Thriller Roundtable

May 2 – 8: “What are your characters’ favorite activities?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Characters in thrillers seem far too active to be couch potatoes. This week we ask ITW Members Kate Kessler, Patricia Rosemoor, Dave Edlund, Susanna C. Calkins and E. Michael Helms, what are your characters’ favorite activities?

 

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April 25 – May 1: “Imagine you could reach out to any author and ask a single question.”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Imagine you could reach out to any author (living or dead) and ask a single question. This week we ask ITW Members Thomas Kirkwood, Dustin Dodd, Elena Harwell, Jean Heller, J.D. Horn and J.L. Abramo which author would you choose? And, what is your question?

 

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April 18 – 24: “How do you avoid writer’s block?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we discuss what’s on every writer’s mind, at least from time-to-time: writer’s block. Join ITW Members E. M. Powell, Allison Brennan, Duffy Brown, Thomas Kirkwood, Janelle Samara, Alex Segura, Ryan Quinn, Elena Harwell, Lisa Preston, Robin Yocum, J. D. Horn, Arthur Kerns and Susan Mangiero as they answer the question: How do you avoid writer’s block?

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April 11 – 17: “How do you create fresh and unique action scenes?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Creating fresh and unique action scenes comes with the territory of writing thrillers. This week we ask the question on everyone’s mind: How do you do it? Join ITW Members Allison Brennan, Lisa Preston, Joe Hart, E. M. Powell, Thomas Kirkwood, Connie Archer, Reece Hirsch, Bobby Nash, Adrian Magson, Jeffery Hess, Ryan Quinn and Dustin Dodd for this can’t miss discussion.

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April 4 – 10: “Do you need music or absolute silence when writing?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5We have a steller line-up of ITW members this week as we delve into writing habits. Thomas Kirkwood, Janelle Samara, Bobby Nash, J. L. Abramo, Ryan Quinn, Chris Pavone, Alex Gordon, Elena Harwell, Allison Brennan, S.W. Lauden and Daco will answer the question on everyone’s playlist: Do you need music or absolute silence when writing?

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March 28 – April 3: “Discuss some of your favorite ‘door’ scenes.”

thriller-roundtable-logo5More action may take place around doors than any other architectural feature. This week ITW Members Ronnie Allen, Dave Edlund, Glen Erik Hamilton and A. J. Marcus discuss some of their favorite “door” scenes.

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March 14 – 20: “Must religion always be a clash?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week ITW Members Heather B. Moore, Libby Hellmann, Susan Froetschel, J. H. Bográn, Jean Heller and Jerry Amernic discuss religion and thrillers. Must religion, as described in thrillers, always be a clash?

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March 7 – 13: “How many thrillers do you read each year?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5How many thrillers do you read each year? This week ITW Members Heather B. Moore, Sanjida Kay, J. H. Bográn, Vaughn C. Hardacker and Jean Heller discuss what proportion thrillers represent of their overall reading and what were some favorites from last year?
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February 29 – March 6: “Does an author’s voice evolve with each novel?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Does an author’s voice evolve with each novel or are there consistencies over time? ITW Members John Hegenberger, Ronnie Allen, Dave Edlund, Heather B. Moore, James Grippando, Matthew Betley, Gwen Florio, Marissa Garner, Sanjida Kay, Karenna Colcroft, Peter Steiner, Philip Donlay and Vaughn C. Hardacker will discuss. Feel free to discuss your own work or some of your favorite examples.
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February 22 – 28: “Is juggling multiple points of view more, or less, challenging?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Thrillers and other forms of fiction, too, increasingly rely on multiple characters to present a narrative. This week ITW Members Suzanne Redfearn, Paul McGoran, Elizabeth Noble, Mark Alpert, Justin Bog, Bernard Maestas, Bill Schweigart, Johnny Shaw and Mike Dellosso discuss whether juggling multiple points of view is more, or less, challenging?
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February 15 – 21: “As a thriller writer, do you read or write in other genres?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5You write what you read, or so the old saying goes. This week ITW Members Michael E. Rose, Suzanne Redfearn, Paul McGoran, Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli, Ken Newman, Magnolia Smith, Carol Goodman, Jodi McIsaac, Bernard Maestas, Bill Schweigart and Michael Byars Lewis discuss whether they, as thriller writers, read or write in other genres?

 

 

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February 1 – 7: “Which matters more – sentence structure or word choice?

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week ITW Members Paul McGoran, Elizabeth Noble and Carol Goodman are discussing tone. In developing a thriller’s tone, which matters more – sentence structure or word choice?

 

 

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January 25 – 31: “Do thriller writers have conservative or liberal leanings?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5The presidential campaign is starting to heat up! This week, join ITW Members Jean Heller, Alan L. Moss, Claude Berube, Bernard Maestas and Michael Byars Lewis as they debate whether thriller writers have conservative or liberal leanings. Or, are they apolitical?

 

 

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January 18 – 24: “Describe your favorite techniques for strong pacing.”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we’re all about pacing on The Thriller Roundtable. Conciseness, partial clues, short chapters? ITW Members Brendan P. Rielly, W.D. Gagliani, Vincent Zandri, H.A. Raynes, Adrian Magson, Nina Mansfield, Jean Heller, Donna Warner, Bill Schweigart and Heather Moore describe their favorite techniques for strong pacing.

 

 

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January 11 – 17: “Are the lines between good and evil increasingly more ambiguous in modern thrillers?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5We have a full house this week! ITW Members Blair McDowell, Brendan P. Rielly, Kim Alexander, Rick Ollerman, John H. Gibson, W.D. Gagliani, Bernard Maestas, H.A. Raynes, Jean Heller, R. J. Harlick, C.E. Lawrence and Matthew FitzSimmons have gathered to answer the question: Are the lines between good and evil increasingly more ambiguous in modern thrillers?

 

 

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