Thriller Roundtable

May 22 – 28: “How accurate must thrillers be to stay plausible?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week ITW Members Dave Edlund, Dana King, Sam Wiebe, Sherry Knowlton, Anna J. Stewart, Sasscer Hill, Jeff Layton, Maris A. Soule, Danny Gardner and Bob Doerr discuss telling the story right: “How accurate must thrillers be to stay plausible, and yet still include imaginative tech or devices not in existence today?”

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May 16 – 22: “Is it advertising?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Some writers love inserting highly specific brand names and editors often pull those out. This week ITW Members Walt Gragg, Dave Edlund, Sam Wiebe, Alan Jacobson, Lynne Constantine and Sasscer Hill discuss what works and when? Is it advertising or are these an instant indicator of one’s personal wealth or whims?

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May 8 – 15: “Which recent event would you love to include in your next novel and why?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we’re talking current events with ITW Members Bonnie Hearn Hill, Lisa Preston, Sam Wiebe, Sasscer Hill, Bob Doerr and A. J. Kerns: Which recent event would you love to include in your next novel and why?

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May 1 – 7: “What proportion do thrillers represent of your overall reading?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5We’ve got a full house to kick off May! This month we’re joined by ITW Members Karen Harper, S.W. Lauden, Sandra Block, Lisa Preston, William Lashner, Sam Wiebe, Sherry Knowlton and Sasscer Hill as they ponder the questions: “What proportion do thrillers represent of your overall reading? As a writer, do you read more non-fiction or genre fiction?”

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April 24 – 30: “Of the books you have written, which is your favorite?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we’re joined by ITW Members Lisa von Biela, John Hegenberger, Vicki Delany, Toni LoTempio, Cara Putman, DiAnn Mills, Lori Rader-Day, Alex Segura and A. J. Kerns who will discuss their favorite books…that they’ve written: “Of the books you have written, which is your favorite? And do your readers necessarily agree?”

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April 17 – 23: “Mental illness in thrillers?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week ITW Members Lisa von Biela, Thomas Pluck and DiAnn Mills will discuss mental illness in thrillers. Is it always the antagonist? And, if not, are social ills always to blame?

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April 10 – 16: “What about beverages?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Books often focus in on food but what about beverages? This week a full slate of ITW Members, including Lisa von Biela, Maris Soule, David White, Debbie De Louise, Vicki Delany, Toni LoTempio, Sue Owens Wright, Albert Tucher, Jake Bible, DiAnn Mills, Armand Rosamilia and Kate White discuss how thriller writers work coffee, alcohol or water into the lives of their characters.

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April 3 – 9: “Which thriller writers are skilled at educating the public on otherwise difficult public and business programs?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Fiction can educate – explaining the routines and need for national security, public safety, and other government or corporate operations. This week ITW Members Lisa Von Biela, Susan Froetschel and J. H. Bográn answer the question, “Which thriller writers are skilled at educating the public on otherwise difficult public and business programs?”

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March 27 – April 2: “Does keeping lists distract from writing?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Lists, lists and more lists. Does keeping lists help or distract from writing? ITW Members E. C. Ambrose, Charles Salzberg and Nancy J. Cohen weigh in on their list making process this week on the Thriller Roundtable.

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March 20 – 26: “Adorable and sweet animals can turn nasty. Can these transformations backfire?

thriller-roundtable-logo5Adorable and sweet animals can turn nasty. A classic example is The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock. This week ITW Members Larissa Reinhart, Toni LoTempio and J. H. Bográn discuss whether or not these transformations can backfire?

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March 13 – 19: “Do apartments, cottages, McMansions or hotel rooms work best for thrillers?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Homes in thrillers? Do apartments, cottages, McMansions or hotel rooms work best for thrillers? This week ITW Members Phillip Donlay, Lynn Chandler Willis, David Sakmyster, Michael Niemann, Debra Webb, Merry Jones, Nathan Walpow and Paul A. Barra describe how a home for their protagonists shapes the story.

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March 6 – 12: “Do thrillers contribute to the skepticism?

thriller-roundtable-logo5Societies are increasingly doubting the expert opinions in science, politics, economics and more. Does the internet, or do thrillers, contribute to the skepticism? That is the question posed to this week’s ITW Members Lynn Chandler Willis, Michael Niemann and Merry Jones.

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February 27 – March 5: “Do you review books in your genre?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Some authors refuse to blurb or review books in their genre, because as one put it, she did not want to be accused of borrowing ideas. This week we ask ITW Members David Alexander, Adrian Magson, Jon Land, A. J. Kerns, J. H. Bográn, Wendy Byrne and Frank Zafiro, do you review books in your genre?

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February 20 – 26: “How long does it take you to write a book?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5How long does it take you to write a book? Why do some stories flow so much faster than others? These are the questions posed this week to ITW Members Karen Harper, Jean Harrington, David Alexander, Heidi Renee Mason, Winter Austin, Paul D. Marks, Adrian Magson, Susan Fleet, A.J. Kerns and Ronnie Allen.

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February 13 – 19: “Do you encourage your family and community to read more?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we’re joined by ITW Members Winter Austin, Christopher Mari, Paul D. Marks, Lisa Black and Frank Zafiro. The question on everyone’s mind is, “as an author, do you encourage your family and community to read more?”

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