Thriller Roundtable

November 12 – 18: “Are book signings profitable to a writer’s career?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week ITW Members DiAnn Mills, Judy Penz Sheluk, Vicky Delany, Bruce Robert Coffin, Lynn Cahoon, Karen Harper, Arthur Kerns and Roger Angle will discuss author book signings: Are book signings profitable to a writer’s career? Scroll down to the “comments” section follow along!

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November 5 – 11: “Readers seem to expect plot twists and surprises told inside a familiar story structure. How do you reconcile this?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Readers seem to expect plot twists and surprises told inside a familiar story structure. This week we’re joined by ITW members DiAnn Mills, Judy Penz Sheluk, Tom Pitts, Robert Rotstein, Bruce Robert Coffin, Lynn Cahoon and Jon Land as they discuss how, as authors, do you reconcile this?

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October 29 – November 4: “Do authors sometimes regret killing off a character?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5The great William Faulkner is often attributed as the source of the quote, “In writing, you must kill all your darlings,” although many authors have repeated this bit of advice throughout the years. This week ITW Members Colin Campbell, Lee Murray, Carole Lawrence, Sandra Ruttan, DiAnn Mills, Tristan Drue Rogers and Tracy Clark are discussing whether or not authors sometimes regret killing off a character. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along!

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October 22 – 28: “What can thriller writers learn from the horror genre?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5The thriller and horror genres often go hand in hand, but this week ITW members Colin Campbell, Lee Murray, Carole Lawrence, Catharine Riggs, Eric J. Guinard, Sandra Ruttan, DiAnn Mills, Michaelbrent Collings and Andrew Bourelle will be discussing what thriller writers can learn from the horror genre. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along!

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October 15 – 21: “How much value do authors place on social media?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Facebook? Twitter? Instagram? How much value do authors place on social media? This week we’re joined by ITW Members Colin Campbell, Ellen Byron, Lee Murray, Sandra Ruttan and DiAnn Mills as they discuss authors and social media. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along!

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October 8 – 14: “How does a stand-alone novel become a series?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Stand-alone novels vs. series. How does one become the other? This week we’re joined by ITW Members Colin Campbell, Ellen Byron, Lee Murray, Ava Bardley, DiAnn Mills, Kyle Mills and Erica Wright as they describe how and/or why a stand-alone novel would become a series. Scroll down to the “comments” section – you won’t want to miss this!

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October 1 – 7: “Besides Google, what’s your most common research tool?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Sure, Google is the world’s most popular search engine, but besides Google, what’s your most common research tool? We kick off October with ITW Members Colin Campbell, Ellen Byron, Lee Murray and DiAnn Mills as they discuss what tools they use for research. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along.

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September 24 – 30: “How do writers invite readers into the conspiracy?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5George Bernard Shaw said that “all professions are conspiracies against the laity.” This week ITW members Liam Sweeny, Paul D. Marks and Neil Plakcy will discuss how writers invite readers into the conspiracy? Scroll down to the “Comments” section below – you won’t want to miss this!

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September 17 – 23: “Is the theater standard of a three-act play valid for thriller novels?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we’re joined by ITW Members Jessica Bayliss, J. T. Ellison, Cheryl Hollon, Paul D. Marks, David McCaleb, Arthur Kerns and Maria Alexander as they discuss the question: “Is the theater standard of a three-act play valid for thriller novels?” Click on the names and bookcovers below to learn more about this week’s authors, and scroll down to the “comments” section below to follow along. You won’t want to miss it!

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September 3 – 9: “What can thriller writers learn from the comics industry?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5With so many authors moonlighting as comic book writers these days, the Thriller Rountable couldn’t help but ask: “What can thriller writers learn from the comics industry?” ITW Members Liam Sweeny, Lisa Black, Jeff Mariotte, and J. H. Bográn join us this week to discuss the inevitable overlap between comics and thrillers. Scroll down to the “comments” section and follow along!

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August 27 – September 2: “How do you raise the stakes to the next level?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we’re joined by ITW members James Hilton, Kit Frick, Mysti Berry, David Simms, Frank Zafiro, Ronie Kendig, Connie di Marco and Jonathan Whitelaw, and we’re asking them “How do you raise the stakes to the next level?” Scroll down to the “comments” section and follow along – you won’t want to miss this!

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August 20 – 26: “How would you blend a mystery and a thriller?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5If a mystery is a tale about solving a crime while a thriller is about stopping one, how would you write a blend of the two? That’s the question posed to this week’s all-star lineup of ITW Members: James Hilton, Linda Bennett Pennell, Nick Kolakowski, Mysti Berry, Richard Mabry, David Simms, Frank Zafiro, Dave Zeltserman, R. J. Pineiro, Martin Roy Hill, Ellison Cooper, Arthur Kerns and Alex Lettau. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along!

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August 13 – 19: “How do you write, from the seat of your pants or are you a planner?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Plotter or pantser? Since early man began scratching stories onto the walls of caves, the age-old question has been asked: How do you write, from the seat of your pants or are you a planner? This week ITW Members Ann Simas, James Hilton, Linda Bennett Pennell, Nick Kolakowski, Lynn Cahoon, Charles Salzberg, Kellye Garrett, Mysti Berry, Richard Mabry, David Bell, David Simms, Frank Zafiro, Ronie Kendig and Lane Stone will take a crack at it. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along!

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August 6 – 12: “Do you enjoy films with authors as protagonists?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Whether it’s The Motorcycle Diaries and Midnight in Paris, or Misery and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, writers have always played some of our favorite protagonists. This week we ask ITW members James Hilton, Lynn Cahoon, Mysti Berry, David Bell, David Simms, Frank Zafiro and R. J. Pineiro the age-old question: Do you enjoy films with authors as protagonists? Why? Scroll down to the “comments” section to see how this one plays out!

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July 30 – August 5: “What is the best clue you have inserted into a novel as a writer?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Clues foreshadow how plots unfold and characters react. This week we’re joined by ITW Members Alan Jacobson, Jay Brandon, Robert J. Stava, Sarah Simpson and David Orange as they answer the question: What is the best clue you have inserted into a novel as a writer? Scroll down to the “comments” section to see how this unfolds!

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