Thriller Roundtable

April 24 – 30: “Of the books you have written, which is your favorite?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we’re joined by ITW Members Lisa von Biela, John Hegenberger, Vicki Delany, Toni LoTempio, Cara Putman, DiAnn Mills, Lori Rader-Day, Alex Segura and A. J. Kerns who will discuss their favorite books…that they’ve written: “Of the books you have written, which is your favorite? And do your readers necessarily agree?”

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April 17 – 23: “Mental illness in thrillers?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week ITW Members Lisa von Biela, Thomas Pluck and DiAnn Mills will discuss mental illness in thrillers. Is it always the antagonist? And, if not, are social ills always to blame?

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April 10 – 16: “What about beverages?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Books often focus in on food but what about beverages? This week a full slate of ITW Members, including Lisa von Biela, Maris Soule, David White, Debbie De Louise, Vicki Delany, Toni LoTempio, Sue Owens Wright, Albert Tucher, Jake Bible, DiAnn Mills, Armand Rosamilia and Kate White discuss how thriller writers work coffee, alcohol or water into the lives of their characters.

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April 3 – 9: “Which thriller writers are skilled at educating the public on otherwise difficult public and business programs?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Fiction can educate – explaining the routines and need for national security, public safety, and other government or corporate operations. This week ITW Members Lisa Von Biela, Susan Froetschel and J. H. Bográn answer the question, “Which thriller writers are skilled at educating the public on otherwise difficult public and business programs?”

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March 27 – April 2: “Does keeping lists distract from writing?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Lists, lists and more lists. Does keeping lists help or distract from writing? ITW Members E. C. Ambrose, Charles Salzberg and Nancy J. Cohen weigh in on their list making process this week on the Thriller Roundtable.

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March 20 – 26: “Adorable and sweet animals can turn nasty. Can these transformations backfire?

thriller-roundtable-logo5Adorable and sweet animals can turn nasty. A classic example is The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock. This week ITW Members Larissa Reinhart, Toni LoTempio and J. H. Bográn discuss whether or not these transformations can backfire?

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March 13 – 19: “Do apartments, cottages, McMansions or hotel rooms work best for thrillers?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Homes in thrillers? Do apartments, cottages, McMansions or hotel rooms work best for thrillers? This week ITW Members Phillip Donlay, Lynn Chandler Willis, David Sakmyster, Michael Niemann, Debra Webb, Merry Jones, Nathan Walpow and Paul A. Barra describe how a home for their protagonists shapes the story.

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March 6 – 12: “Do thrillers contribute to the skepticism?

thriller-roundtable-logo5Societies are increasingly doubting the expert opinions in science, politics, economics and more. Does the internet, or do thrillers, contribute to the skepticism? That is the question posed to this week’s ITW Members Lynn Chandler Willis, Michael Niemann and Merry Jones.

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February 27 – March 5: “Do you review books in your genre?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Some authors refuse to blurb or review books in their genre, because as one put it, she did not want to be accused of borrowing ideas. This week we ask ITW Members David Alexander, Adrian Magson, Jon Land, A. J. Kerns, J. H. Bográn, Wendy Byrne and Frank Zafiro, do you review books in your genre?

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February 20 – 26: “How long does it take you to write a book?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5How long does it take you to write a book? Why do some stories flow so much faster than others? These are the questions posed this week to ITW Members Karen Harper, Jean Harrington, David Alexander, Heidi Renee Mason, Winter Austin, Paul D. Marks, Adrian Magson, Susan Fleet, A.J. Kerns and Ronnie Allen.

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February 13 – 19: “Do you encourage your family and community to read more?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we’re joined by ITW Members Winter Austin, Christopher Mari, Paul D. Marks, Lisa Black and Frank Zafiro. The question on everyone’s mind is, “as an author, do you encourage your family and community to read more?”

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February 6 – 12: “How is the outcome of the 2016 US presidential election going to change thrillers?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Join ITW Members David Alexander, John Falbey and Jon Land as they discuss how the outcome of the 2016 US presidential election is going to change thrillers. You won’t want to miss it!

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January 30 – February 5: “Antagonists, why do we love to hate them?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we’re joined by ITW Members Sarah K. Stephens, Ritter Ames, Steven Konkoly, Rachel Amphlett, Linda Lee Kane, Patricia Smiley, Jane Jordan, A.J. Kerns and Mary Lawrence as they discuss antagonists: why do we love to hate them?

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January 23 – 29: “What is your take on music for writing?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Some authors publish playlists of the music they listened to while writing, or that otherwise inspired their novel. This week we ask ITW Members Sarah K. Stephens, Angel Luis Colón, Linda Lee Kane and Patricia Smiley, what is your take on music for writing?

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January 16 – 22: “What is the riskiest thing you’ve done in the name of research?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5To research, or not to research, has never really been the question, but this week we’re joined by ITW Members Alison Joseph, Linda Lee Kane, Patricia Smiley and Vincent Zandri to answer the question: “What is the riskiest thing you’ve done in the name of research?”

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