Thriller Roundtable

December 15 – 21: “Did your editor insist on a title change?”

December 15 – 21: “Did your editor insist on a title change?”

This week ITW Members Jaden Terrel, Tiffany Snow, Suzanne Chazin, William Nikkel, C. Hope Clark, Jerry Amernic, Susan Santangelo, Cynthia Lott and J. H. Bográn discuss whether their editors ever insisted on a title change. Why are some titles magic and what are some of your favorites?

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December 8 – 14: “How do you organize the details to ensure consistency?”

December 8 – 14: “How do you organize the details to ensure consistency?”

For many, it takes months to draft a novel and consistency can suffer. Names, vehicles, time required for a familiar walk may vary. This week ask ITW members Jaden Terrel, Suzanne Chazin, C. Hope Clark, Patricia Stoltey, Jerry Amernic, Reece Hirsch and Arthur Kerns: “How do you organize the details to ensure consistency?”

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December 1 – 7: “Is fear the most common emotion in a thriller?”

December 1 – 7: “Is fear the most common emotion in a thriller?”

This week we’re talking with ITW members Jaden Terrel, Arlene Kay, Suzanne Chazin, William Nikkel, C. Hope Clark, Jack Soren, Patricia Stoltey, Nicholas Pengelley and Jerry Amernic and the topic is fear: “Is fear the most common emotion in a thriller? What other emotions run through your favorite thrillers?”

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November 17 – 23: “Does the upcoming holiday season disturb the writing process?”

November 17 – 23: “Does the upcoming holiday season disturb the writing process?”

Does the upcoming holiday season disturb the writing process, or on the contrary, can it become a great a catalyst for the next story? This week ITW Members Bernard Maestas, Les Edgerton, C. Hope Clark, Rick Zahradnik, Mark S. Bacon, Ethan Reid, Susanne Leist and Arthur Kerns discuss the holiday writing season and more!

By November 16, 2014 47 Comments Read More →
November 10 – 16: “What lessons can thriller writers learn from the movies?”

November 10 – 16: “What lessons can thriller writers learn from the movies?”

The Summer blockbuster season is over, but that won’t stop us from asking: “What lessons can thriller writers learn from the movies?” Join ITW Members Bernard Maestas, Steve P. Vincent, Raymond Benson, C. Hope Clark, F. Paul Wilson, Rick Zahradnik and Joe Gannon for another can’t miss discussion!

By November 9, 2014 17 Comments Read More →
November 3 – 9: “Are men’s plots more thrilling?”

November 3 – 9: “Are men’s plots more thrilling?”

The Sisters in Crime Monitoring Project points out gender representation in awards. Is this bias or are men’s plots more thrilling? Do the reviews pass over thrillers with an ethnic theme, too? Join ITW members Bernard Maestas, J. Carson Black, C. Hope Clark and Mark S. Bacon for this week’s thrilling discussion!

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October 27 – November 2: “Are you a writer who loves or loathes revisions?”

October 27 – November 2: “Are you a writer who loves or loathes revisions?”

This week we’re talking revisions. ITW Members Rob Brunet, Alex Shaw, Terry Shames, L.R. Nicolello, Eric Red, Mauro Azzano, Ethan Reid, C.E. Lawrence, Bob Van Laerhoven, Colin Campbell, Andrew Grant, Alan Jacobson, Andy McDermott and Margo Kelly will discuss whether they are the type of writer who loves revisions, or loathes them, and why.

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October 20 – 26: “Romance and thrillers – do they mix?”

October 20 – 26: “Romance and thrillers – do they mix?”

This week we’re discussing romance and thrillers. Join ITW Members Bernard Maestas, David M. Salkin, Alex Shaw, L.R. Nicolello, Eric Red, Mauro Azzano, Colin Campbell, Alan L. Moss and K. A. Laity as they discuss their favorite romantic thrillers.

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October 13 – 19: “Is there room to eat amidst all the chasing?”

October 13 – 19: “Is there room to eat amidst all the chasing?”

We’ve covered weather, descriptions, and settings. This week we cover food, as ITW Members M.C. Grant, Rob Brunet, Alex Shaw, Karen Traviss, Eric Red, Mauro Azzano, Robert Boeder, Rex Burns, Colin Campbell, Tom Wither and Alan Jacobson discuss the role of “food” in contemporary thrillers. Is there room to eat amidst all the chasing?

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October 6 – 12: “Do readers prefer an ageless protagonist?”

October 6 – 12: “Do readers prefer an ageless protagonist?”

Do readers prefer an ageless protagonist? Join ITW Members Bernard Maestas, Alex Shaw, Terry Shames, Karen Traviss, Eric Red, Mauro Azzano, Lisa Black, Colin Campbell, Alan Jacobson, Andy McDermott and Margo Kelly as they discuss when writers should provide details on age, and when those details are too much?

By October 5, 2014 45 Comments Read More →
September 29 – October 5: “Dialogue can be tricky. How do you do it?”

September 29 – October 5: “Dialogue can be tricky. How do you do it?”

We have a full house this week and ITW Members Karen Harper, Kira Peikoff, Sharon Linnea, Ethan Cross, Patrick Oster, David Swatling, Ovidia Yu, Toni L.P. Kelner, Jon McGoran, Reed Farrel Coleman, B.K. Sherer, A. J. Kerns and David Healey are discussing dialogue. It can be tricky, as the author has to give each character a unique voice that is also distinct from his or her own. How do you do it?

By September 28, 2014 32 Comments Read More →
September 22 – 28: “Writers often strive for unusual methods of murder.”

September 22 – 28: “Writers often strive for unusual methods of murder.”

This week we’re talking murder! Writers often strive for unusual methods of murder. Do they try too hard, and, if not, what are some of the most memorable? Join ITW Members Jon McGoran and J. H. Bográn for this week’s thrilling discussion.

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September 15 – 21: “Describe how your readers have shaped your books?”

September 15 – 21: “Describe how your readers have shaped your books?”

This week we talk about arguably the most important people in an author’s life: readers! Join ITW Members Sharon Linnea, Arlene Kay, Michael McBride, C.E. Lawrence and Toni L.P. Kelner while they discuss how readers have helped shape their books.  

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September 8 – 14: “What are some surprise cities that might take center stage in the future of thrillers?”

September 8 – 14: “What are some surprise cities that might take center stage in the future of thrillers?”

The Cold War ended in the late 1980s, yet Russia still plays a key role in many modern-day thrillers. This week ITW Members Sharon Linnea, David Swatling, Todd Moss, Robert Boeder and Alex Shaw discuss some surprise cities that might take center stage in the future?

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September 1 – 7: “Do you fling a book aside when you spot an error or stop reading after spotting some inaccuracy in technology or place?”

September 1 – 7: “Do you fling a book aside when you spot an error or stop reading after spotting some inaccuracy in technology or place?”

Authors cringe at mistakes in their novels. This week ITW Members Joan Hall Hovey, Ethan Cross and Jon McGoran will discuss whether or not they fling a book aside when they spot an error or if they stop reading after spotting some inaccuracy in technology or place?

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August 25 – 31: “Are there specific requirements for dialogue in thrillers?”

August 25 – 31: “Are there specific requirements for dialogue in thrillers?”

Summer’s coming to an end and this week we’re talking dialogue with ITW Members M.P. Cooley, Thomas Waite, Kelli Stanley, John Florio, Ken Kuhlken, Whitley Strieber and Michael Richards. Are there specific requirements for dialogue in thrillers?

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August 18 – 24: “Do day jobs get in the way of writing thrillers – and when do they help?”

August 18 – 24: “Do day jobs get in the way of writing thrillers – and when do they help?”

“Do day jobs get in the way of writing thrillers? When do they help?” This week ITW Members M.P. Cooley, Stacy J. Childs, Kelli Stanley, John Florio, Ken Kuhlken, Whitley Strieber, Lee Thompson, Shirley McCann, Linda Davies and Michael Richards discuss day job pros and cons!

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August 11 – 17: “Do you have a favorite, lesser known source for international news?”

August 11 – 17: “Do you have a favorite, lesser known source for international news?”

This week we join ITW Members A. J. Kerns, Charlie Flowers, Whitley Strieber, and C.E. Lawrence to discuss international news. Do you have a favorite, lesser known source for international news?

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August 4 – 10: “Are author blurbs over the top?”

August 4 – 10: “Are author blurbs over the top?”

This week we join ITW Members John Florio, A. J. Kerns, Charlie Flowers  and Whitley Strieber to discuss what author blurbs. Are they over the top? Are they as effective today as they used to be? You won’t want to miss this!

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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!

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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?”

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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?”

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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?

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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 →