In this issue we truly learn from the best. Lisa Gardner tells how she stays on top of her thriller career. Rhys Bowen explains how her determination to write her book her way won out. And we hear exciting stories from other suspense stars: Catherine Coulter and J. T. Ellison, Brad Parks, James Grippando, and Brian Andrews and Jeff Wilson.
In Author Guided Tour, Barry Lancet takes us to Kyoto. We meet Michael Niemann in “African Scene” and Ragnar Jónasson of Iceland in “International Thrills.” And in “Debut Spotlight,” Jennifer Hillier interviews Isabella Maldonado.
A book like no other is Anatomy of Innocence: Testimonies of the Wrongfully Convicted, an anthology that pairs thriller authors with men and women who spent time in prison for crimes they did not commit.
Hot off the press:
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- Between the Lines: Lisa Gardner by Nancy Bilyeau
- Author Guided Tour: Barry Lancet on Kyoto
- International Thrills: Ragnar Jónasson by David Swatling
- Africa Scene: Michael Neimann by Michael Sears
- Debut Spotlight: Isabella Maldonado by Jennifer Hillier
- Turning Point: Rhys Bowen by Nancy Bilyeau
- Up Close: Anatomy of Innocence Testimonies of the Wrongfully Convicted
- Up Close: Catherine Coulter and J. T. Ellison by E. M. Powell
- Up Close: Brad Parks by J. H. Bográn
- Up Close: Charles Salzberg by Nancy Bilyeau
- Up Close: Matthew Betley by Wendy Tyson
- Up Close: James Grippando by April Snellings
- Up Close: Brian Andrews and Jeff Wilson by Steve Vincent
- Up Close: J. H. Bográn by Austin Camacho
- Facials Can Be Fatal by Nancy J. Cohen
- The Art of Vanishing by Cynthia Kuhn
- Child’s Play by Merry Jones
- Seconds to Midnight by Philip Donlay
- Bloody Paradise by Jame DiBiasio
- Tell Me No Lies by Lynn Chandler Willis
- The Mystery of the Curiosities by C. S. Poe
- No Darker Place by Debra Webb
- The Logan Triad by Nathan Walpow
- The Tesla Objective by David Sakmyster
- Invasion: Ice Hammer (Book 1) by Basil Sands
- Besieged by A. J. Tata
- Before Sunrise by Rick Mofina
- Korrosion by Peter Beck
- Her True Match (X-OPS 6) by Paige Tyler
- The Housewife Assassin’s Terrorist TV Guide by Josie Brown
- 15 Minutes by Larissa Reinhart
- Dead in the Water by Annelise Ryan
- Where the Lost Girls Go by R. J. Noonan
- The Damselfly by S. J. I. Holliday
- Illicit Trade by Michael Niemann
- Police at the Station & They Don’t Look Friendly by Adrian McKinty
- Envy the Dead by Robert J. Randisi
- Prayer for the Dead by James Oswald
- Elisha Mancer by E. C. Ambrose
- Shadows and Echoes by James Cabot
- Disciples of Death by Paul Howard
- Astoria Nights by Paul A. Barra
Coming Next Month
The latest thrillers from Lisa Unger, Steve Berry, Greg Isles, Lori Rader-Day, Anthony J. Franze, Kate White, Alex Segura, Wendy Tyson, Tim Waggoner, DiAnn Mills, T. C. LoTempio, Vicki Delany, Sue Owens Wright, Cara Putman, Andrew Bourelle, Sanjida Kay, Jacob Stone, Elizabeth Goddard, Thomas Pluck, Terry Shames, J. L. Abramo, Lisa Von Biela, Karen E. Olson, Toni Anderson and many more!
ThrillerFest XII: 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 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.
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 March. You won’t want to miss it!
March 6 – 12: “Societies are increasingly doubting the expert opinions in science, politics, economics and more. Does the internet or do thrillers contribute to the skepticism?”
March 13 – 19: “Homes in thrillers? Do apartments, cottages, McMansions or hotel rooms work best for thrillers? Describe how home for your protagonists shape the story.
March 20 – 26: “Adorable and sweet animals can turn nasty. A classic example is The Birds by Hitchcock. Can these transformations backfire?”
March 27 – April 2: “Keeping lists – does this organizing strategy help or distract from writing?”
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!