In our July issue, you’re truly learning from the masters. Cover subject Joseph Finder tells the story of writing high-octane protagonists, while Brad Thor reveals what goes into creating a terrifying antagonist. D.P. Lyle delivers the low-down on his new book: a comedic thriller! M.J. Rose tells how she uses sensory detail and imagination to create an evocative world. New York Times reporter Barry Meier takes us behind the scenes on writing a nonfiction narrative about the controversial American who disappeared in Iran.
In our column “Get It Right,” J.J. Hensley sets the record straight once and for all on what a U.S. Secret Service agent does—and doesn’t do. F. Paul Wilson reveals in this month’s “Turning Point” why he’s shifting away from his series. And in “Trend Report,” Dawn Ius saddles up to report on the life left in the Western. All three are must-reads.
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- Between the Lines: Joseph Finder, interview by James W. Ziskin
- Up Close: Interview with Brad Thor
- Turning Point: F. Paul Wilson
- International Thrills: Raymond Khoury
- Get It Right: J.J. Hensley on the Secret Service
- Trend Report: Dawn Ius on the Western Rebound
- Deep Six by D.P. Lyle
- The Secret Language of Stones by M.J. Rose
- The Service of the Dead by Candace Robb
- Ice Station Nautilus by Rick Campbell
- Ghost Sniper by Scott McEwen
- Read to Death by Terrie Farley Moran
- The Calamity Cafe by Gayle Leeson
- The Siege by Mark Alpert
- Mirage by Tracy Clark
- Never Missing, Never Found by Amanda Panitch
- The Prisoner of Hell Gate by Dana I. Wolff
- The Monster Underneath by Matthew Franks
- Missing Man by Barry Meier
- Someone Must Die by Sharon Potts
- Little Girl Gone by Gerry Schmitt
- The Lost Art Assignment by Austin S. Camacho
- Tag, You’re Dead by J. C. Lane
- Cannibals: Stories from the Edge of the Pine Barrens by Jen Conley
- Screen Test by Jerry Kennealy
- The Hemingway Thief by Shaun Harris
- Murder on the Quai by Cara Black
- Dark Blood by Caleb James
- The Image of Her by Lorna Peel
- Into the Whirlwind by Kat Martin
- The Trap by Melanie Raabe
- Paraíso by Gordon Chaplin
- A Cougar’s Kiss by Frank De Blase
- Let The Devil Out by Bill Loehfelm
- Code Name Jack Rabbit by Elizabeth Noble
- A Murder of Crows by Terrence McCauley
- The Yemen Contract by Arthur Kerns
- Baby Doll by Hollie Overton
- Body and Bone by L.S. Hawker
- Death Among the Mangroves by Stephen Morrill
- Sunken Dreams by Steven Kuehn
- Cascadia by H.W. Bernard
- A Story to Kill by Lynn Cahoon
- Resume Speed, Stories by Guinotte Wise
- No Safe Zone by Adite Banerjie
- Breath of Malice by Karen Fenech
- Torn by Cynthia Eden
- Bone Crack by Bette Golden Lamb and J J Lamb
- Student Bodies by Susan Israel
- Since She Went Away by David Bell
- The Body Reader by Anne Frasier
Coming Next Month
The latest thrillers from Megan Abbott, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Linda Fairstein, Susan Spann, DiAnn Mills, Christopher Farnsworth, Eric Van Lustbader, Rick Mofina, Mark Pryor, Laura McHugh, Amy Stuart, M. Elizabeth Lee, Jen Talty, Peter Robinson, Marla Cooper, James Swallow, Karen Bass, Mark Spivak and many more!
New E-Releases from ITW Members
- The Hooker by Simon Wood
- Obsessed By Darkness by Autumn Jordon
- Malbec Mayhem by Cathy Perkins
- Brown Sugar in Minnesota by Joe Field
- Trading Salvos by Holly A. Bell
- Daughter of Count Dracula: Kula’s Dilemma (Transylvanica High Series Book 3) by R. Barri Flowers
- Kaanapali Beach Paradise (A Maui Novelette, Part 2) by R. Barri Flowers
- Wings of Mayhem by Sue Coletta
- Coma by W.R.PARK
- Treacherous Wishes by Denise A. Agnew
- The Eye of Ra by Jeanne D’Août
- The Housewife Assassin’s Ghost Protocol by Josie Brown
- Rules of the Earth: A dark disturbing detective thriller by Wendy Cartmell
- The Devil Made Me Do It Again and Again: Thirteen Tales of Terror by Paul Dale Anderson
- Amaretto Amber by Traci Andrighetti
- Waking Up in Medellin by Kathryn Lane
- Fake (Finn Teller Corporate Spy Mystery #1) by Twist Phelan
- Feast by Jeremiah Knight
New Audio Books from ITW Members
ThrillerFest XI: There’s Still Time to Register!
The team is hard at work preparing for ThrillerFest XI where we’ll feature 2016 ThrillerMaster Heather Graham, 2016 Silver Bullet Recipient John Lescroart, and bestselling authors C.J. Box, Gillian Flynn and Walter Mosley. Like a compelling page-turner, we need to keep you in suspense, so stay tuned for more details!
Master CraftFest: Don’t miss this opportunity to study with the masters of the genre in a one-day intensive workshop to take your writing to the next level. Everyone is welcome, from beginning writers to well-established authors. The instructors this year will be Steve Berry, Grant Blackwood, David Corbett, Meg Gardiner, Heather Graham, Andrew Gross, Richard Krevolin (Screen Writing) and Gayle Lynds.
CraftFest: Director D.P. Lyle, M.D. is already recruiting talented teachers to broaden your knowledge about the craft of writing as well as experts in fields like forensics and firearms so you can get the facts right in your novel.
PitchFest: PitchFest is dedicated to pitching your project face-to-face to agents, editors, and producers. It’s an unprecedented opportunity for writers looking to get or change agents. Check out some success stories!
ThrillerFest: We’re planning some phenomenal panels, always trying to innovate and entertain. Join us for the spotlight interviews, cocktail parties, workshops, and fabulous networking opportunities. Please check the volunteer box during registration, as it’s a great way to make new friends and help out ITW.
The Thriller Roundtable
Whether you’re a fan or an author, you’ll want to join the Thriller Roundtable discussions at The Big Thrill website, where each week a new group of authors discuss everything from what they love about writing thrillers, to what they’ve learned, and more.
Check out what’s in store for July. It’s going to be a thriller!
July 18 – 25: “Dialogue 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?”
July 26 – August 1: “Developing the antagonist when a love interest goes bad: are broken-hearted villains suspenseful?”
Authors, don’t miss this promotional opportunity! Participate in the Thriller Roundtable by contacting J.H. Bográn.
The Neverending Book Giveaway
If you’re a thriller fan who likes to win free books, be sure to check out the Neverending Book Giveaway on The Big Thrill website. Sign up for as many of the contests as you like! Just post a reply, and you’re entered!
Don’t forget to scroll down the list of contests or CLICK HERE for more contests and giveaways so you don’t miss any. (Tip: to shorten the display, click “Toggle Comment Threads.”) And because this book giveaway is “neverending,” be sure to check back often to enter the latest drawings!
Congratulations to Stephen Morris, the winner of this month’s BIG THRILL giveaway. Stephen will receive an assortment of signed thrillers including Shattered by Death by Catherine Finger, The Hill by Karen Bass and Mirage by Tracy Clark and Lowcountry Book Club by Susan M. Boyer.
All subscribers to The Big Thrill webzine are automatically eligible for the monthly drawing. CLICK HERE to subscribe to The Big Thrill.