Thriller Roundtable

February 17 – 23: “Are broken-hearted villains suspenseful?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we’re talking charcater development with ITW members Debbie Herbert, R. J. Pineiro, Allison Brennan, Frank Zafiro, Basil Sands and Mitch Silver. While developing the antagonist when a love interest goes bad: are broken-hearted villains suspenseful? Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along. You won’t want to miss it!

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February 10 – 16: “What’s love got to do with it?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5How can love drive the plot of a thriller story, or in the words of Tina Turner: What’s love got to do with it? That’s the question of the week for ITW members Allison Brennan, Saralyn Richard, Khaled Talib, J. H. Bográn, Frank Zafiro, Lisa Harris, Natalie Walters and Mitch Silver. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along. You won’t want to miss it!

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February 3 – 9: “How do you determine when a story is ready?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5We’ve got a full house this week, with ITW members Tom Threadgill, Debbie Herbert, R. J. Pineiro, Christina McDonald, Ann Parker, Jon Bassoff, Jeff Gunhus, Frank Zafiro, Natalie Walters, Robert Walton and Mitch Silver discussing how they determine when a story is ready. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along. You won’t want to miss it!

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January 27 – February 2: “What can thriller writers learn from the film industry?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Many books are optioned, although not many are actually turned into feature length films. This week ITW members David William Pearce, J. H. Bográn, Lisa Black and Kathryn Lane discuss what thriller writers can learn from the film industry. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along. You won’t want to miss it!

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January 20 – 26: “What is your favorite thriller sub-genre?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Military thrillers? Mysteries? Espionage? Domestic thrillers? This week we’re asking ITW members David William Pearce, Bonnar Spring, Cathi Stoler, Lynette Eason and C. S. O’Cinneide what is your favorite thriller sub-genre, and why? Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along!

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January 13 – 19: “What About Language?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5In On Writing, Stephen King tells the story of asking Amy Tan what’s the one question she’s never asked in a Q&A. She responded, “They never ask about the language.” So, we’re asking ITW members David William Pearce, Bryan Gruley, Jess Montgomery, Bonnar Spring, Lynette Eason, Ann Parker and C.S. O’Cinneide: What about language? How much credence do you give it? What does it do for your story? Characters? Dialogue? Setting? The reader? How important is it?

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January 6 – 12: “Please share with us your writing-related resolutions for 2020?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5We’re kicking off the 2020 Roundtable with ITW members J. C. Kenney, Benni Chisholm, J. H. Bográn and Phil Kurthausen! Please share with us your writing-related resolutions for 2020. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along. Happy New Year!

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December 16 – 22: “Which thrillers remind you of Christmas?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Some consider Die Hard to be the best Christmas movie, while also being a thriller. This week we’re asking ITW Members Susan Sleeman, Lyndee Walker, and J. H. Bográn, which thriller novels remind you of Christmas? Tune in below in the “comments” section to follow along!

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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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