Thriller Roundtable

August 29 – September 4: “Do thriller writers have a responsibility not to put ideas into the heads of would-be criminals?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we’re joined by ITW Members Lynn Cahoon, Michael Byars Lewis and Christina Hoag to answer the question: Do thriller writers have a responsibility not to put ideas into the heads of would-be criminals?

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August 22 – 28: “Are thrillers naturally noir?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we’re joined by ITW Members Lynn Cahoon and Amy Stuart to discuss the question: Are thrillers naturally noir?

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August 15 – 21: “Who is your favorite protagonist of all time?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week join ITW Members Jessie Keane and J.H. Bográn as they answer the question: Who is your favorite protagonist of all time – and why?

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August 8 – 14: “How do writers alter thrillers for appeal to a YA audience?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we’re joined by ITW Members Catherine Finger, J. H. Bográn and Lissa Price as they discuss Young Adult thrillers. How do writers alter thrillers for appeal to a YA audience?

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August 1 – 7: “Tone: does consistency counter the unexpected and suspense?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Some writing teachers suggest that tone is about attitude and that tone should be consistent throughout a book. But doesn’t consistency counter the unexpected and suspense? This week we hear from Elaine Viets and John F. Dobbyn discussing tone.

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July 25 – 31: “Are broken-hearted villains suspenseful?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we’re discussing developing your antagonist when a love interest goes bad. ITW Members Lynn Cahoon, J.C. Lane, Terrence McCauley and Charles Atkins answer the question on everyone’s mind: Are broken-hearted villains suspenseful?

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July 18 – 24: “Dialogue can be tricky. How do you do it?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Dialogue can be tricky, as the author has to give each character a unique voice that is also distinct from his or her own. This week we’re joined by ITW Members Jean Harrington, Arthur Kerns, Bernard Maestas, L.S. Hawker, Shaun Harris, Lynn Cahoon, Terrie Farley Moran, J. C. Lane, Stephen Morrill, Steven Kuehn, Sharon Potts, Kat Martin, Elizabeth Noble, Susan Israel, Charles Atkins, D. P. Lyle, Joel Fishman, Jerry Kennealy and Alan Jacobson, to ask: How do you do it?

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July 11 – 17: “Can you identify leading trends among this year’s crop of nominees for ITW awards?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5To celebrate the 11th annual ThrillerFest and thriller awards, we’ve gathered some of this year’s nominees to discuss story trends. We’re joined by Sandra Block, Robert McClure, Diane Capri, David Morrell and Caitlin O’Connell to answer the question: Can you identify leading trends – besides good story, thrills and suspense – among this year’s crop of nominees for ITW awards?

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June 27 – July 3: “Do your characters have favorite cocktails and meals for the summer?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Summer’s in full swing, so we have to ask: Do your characters have favorite cocktails and meals for the summer? This week we’re joined by ITW Members Tim Baker, Robert Walton, Jennifer Delozier, James W. Ziskin, Camille Minichino, John Farrow and Manning Wolfe. Kick back with your favorite summertime beverage and enjoy!

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June 20 – 26: “Can you write from any location?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Can you write from any location? Does changing your setting, time or place, spur new ideas? This week, those are the questions we ask ITW Members J. M. LeDuc, Tim Baker, Mike Dellosso, Tom Breen, Mary Burton, Gordon Chaplin, Camille Minichino and John Farrow.

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June 13 – 19: “What are your favorite countries for settings?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we’re joined by ITW Members Tim Baker, Sidney Williams, Karen Harper, Robert Walton, Tom Breen, Connie Di Marco, J. T. Ellison, A. J. Kerns and John Farrow, to answer the question: What are your favorite countries for settings and why?

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June 6 – 12: “Are you satisfied with the number of reviews your books receive?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we ask ITW Members J. Todd Scott, Don Helin, Stephen Martino, Mary Burton and John Farrow: As a writer, are you satisfied with the number of reviews your books receive?

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May 30 – June 5: “Characters: do you start from scratch or use models?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we’re talking characters with ITW Members Kate Kessler, Patricia Rosemoor, Ralph Pezzullo, Jean Heller, Lisa Preston, Jennifer Soosar and William Lashner. When developing characters, do you start from scratch or use models (like real people or movie stars) to build from?

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May 23 – 29: “What is the best clue you’ve inserted into a novel?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Clues foreshadow how plots unfold and characters react. This week we ask ITW Members Susana CalkinsJean Heller, Jean Harrington and Lisa Preston what is the best clue you’ve inserted into a novel?

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May 9 – 15: “What are your favorite places for settings, and why?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week ITW Members Larry D. Sweazy, Christine Goff, Patricia Rosemoor, Ralph Pezzullo, Dave Edlund, Jean Heller, Magnolia Smith and A.J. Kerns discuss cities, regions and countries when they answer the question: What are your favorite places for settings, and why?

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