Thriller Roundtable

June 24 – 30: “At what age did you realize writing suited you, and how did it happen?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5It’s the first full week of summer and ThrillerFest is just around the corner! This week we’re joined by ITW Members D. P. Lyle, DiAnn Mills, Jen Conley, Hannah Mary McKinnon, Frank Zafiro, Timothy Jay Smith, Gerald Dean Rice, Tracy Clark and Lee Murray as they reminisce about the beginning of their writing journey. At what age did you realize writing suited you, and how did it happen? Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along!

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June 17 – 23: “What are the main differences from the thrillers of the 50s, 60s and 70s?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Technology is the easy answer, but beyond that, what are the main differences from the thrillers of the 50s, 60s and 70s with today’s bestsellers? This week we’re joined by ITW Members Jill Hand, DiAnn Mills, Frank Zafiro, Vanessa Werstermann, Gerald Dean Rice and Lee Murray as they discuss the topic du jour. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along!

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June 10 – 16: “What are the pitfalls of using real people as characters?

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week ITW Members DiAnn Mills, Frank Zafiro, R.J. Pineiro, Gerald Dean Rice, Michaelbrent Collings and Lee Murray are discussing using real people as characters in their novels. What are the benefits? What are the potential pitfalls? Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along!

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June 3 – 9: “What lessons can we glean from the fans’ backlash to the finale of Game of Thrones?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Fans’ reactions to the Game of Thrones finale weren’t great. This week we ask ITW Members Frank Zafiro, R. J. Pineiro, Gerald Dean Rice, Lee Murray and J. H. Bográn what lessons can we glean from the fans’ backlash to the finale of Game of Thrones? Don’t forget to scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along. This might be more exciting than the last episode!

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May 27 – June 2: “Favorite examples of mysteries that question conventional wisdom or the status quo?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week authors and ITW Members R. G. Belsky, Heather Gudenkauf and J. H. Bográn are discussing mysteries: What are some examples of your favorite mysteries that question conventional wisdom or the status quo? Can you guess the answers? Find out by scrolling down to the “comments” section. You won’t want to miss this!

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May 20 – 26: “How much leeway do authors have when playing with historic facts and characters?

thriller-roundtable-logo5ITW Members Meghan Holloway, Ronan Frost, R. G. Belsky, Heather Gudenkauf, Jon Land, Carole Lawrence and Anne Louise Bannon are here this week discussing historical thrillers. How much leeway do authors have when playing with historic facts and characters? Find out by scrolling down to the “comments” section. You won’t want to miss this!

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May 13 – 19: “How does a writer go about avoiding stereotyped characters?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we’re joined by ITW Members Wendy Walker, R. G. Belsky, Heather Gudenkauf, Christopher Golden and Ann Simas as they discuss how a writer goes about avoiding stereotyped characters. Is it possible to go to the other extreme? Find out by scrolling down to the “comments” section. You’ll want to read this!

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May 6 – 12: “Are authors expected to write plenty during the spring season?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5The month of May was named after the Roman goddess of fertility, Maia. This week ITW Members R. G. Belsky, Heather Gudenkauf, Graham Wynd, Christopher Golden and Kate White are discussing whether or not authors are expected to write plenty during the spring season? Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along. You won’t want to miss it!

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April 29 – May 5: “Methods of murder: what are some of the most memorable?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Murder is in the air this week as ITW Members T R Kenneth, Jerry Kennealy, Lisa Towles, Gary Haynes, Nicole Bross and Lynn Cahoon discuss the most unusual methods. Do writers try too hard and, if not, what are some of the most memorable? Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along. You won’t want to miss it!

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April 22 – 28: “Does ‘character-driven’ mean the plot should be simpler or more complex?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5With regard to novels, when we use terms like “character-driven” does that mean the plot should be simpler or more complex? This week we’re joined by ITW Members August Norman, T R Kenneth, Cathy Ace, Caitlin Starling, Jerry Kennealy, Lisa Towles, Gary Haynes, Rachel Caine, Elisabeth Elo, Nicole Bross, Lynn Cahoon and Laurie Stevens. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along. You won’t want to miss it!

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April 8 – 14: “What are the advantages or drawbacks of setting a novel around a holiday?

thriller-roundtable-logo5Setting a novel around a holiday, good idea, or not? This week ITW Members T. R. Kenneth, Cathy Ace, Bob Bickford, Gary Haynes, J. H. Bográn, Nicole Bross and Lynn Cahoon will discuss the advantages and drawbacks of using a holiday as the setting of a novel. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along. You won’t want to miss it!

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April 1 – 7: “Do you type your first draft, or write it long hand?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5For your first draft, do you automatically turn to your computer, or perhaps a notebook and a pencil instead? Do you type it, or write it in long hand? This week we’re joined by ITW Members Rachel Howzell Hall, August Norman, T. R. Kenneth, Cathy Ace, Caitlin Starling, Jerry Kennealy, Gary Haynes, Elisabeth Elo, J. H. Bográn, Nicole Bross, Lynn Cahoon and Kris Frieswick and we’re talking first drafts. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along. You won’t want to miss it!

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March 25 – 31: “Why do you think we’re always returning to the Holocaust during World War Two in books and movies?

thriller-roundtable-logo5The Holocaust during World War II is a recurring theme in books. This week ITW Members Jerry Amernic, Martin Roy Hill, Ellen Butler and J. H. Bográn will investigate why we’re always returning to that era in books, movies and stories in general? Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along!

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March 18 – 24: “What was the big lesson that awaited you after you completed your last novel?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we join veteran ITW Members Kay Kendall, Eileen Cook, Jacob Stone, Desiree Holt and Jerry Amernic as they discuss the big lesson learned after completing their last novel. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along. You won’t want to miss this!

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March 11 – 17: “What books are next to you when you write?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5A dictionary or thesaurus? The Chicago Manual of Style? Or, maybe nothing writing-related at all? This week join ITW Members Kay Kendall, Eileen Cook, Sherry Knowlton, J. H. Bográn, Meghan Holloway and Jerry Amernic as they discuss which books are next to them when they write? Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along. You won’t want to miss this!

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