The October issue brings you in-depth interviews with authors who’ve created amazing careers, from our cover subject Alex Kava to Jon Land, Charlaine Harris, Robert Dugoni, and Allen Eskens. In this month’s “Get It Right,” Bryan E. Robinson explains what thrillers get right—and wrong—about psychotherapy. Dawn Ius finds out why Jack the Ripper is slashing his way onto fiction lists again in “Trend Report.” And in “African Scene,” Annamaria Alfieri takes us to Mombasa.
This month marks the debut of an exciting partnership with The Thrill Begins: the Debut Author Spotlight interview. We kick it off with a great chat between Alex Dolan and Nina Mansfield!
Hot off the press:
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- Between the Lines: Alex Kava by Austin Camacho
- Up Close: Jon Land by David Swatling
- Get It Right: Bryan Robinson on Psychiatrists in Thrillers
- Trend Report: Jack the Ripper Strikes Again by Dawn Ius
- Debut Spotlight: Nina Mansfield by Alex Dolan
- Africa Scene: Annamaria Alfieri by Michael Sears
- International Thrills: Anita Nair by Layton Green
- All the Little Liars by Charlaine Harris
- The Heavens May Fall by Allen Eskens
- The Seventh Canon by Robert Dugoni
- Blonde Ice by R.G. Belsky
- Deep Cover Jack and Blood Trails by Diane Capri
- Yesternight by Cat Winters
- Triple Crown by Felix Frances
- Superfall by John Hegenberger
- Blood on the Tracks by Barbara Nickless
- The Vanishing Year by Kate Moretti
- Killing Thyme by Leslie Budewitz
- Tangled Up in Brew by Joyce Tremel
- Murder in G Major by Alexia Gordon
- Devil Sent the Rain by Lisa Turner
- Michaelangelo’s Ghost by Gigi Pandian
- Chills by Mary SanGiovanni
- A Kind of Justice by Renee James
- Tell Me No Lies by Lisa Hall
- Unlocked by Margo Kelly
- For Her Sins by Maynard Sims
- Mad Dog Barked by Rick Ollerman
- Skin of Tattoos by Christina Hoag
- The Off Season by Colleen Thompson
- Patriarch Run by Benjamin Dancer
- Fear in the French Quarter by Stephanie Osborne
- A Black Sail by Rich Zahradnik
Coming Next Month
The latest thrillers from David Morrell, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Lee Child, Mindy McGinnis, Kathy Reichs, Alexandra Sokoloff, Craig Robertson, Marcia Clark, Rick Reed, Ron McGee, Carolyn Marie Wilkins, Kyle Mills, Anna J. Stewart and many more!
ThrillerFest XII: Early Bird Registration is Open!
Your ThrillerFest team is already hard at work planning for next July’s conference where we’ll feature 2017 ThrillerMaster Lee Child, 2016 ThrillerMaster Heather Graham, 2017 Silver Bullet Award recipient Lisa Gardner, 2016 Silver Bullet Award recipient John Lescroart and MATCH UP (ITW Anthology) authors: Lara Adrian, Steve Berry, C.J. Box, Sandra Brown, Lee Child, Nelson DeMille, Diana Gabaldon, Andrew Gross, Charlaine Harris, Lisa Jackson, Peter James, J.A. Jance, Michael Koryta, Gayle Lynds, Val McDermid, David Morrell, Kathy Reichs, John Sandford, Lisa Scottoline, Karin Slaughter, and Eric Van Lustbader.
Like a compelling page-turner, we need to keep you in suspense, so stay tuned for more details!
Master CraftFest: An extraordinary opportunity for writers and authors to meet and learn from the best in the industry in a full day of teaching and review of sample writing on Tuesday.
CraftFest: A host of industry experts or phenomenal teachers helping writers and authors improve their craft or assist in advancing their careers in classroom-type settings of hour-long sessions throughout the day Wednesday and Thursday morning.
PitchFest: An incredible opportunity for writers to pitch their manuscripts to as many of the best agents, publishers, and editors in the industry as they want on Thursday afternoon. (Note: Registration for PitchFest is an additional cost to either CraftFest or ThrillerFest and cannot be purchased as a stand-alone event for writers.)
ThrillerFest: A wonderful opportunity to meet the most successful and bestselling thriller authors in the world, starting with the Opening Night Cocktail Party on Thursday evening, and continuing with panels, interviews, and autograph sessions on Friday and Saturday.
The Thriller Awards Banquet, which is an added feature on the registration options, provides attendees a chance to see authors recognized by their peers for their work on Saturday night, the closing event. This is an amazing experience for both the readers and authors and should not be missed.
ITW’s Fourth Annual Online ThrillerSchool!
Starts March 13th, 2017!
Seven Weeks! Seven Bestselling Authors!
Join Lee Child, Meg Gardiner, David Corbett, James Scott Bell, Peter James, Hank Phillippi Ryan and F. Paul Wilson.
In this seven-week program, which begins March 13th, 2017, the craft of thriller writing will be front and center. Each instructor will teach an aspect of craft though a podcast, written materials that include further reading and study suggestions, and an entire week of online Q&A with the registered students. The goal is simple: To make each student a better writer.
Like the past two years, the online school will fill up very quickly, so register soon. Visit ITW’s Online Thriller School for more information.
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 October. It’s going to be a thriller!
September 26 – October 2: “Can there be too many surprises in a thriller plot? Must each thrill help move the plot?”
October 3 – 9: “As a thriller writer, what is your favorite online tool?”
October 10 – 16: “Do you prefer to read a print book or on an E-Reader and why?”
October 17 – 23: “How do you develop scientific/technological plots? How far can imagination go and not fall into the realm of science fiction?”
October 24 – 30: “Can Halloween play a good setting in a thriller or is it destined to horror genre forever?”
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 Patrice Lockhart, the winner of this month’s BIG THRILL giveaway. Patrice will receive an assortment of signed thrillers including Independence Day by Bob Mayer, Overdrive by Dawn Ius, The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis, Outside the Lines by Sheila Lowe, Paraiso by Gordon Chaplin, Drive Time by Hank Phillippi Ryan, Woman Without Fear by J.P. Touzeau and The Vanishing Year by Kate Moretti.
All subscribers to The Big Thrill magazine are automatically eligible for the monthly drawing. CLICK HERE to subscribe to The Big Thrill.