Thriller Roundtable

May 25 – 31: “Have you used the American Psychological Association’s DSM V to help develop characters?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is the handbook used by health care professionals in the United States and much of the world as the authoritative guide to the diagnosis of mental disorders. This week ITW Members Wendy Tyson, Cat Connor, Linell Jeppsen, JG Faherty, Jean Heller, Colby Marshall and C. E. Lawrence discuss whether they’ve used the DSM V, or previous versions of the Diagnostic and Statistic Manuel of Mental Disorders, to help develop characters.

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May 18 – 24: “How intense is the plotting and vindictiveness of some houses – no names!”

thriller-roundtable-logo5People imagine the publishing world to be one of camaraderie. But is that naïve? This week ITW Members Ralph Pezzullo, Cat Connor, JG Faherty, Gary Grossman, Ines Eberl-Calic and Jean Heller discuss how intense the plotting and vindictiveness of some houses can be – no names!

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May 11 – 17: “What are the best bands for writing thrillers?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we join ITW Members Wendy Tyson, Ralph Pezzullo, Cat Connor, Kathrin Lange, JG Faherty, Barbara Petty, Suzanne Johnson, Gary Grossman, Arthur Kerns, Jean Heller and Andy Boot to discuss music and writing. What are the best bands for writing thrillers? Or does haunting classical music work best?

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May 4 – 10: “What are the considerations when adopting a title for a series?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we’re joined by ITW Members Michael J. Martinez, Larry D. Sweazy, J. L. Abramo, Ralph Pezzullo, Cat Connor, Layton Green, Robert Wilson, Penny Clover Petersen, Suzanne Johnson, Adrian Magson, Gary Grossman and Jean Heller as they discuss the things one must consider when adopting a title for a series?

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April 27 to May 3: “Is it difficult to write characters of the opposite sex?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Is it difficult to write characters of the opposite sex? This week ITW Members Raymond Benson, Jean Heller, Colin Campbell, J. L. Merrow, Alex Dolan, Anne Trager and A. J. Kerns join us to discuss how they tackle it.

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April 20 – 26: “Do you plot, plan, and outline?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Do you plot, plan, and outline? Or, do you just go where your characters lead you? This week, ITW Members Bruce Desilva, Jean Heller, Mark Petry, Simon Wood, H. W. “Buzz” Bernard, Vincent Zandri, Colin Campbell, Graham Smith, Gary Haynes, Brian Pinkerton, Kevin Egan, J. L. Merrow, Alex Dolan and Ellen Kirschman will discuss why some authors are plotters and others are pantsers.

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April 13 – 19: “Does your mood affect the scenes you’re writing?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week ITW Members Jean Heller, Colin Campbell and J. H. Bográn discuss whether your mood affects the scenes you’re writing, like letting anger make better fight scenes?
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April 6 – 12: “How do you create the perfect antagonist?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week ITW Members Jean Heller, Mark Petry, David Walton, Simon Wood, Jean Harrington, Graham Smith, David Levien, Gary Haynes, Kevin Egan, Susan Sleeman and Alex Dolan will discuss the question on everyone’s mind: “How do you create the perfect antagonist?”
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March 23 – 29: “Have international novels evolved in recent years?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week the Thriller Roundtable is going international! Join ITW Members Jean Heller, J. H. Bográn, Anderson Harp, Susan FroetschelShelley Coriell and Alan Field as they discuss the question: “Have international novels evolved in recent years?”

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March 16 – 22: “Should series characters change?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5The TV series Seinfeld claimed their characters never changed. This week ITW members Jean Heller, Glen Erik Hamilton, Nicole Maggi, Connie Di Marco, Cecilia Ekback, Alan Field and Jack Dewitt discuss whether or not the same rules should apply to characters in a book series.

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March 9 – 15: “How do you avoid the first chapter pitfall?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Do some writers tend to work too hard, too long on the first chapter and neglect the rest of the story? Join ITW members Jean Heller, Douglas Wynne, Douglas Seaver and Leonardo Wild as they discuss how to avoid that pitfall!

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March 2 – 8: “Do publishers fact-check – or is that the author’s job?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Do publishers fact-check – or is that the author’s job? Join ITW Members Jean Heller, Francine Mathews, Rick Campbell, Mary Louise Kelly, Cecilia Ekback and Jeffrey B. Burton as they discuss the big mistakes they’ve spotted.

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February 23 to March 1: “Do you remember your first thriller?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5The first time you discovered thrillers as a genre … do you remember which book and how it landed in your hands? This week, ITW Members Ryan Quinn, Sandra A. Block, Lisa Von Biela, Trisha Leaver, J. H. Bográn, Jean Heller and Bob Van Laerhoven will discuss their introduction to the thriller genre.

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February 16 – 22: “Could you write or revise your novel if word processors were not available?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5For some authors, computers and word processing programs are a necessity. For others, a pad and pencil will do. This week we ask ITW Members Ryan Quinn, Brian Pinkerton, Lisa Von Biela, Rebecca Cantrell, Jeffrey B. Burton, J. H. Bográn, Merry Jones and Jean Heller: “Could you write or revise your novel if word processors were not available – or do you?”

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February 9 – 15: “How do our stories lie?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5ITW Member Brian C. Poole says: “At heart all storytellers are liars.” This week, ITW Members Ryan Quinn, Ken Oxman, Susan Froetschel, Lisa Von Biela, Alexandra Sokoloff, Mike Pace, Jamie Mason, Merry Jones, Jean Heller and Lisa Unger will discuss how our stories lie!

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