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The August edition of the Big Thrill is here!

29 brand new thrillers from ITW Members, including debut novels from Ted Oswald, M.P. Cooley, Stacy Childs and David Niall Wilson, plus a Between The Lines Interview with Linwood Barclay by A.J. Colucci and the Africa Scene with Andrew Brown. We also have a can't-miss Special to the Big Thrill: ThrillerFest IX recap by Kimberley Howe and Anthony J. Franze!

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Thriller Roundtable

August 25 – 31: “Are there specific requirements for dialogue in thrillers?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Summer’s coming to an end and this week we’re talking dialogue with ITW Members M.P. Cooley, Thomas Waite, Kelli Stanley, John Florio, Ken Kuhlken, Whitley Strieber and Michael Richards. Are there specific requirements for dialogue in thrillers?

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August 18 – 24: “Do day jobs get in the way of writing thrillers – and when do they help?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5“Do day jobs get in the way of writing thrillers? When do they help?” This week ITW Members M.P. Cooley, Stacy J. Childs, Kelli Stanley, John Florio, Ken Kuhlken, Whitley Strieber, Lee Thompson, Shirley McCann, Linda Davies and Michael Richards discuss day job pros and cons!

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August 11 – 17: “Do you have a favorite, lesser known source for international news?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we join ITW Members A. J. Kerns, Charlie Flowers, Whitley Strieber, and C.E. Lawrence to discuss international news. Do you have a favorite, lesser known source for international news?

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August 4 – 10: “Are author blurbs over the top?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we join ITW Members John Florio, A. J. Kerns, Charlie Flowers  and Whitley Strieber to discuss what author blurbs. Are they over the top? Are they as effective today as they used to be? You won’t want to miss this!

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July 28 – August 2: “How has climate change affected the way we write about weather?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Weather was long a neglected stepchild in settings, with a few perfunctory descriptions at the start of a book along the lines of “It was a dark and stormy night.” Have concerns about climate change turned that around? Or has climate change become the next perfunctory aspect of setting? This week we join ITW Members Terri Anne Stanley, Merry Jones, J. H. Bográn, Susan Froetschel, Luke McCallin, Rachel Howzell Hall and Amy Lignor to discuss!

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July 21 – 27: “Do you read or write in other genres?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5You write what you read, or so the old saying goes. This week join ITW Members and thriller writers Amy Lignor, Steve Philip Jones, David M. Salkin, Terri Anne Stanley, Merry Jones, Maegan Beaumont, Steve Attridge, Wendy Tyson, Sam Cabot, Alan Brenham, Luke McCallin, A.J. Colucci, Robert K. Lewis and Brian Poole to ask: “Do you read or write in other genres?”

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July 14 – 20: “How do you organize plot as a writer?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5We’re back from ThrillerFest IX with ITW Members Terri Anne Stanley, DiAnn Mills, Alan Brenham, Merry Jones, Matthew Quirk, Steve Attridge, Wendy Tyson, Rachel Howzell Hall, Arthur Kerns, Sam Cabot, Kathrin Lange and Amy Lignor answering the question: “As a writer, how do you organize plot?”

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June 23 – 29: “How do your reading and writing habits change in the summer?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Summer is upon us! This week we ask ITW Members Cat Connor, Susan Israel, Kate White, Kym Brunner, Tim Waggoner and Amy Lignor how their reading and writing habits change in the summer?

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June 16 – 22: “How has an editor’s advice helped with your story?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we turn to editorial advice and ask ITW Members Meg Gardiner, Kate White, Sheila Lowe, Tom Wither, Kym Brunner, Ridley Pearson, Tim Waggoner, Kathrin Lange, Amy Lignor and Neil Plakcy: “How has an editor’s advice helped with your story?”

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June 9 – 15: “Are thriller writers biased? Or do some of us go too far in trying to beat down stereotypes?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week ITW Members Don Helin, Joan Hall Hovey, Cat Connor, Karen Keskinen, Graeme Shimmin, Tim Waggoner, Kathrin Lange, Amy Lignor and Rory Flynn discuss biases and stereotypes: “Are thriller writers biased? Or do some of us go too far in trying to beat down stereotypes?”

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June 2 – 8: “Are thriller writers particularly pressured to write too fast?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week ITW Members Karen Dionne, Cat Connor, Susan Israel, Kate White, Robert Rotstein, Ridley Pearson, Amy Lignor and Tim Waggoner discuss writingreallyfast and answer the question: “Are thriller writers particularly pressured to write too fast?”

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May 26 – June 01: “Can a plot get too intricate?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week ITW Members Shiloh WalkerThomas M. Malafarina, Bill DeSmedt, Michael Niemann, Lisa Von Biela, J. H. Bográn and Alan Field discuss setting limits. “At what point does a book require a map, a list of characters, a genealogical diagram? Can a plot get too intricate?”

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May 19 – 25: “What happens when Hollywood calls?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5With the Hollywood summer blockbuster season right around the corner, the Big Thrill can’t help but ask: “What happens when Hollywood calls?” This week, ITW Members Johnny Shaw, Ralph Pezzullo, Neil Russell, Thomas M. Malafarina, Rex Burns, Ted Scofield, Lisa Von Biela and Alan Field will answer that call!

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May 12 – 18: “What are the secrets to creating a popular anti-hero?”

Anti-heroes are popular on television. thriller-roundtable-logo5 This week ITW Members Bill DeSmedt, Alan Field, Patrick Freivald, William Dietrich, Ralph Pezzullo, Gary Kriss, Thomas M. MalafarinaTed Scofield, Lisa Von Biela, and Brandon Hebert will answer the question: “What are the secrets to making a popular anti-hero?”

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May 5 – 11: “How do you separate the author from your characters?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5 This week ITW Members William P. Wood, Amy Shojai, William Dietrich, Ralph Pezzullo, Gary Kriss, John Lescroart, Thomas M. Malafarina, Rex Burns, Michael Niemann, Ted Scofield, Lisa Von Biela, Bob Walton, Brandon Hebert and Tom Avitabile answer the question on everyone’s mind: “How do you separate the author from your characters?”

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