In the May cover story, Jenny Milchman shares the story of her publishing journey. Jeffery Deaver reveals the genesis for his character, Lincoln Rhyme. And bestsellers Jacqueline Winspear, Raymond Benson, Jon Land, and Patricia Rosemoor take us behind the scenes of their new novels.
In “Spotlight,” a new column in The Big Thrill, respected book editor Neil Nyren talks about the debut novel of August Thomas. Dawn Ius reports on the trend of historical suspense and how it delivers readers with the ultimate escape from reality. “International Thrills” interviews Danish bestseller Sara Blaedel, and “Africa Scene” travels to the Cape Town of author Paul Mendelson.
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- Between the Lines: Jenny Milchman by Dawn Ius
- Off the Page: Jeffery Deaver on Creating a Character
- Africa Scene: Paul Mendelson by Michael Sears
- International Thrills: Sara Blaedel by Layton Green
- Trend Alert: The Lure of Historical Suspense by Dawn Ius
- Spotlight: New column by Neil Nyren: August Thomas
- Up Close: Jacqueline Winspear by Nancy Bilyeau
- Up Close: Raymond Benson by R. G. Belsky
- Up Close: Brian Andrews by Mark Alpert
- Up Close: Jon Land by Wendy Tyson
- Up Close: Mariah Fredericks by Nancy Bilyeau
- Up Close: R. G. Belsky by Bryan Robinson
- Up Close: Patricia Rosemoor by E. M. Powell
- Up Close: April Snellings by Dawn Ius
- Up Close: Alex Segura by Nancy Bilyeau
- Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers and Felonies by Donna Andrews, Barb Goffman, and Marcia Talley
- Vice Enforcer by S. A. Stovall
- Unloaded Volume 2 by Eric Beetner (Editor)
- Farewell, My Cuckoo by Marty Wingate
- The Black Car Business Volume 1 by Lawrence Kelter (Editor)
- Tushhog by Jeffery Hess
- Besphinxed by Alethea Kontis
- Madam Tulip and the Bones of Chance by David Ahern
- Shadow of Doubt by Linda Poitevin
- Death By Opera by Erica Miner
- The Soul of a Thief by Steven Hartov
- A Hole in One: A Glass Dolphin Mystery by Judy Penz Sheluk
- Forsaken by Michael McBride
- The Garden of Blue Roses by Michael Barsa
- The Dark Side of Town by Sasscer Hill
- Area 51: Redemption by Bob Mayer
- Albatross by Ryan Sayles
- Isabella’s Painting by Ellen Butler
- A Perfect Shot by Robin Yocum
- Pray for the Innocent by Alan Orloff
- The Bookworm by Mitch Silver
- Gumshoe on the Loose by Rob Leininger
- See Also Proof by Larry D. Sweazy
- The Window by Amelia Brunskill
- Here and Gone by Ann Simas
- My Mother’s Secret by Sanjida Kay
Coming Next Month
The latest thrillers from Robert Dugoni, E. M. Powell, James W. Ziskin, Matthew Betley, Cynthia Swanson, Chris Bauer, Holly Brown, Paul Levine, James Hankins, Terrence McCauley, Vaseem Khan, Steena Holmes, R. Barri Flowers, Diana Munoz Stewart, Paul Kemprecos, Ralph Pezzullo, Bryon Quertermous, Leslie Budewitz, Adam Hamdy, Lawrence Kelter, Gerard O’Donovan, Cristine Carbo, Linda Lovely, K. R. Richardson, Paul Gitsham and many more!
ThrillerFest XIII: Registration is Open!
Your ThrillerFest team proudly announces that the 2018 conference, held at the Grand Hyatt, New York City from July 10-14, will include:
• 2018 ThrillerMaster George R.R. Martin
• 2018 Silver Bullet Award James Rollins
• 2017 ThrillerMaster Lee Child
• 2017 Silver Bullet Award Lisa Gardner
• 2018 Spotlight Guest Megan Abbott
ATF Pre-Conference Workshop: Presented by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). Add authenticity to your thrillers! The pre-conference ATF Workshop is a limited attendance event on the day before the main elements of the ThrillerFest conference. The cost is $150 which includes morning coffee service. Lunch is on your own during a 1.5 hour break. Space is limited and has previously sold out quickly. The workshop will be held at the Grand Hyatt.
Master CraftFest: This one-day intensive writing program allows your instructor to focus on your craft and your story. Everyone is welcome, from beginning writers to well-established authors. Teachers for Master CraftFest 2018 include top-selling members of ITW who will work with you in a small class setting. Instructors this year will be Steve Berry, Gayle Lynds, Grant Blackwood, F. Paul Wilson, Don Maass, Steven James, DP Lyle, and others. Space is limited, so sign up soon.
CraftFest: Learn the craft of thriller writing from the best in the genre! Hone your thriller writing skills on many topics to provide you with the tools needed to take your writing to the next level. Special feature: CareerFest! Now that you’ve written that sparkling manuscript, where do you go from there? You don’t want to miss it!
PitchFest: You asked for a time dedicated to pitching your projects to agents, editors, publishers, and producers – we listened! Face-to-face pitching with top agents who are actively looking for new thriller writer clients. Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity. Purchase an admittance package that includes PitchFest.
ThrillerFest: Spotlight guests, extraordinary programming, author book signings, and camaraderie. Includes the ThrillerFest Grand Opening Reception on Thursday evening.
Thriller Award Banquet: 2018 ThrillerMaster George R.R. Martin will receive his ThrillerMaster Lifetime Achievement award, introduced by 2017 ThrillerMaster Lee Child. 2017 Silver Bullet Award Lisa Gardner will present the 2018 Silver Bullet Award to James Rollins. All Thriller Award Winners will be announced. Fun, entertainment, and before and after cocktail parties!
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 May. You won’t want to miss it!
April 30 – May 6: “How do you add realism to your dialogue lines?”
May 7 – 13: “Short stories and anthologies are becoming popular again, besides the length, what´s the main difference when writing one as opposed to a novel?”
May 14 – 20: “Do you prefer to write during the early morning or at dead of night? Why?”
May 21 – 27: “First Person or Third Person or Something Else: How to decide?”
May 28 – June 3: “How do you deal with writer’s block?”
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 Nancy Nau Sullivan, the winner of this month’s BIG THRILL giveaway. Nancy will receive an assortment of signed thrillers including Lizzie by Dawn Ius, The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne, Daily Writing Resilience by Bryan E. Robinson, Ph. D., Chasing Shadows by Karen Harper, Bluff by Michael Kardos, The Bone Curse by Carrie Rubin, There Once Was a Child by Debra Webb, Force of Impact by Bryan Cassiday, The Fall of Grace by Amy Fellner Dominy and The Color of Murder by Loretta Moore.
All subscribers to The Big Thrill magazine are automatically eligible for the monthly drawing. CLICK HERE to subscribe to The Big Thrill.