Thriller Roundtable

December 9 – 15: “Can there be too many surprises in a thriller plot?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we’re joined by ITW members Matt Coyle, Susan Sleeman, Colleen Winter and Matt Buchman as they answer the questions: Can there be too many surprises in a thriller plot? Must each thrill help move the plot? Whenever you’re ready just scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along!

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December 2 – 8: “Do day jobs get in the way of writing thrillers?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Do day jobs get in the way of writing thrillers? And, while we’re at it, when might they help? This week we’re chatting with ITW members Joel Barrows, Dawn Ius, Susan Sleeman, Colleen Winter, Tom Wither, J. H. Bográn and Felix Francis. Whenever you’re ready just scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along!

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November 18 – 24: “Clichés—love them or hate them?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week ITW members Nigel Bird, David Simms, Nick Kolakowski, Avanti Centrae, Lisa de Nikolits, Nicole Mabry, Keith Dixon, Susan Alice Bickford, T. G. Wolff, Dave Edlund, John Farrow and Leanna Renee Hieber are talking clichés: story; character; dialogue and setting clichés, do you love them, or hate them? Whenever you’re ready just scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along!

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November 11 – 17: “What are the advantages of using new media to bridge readers with authors?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5We have a full house this week with ITW members Cat Connor, Tori Eldridge, David Simms, Nick Kolakowski, Avanti Centrae, Randall Krzak, Erica Wright, Lisa de Nikolits, T. G. Wolff and Lee Gimenez discussing new media: What are the advantages of using new media to bridge readers with authors? Keep your notebooks handy and scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along!

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November 4 – 10: “Imagine you’re giving a two-minute ‘state of industry’ speech to ITW members. What would you say?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Stage fright aside, let’s imagine for a moment that you are invited to give a two-minute “state of industry” speech to ITW members. What would you say? Follow along by scrolling down to the “comments” section below to see what ITW members David Simms, Nick Kolakowski, Avanti Centrae, Lisa de Nikolits, T. G. Wolf and John Farrow would include in their speech.

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October 28 – November 3: “Do you like horror?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5As thriller writers, do you like horror? Have you written anything in that genre? This week we’re talking to ITW Members J. T. Patten, Mark Atley, Martin Roy Hill, Marietta Miles and David Simms about all things that go bump in the night! Follow along by scrolling down to the “comments” section below.

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October 21 – 27: “What are your best sources for research?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Please remember to always cite your sources! This week we’re asking ITW members Ellen Butler, James R. Hannibal, Raymond Benson, Lois Winston, Mark Atley, Martin Roy Hill and Marietta Miles what are your best sources for research? Follow along by scrolling down to the “comments” section below.

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October 14 – 20: “What features of a thriller by an unknown author would make you want to read it?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week ITW Members Marietta Miles, James R. Hannibal, Alex Lettau and Mark Atley are talking about unknowns, such as unknown authors: What features of a thriller by an unknown author would make you want to read it? Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along. You won’t want to miss this!

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October 7 – 13: “Is it hard to start a new novel?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5ITW members Elizabeth Goddard, James R. Hannibal, D. P. Lyle, Mark Atley, Marietta Miles, J. H. Bográn and Dana King are here this week to address the questions on everyone’s mind: Is it hard to start a new novel? Is there a difference between writing a series or stand-alone? Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along. You won’t want to miss this!

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September 30 – October 6: “What is one myth about being an author you’d like to debunk?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week ITW members Christopher Brown, Catharine Riggs, DiAnn Mills, Steve Anderson, Kat Martin, Joanna Davidson Politano and A. J. Kerns are the literary equivalent of the Myth Busters crew. This week’s question: What is one myth about being an author you’d like to debunk? Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along. You won’t want to miss this!

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September 23 – 29: “Are thriller authors particularly pressured to write fast?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5A.J. Liebling once quipped, “I can write faster than anyone who can write better, and I can write better than anyone who can write faster.” Are thriller authors particularly pressured to write fast? This week we’ll hear from ITW Members Christopher Brown, DiAnn Mills, Don Helin and Reece Hirsch. You won’t want to miss it! Scroll down to the “comments” section section to follow along…but be quick about it!

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September 16 – 22: “Do you prefer to read a print book or on an E-Reader, and why?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we’re rekindling the age-old debate: paper book vs. e-book. Join ITW Members Joanna Davidson Politano, DiAnn Mills, Don Helin and Steve Anderson as they discuss whether they prefer to read a print book or on an e-reader. Follow along in the comments section below!

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September 9 – 15: “What are high stakes and why are they important?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5We hear the phrase “high stakes” quite often when it comes to writing and storytelling, but what does it really mean. This week we’re joined by ITW Members DiAnn Mills, Reece Hirsch, J. H. Bográn and Joanna Davidson Politano as they define high stakes and explain why they are so important. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along. You won’t want to miss this!

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September 2 – 8: “How do you overcome the challenges of being both an agent/editor and a published author?

thriller-roundtable-logo5Wearing two hats can present some unusual challenges. This week we’re joined by authors who are also agents and/or editors, to ask: How do you overcome the challenges of being both an agent/editor and a published author? Please welcome Paula Munier, Juliet Grames, Jason Pinter, Lois Winston and Dawn Ius! Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along. You won’t want to miss this!

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August 26 – September 1: “Besides thrillers, what other genres do you love to read/write?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Everyone here at ITW loves thrillers, but this week we’re wondering what other genres you love to read and even write? Join ITW Members Alex Segura, Lynn Chandler Willis, Ann Simas and J. H. Bográn as they discuss stepping out side the thriller genre. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along. You won’t want to miss this!

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