Thriller Roundtable

May 20 – 26: “How much leeway do authors have when playing with historic facts and characters?

thriller-roundtable-logo5ITW Members Meghan Holloway, Ronan Frost, R. G. Belsky, Heather Gudenkauf, Jon Land, Carole Lawrence and Anne Louise Bannon are here this week discussing historical thrillers. How much leeway do authors have when playing with historic facts and characters? Find out by scrolling down to the “comments” section. You won’t want to miss this!

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May 13 – 19: “How does a writer go about avoiding stereotyped characters?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we’re joined by ITW Members Wendy Walker, R. G. Belsky, Heather Gudenkauf, Christopher Golden and Ann Simas as they discuss how a writer goes about avoiding stereotyped characters. Is it possible to go to the other extreme? Find out by scrolling down to the “comments” section. You’ll want to read this!

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May 6 – 12: “Are authors expected to write plenty during the spring season?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5The month of May was named after the Roman goddess of fertility, Maia. This week ITW Members R. G. Belsky, Heather Gudenkauf, Graham Wynd, Christopher Golden and Kate White are discussing whether or not authors are expected to write plenty during the spring season? Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along. You won’t want to miss it!

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April 29 – May 5: “Methods of murder: what are some of the most memorable?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Murder is in the air this week as ITW Members T R Kenneth, Jerry Kennealy, Lisa Towles, Gary Haynes, Nicole Bross and Lynn Cahoon discuss the most unusual methods. Do writers try too hard and, if not, what are some of the most memorable? Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along. You won’t want to miss it!

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April 22 – 28: “Does ‘character-driven’ mean the plot should be simpler or more complex?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5With regard to novels, when we use terms like “character-driven” does that mean the plot should be simpler or more complex? This week we’re joined by ITW Members August Norman, T R Kenneth, Cathy Ace, Caitlin Starling, Jerry Kennealy, Lisa Towles, Gary Haynes, Rachel Caine, Elisabeth Elo, Nicole Bross, Lynn Cahoon and Laurie Stevens. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along. You won’t want to miss it!

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April 8 – 14: “What are the advantages or drawbacks of setting a novel around a holiday?

thriller-roundtable-logo5Setting a novel around a holiday, good idea, or not? This week ITW Members T. R. Kenneth, Cathy Ace, Bob Bickford, Gary Haynes, J. H. Bográn, Nicole Bross and Lynn Cahoon will discuss the advantages and drawbacks of using a holiday as the setting of a novel. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along. You won’t want to miss it!

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April 1 – 7: “Do you type your first draft, or write it long hand?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5For your first draft, do you automatically turn to your computer, or perhaps a notebook and a pencil instead? Do you type it, or write it in long hand? This week we’re joined by ITW Members Rachel Howzell Hall, August Norman, T. R. Kenneth, Cathy Ace, Caitlin Starling, Jerry Kennealy, Gary Haynes, Elisabeth Elo, J. H. Bográn, Nicole Bross, Lynn Cahoon and Kris Frieswick and we’re talking first drafts. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along. You won’t want to miss it!

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March 25 – 31: “Why do you think we’re always returning to the Holocaust during World War Two in books and movies?

thriller-roundtable-logo5The Holocaust during World War II is a recurring theme in books. This week ITW Members Jerry Amernic, Martin Roy Hill, Ellen Butler and J. H. Bográn will investigate why we’re always returning to that era in books, movies and stories in general? Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along!

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March 18 – 24: “What was the big lesson that awaited you after you completed your last novel?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we join veteran ITW Members Kay Kendall, Eileen Cook, Jacob Stone, Desiree Holt and Jerry Amernic as they discuss the big lesson learned after completing their last novel. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along. You won’t want to miss this!

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March 11 – 17: “What books are next to you when you write?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5A dictionary or thesaurus? The Chicago Manual of Style? Or, maybe nothing writing-related at all? This week join ITW Members Kay Kendall, Eileen Cook, Sherry Knowlton, J. H. Bográn, Meghan Holloway and Jerry Amernic as they discuss which books are next to them when they write? Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along. You won’t want to miss this!

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March 4 – 10: “How do you prepare to start a new book?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5It is often said that the first chapter is the hardest to write. This week ITW members Brad Parks, Kay Kendall, Eileen Cook, Jacob Stone, Sherry Knowlton, Bonnie Kistler, Keith Dixon, Desiree Holt, Diana Rodriguez Wallach and Jerry Amernic share some insight on how they prepare to start a new book. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along – you don’t want to miss it!

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February 25 – March 3: “What are the dangers of modeling characters after people you know?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week ITW Members Robert Dugoni, A. F. Brady, Rick Treon, John Vanek, Victoria Gilbert, Dana King, Russell James, Hilary Davidson and Hannah Mary McKinnon will discuss the dangers of modeling characters after people you know, and tell us when they resort to using this device. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along – you don’t want to miss it!

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February 18 – 24: “Do you remember when you fell in love with the thriller genre?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Love is in the air this week with ITW Members Russell James, Timothy Jay Smith, Ronnie Allen and J. H. Bográn! Join us they discuss when they fell in love with the thriller genre. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along – you’re going to love it!

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February 4 – 10: “Research, do you love it or hate it?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Zora Neale Hurston famously wrote, “Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.” This week we’re talking research and we’re joined by ITW members Rick Treon, James Grippando, Lee Goldberg, John Vanek, Victoria Gilbert, Tosca Lee, Dana King, Kat Martin, David Swinson, Barry Eisler, A. F. Brady and Meghan Holloway as they discuss the question: Research, do you love it or hate it? Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along – you won’t want to miss this!

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January 28 to February 3: “What is your favorite sub-genre of thrillers?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Domestic thrillers? Crime thrillers? Action thrillers? Historical thrillers? This week we ask ITW members Robert E. Kearns, Jess Montgomery, Larry Loftis, L. A. Starks, William L. Myers, Jr. and Keenan Powell to tell us your favorite sub-genre of thrillers and why? Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along – you won’t want to miss this!

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