field will answer that call!

By May 18, 2014 19 Comments Read More →
May 12 – 18: “What are the secrets to creating a popular anti-hero?”

May 12 – 18: “What are the secrets to creating a popular anti-hero?”

Anti-heroes are popular on television. This week ITW Members Bill DeSmedt, Alan Field, Patrick Freivald, William Dietrich, Ralph Pezzullo, Gary Kriss, Thomas M. Malafarina,  Ted Scofield, Lisa Von Biela, and Brandon Hebert will answer the question: “What are the secrets to making a popular anti-hero?”

By May 11, 2014 19 Comments Read More →
May 5 – 11: “How do you separate the author from your characters?”

May 5 – 11: “How do you separate the author from your characters?”

This week ITW Members William P. Wood, Amy Shojai, William Dietrich, Ralph Pezzullo, Gary Kriss, John Lescroart, Thomas M. Malafarina, Rex Burns, Michael Niemann, Ted Scofield, Lisa Von Biela, Bob Walton, Brandon Hebert and Tom Avitabile answer the question on everyone’s mind: “How do you separate the author from your characters?”

By May 4, 2014 Read More →
April 28 – May 4: “Share an anecdote from when you used an incident from your own life in a novel.”

April 28 – May 4: “Share an anecdote from when you used an incident from your own life in a novel.”

This week ITW Members Mark Alpert, Colin Campbell, Paige Dearth, Tim Waggoner Bernard Maestas, Donald Bain, Neil Russell and Shelley Coriell share an anecdote from when they used a real-life incident in a novel. Bonus question: “Do readers sometimes relay their own stories from real life that dovetail with your story?”

By April 27, 2014 35 Comments Read More →
April 21 – 27: “Do you enjoy reading books out of season?”

April 21 – 27: “Do you enjoy reading books out of season?”

Reading a Christmas story in July? Who does that? This week ITW Members Mark Alpert, Colin Campbell, Paige Dearth, Tim Waggoner and Nancy J. Cohen discuss reading books our of season.

By April 20, 2014 6 Comments Read More →
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 24 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 →