Thriller Roundtable

June 27th to Sept 5th: “What’s on your summer reading list?”

We’re taking a break from our regularly scheduled programming to discuss what you’ll be reading this summer. Jump right in and tell everyone what’s on YOUR summer reading list!
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June 20th to the 26th: “All stories boil down to either, someone went on a journey or a stranger comes to town. Do you agree?”

The late John Gardner suggested that all stories boil down to either, someone went on a journey or a stranger comes to town. Do you agree? At their very core, how do you view your thrillers? Thomas Kaufman, Reece Hirsch, Sidney Williams and CE Lawrence will discuss that, and more!
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June 13th to 19th: “What’s the one piece of advice you’d give to someone attending ThrillerFest for the first time?”

With ThrillerFest a little over two weeks away, KJ Howe and CE Lawrence discuss the one piece of advice they’d give to someone attending for his or her first time?

After graduating from University of Toronto with a Specialist Degree in Labor Management Relations, KJ Howe tried the business world—but the creative pull to write was irresistible. She returned to school to complete a Master’s in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania where she wrote her thesis, ONE SHOT, TWO KILLS. KJ has the honor of winning three Daphne du Maurier awards for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense and numerous other writing awards. She is also ITW’s AgentFest chairperson.
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June 6th to the 12th: “How would you characterize your literary voice? How did you develop it?”

Agents, publishers and readers are always looking for a new and/or fresh voice. How would you characterize your literary voice? How did you develop it?

Anna DeStefano is the best selling author of romantic suspense for Harlequin and Silhouette and contemporary psychic fantasy for Dorchester Publishing. She’s won and finalled in numerous national contests, including twice winning the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award. She teaches craft workshops across the country and blogs regularly about both her writing experience and the fascination with metaphysics and parapsychology that led her to create her psychic-based Legacy Series. For more information, please visit Anna’s blog.
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May 30th to June 5th: “Is fact really stranger than fiction?”

Is fact really stranger than fiction? This week, authors C. C. Harrison, Anna DeStefano and Andrea Kane discuss how to weave fact and fiction to make a really compelling story. Start June off right by following this can’t-miss discussion!
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May 16th to the 22nd: “Imagine you’re invited to give a two-minute ‘state of industry’ speech to ITW members. What would you say?”

Imagine you’re invited to give a two-minute “state of industry” speech to ITW members. What would you say?

This week literary agents Janet Reid, Nicholas Croce and Kristin Lindstrom discuss what they would say to ITW Members. It’s the can’t-miss discussion we’re all dying to hear!
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May 23rd to the 29th: “What is the one thing authors can do to help make you, and ultimately themselves, more successful?”

This week, literary agents Debbie Carter, Janet Reid, Nicholas Croce and Jenny Bent answer the all-important question, “What is the one thing authors can do to help make you, and ultimately themselves, more successful?” You won’t want to miss it!
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May 9th to the 15th: “What’s the one thing you love most about working with your authors?”

May is agents and publishers month at The Big Thrill! This week we ask Janet Reid, Jeff Kleinman, Molly Lewis, Victoria Sanders, Sandy Lu, Jill Grosjean, Kristin Lindstrom and Donna Bagdasarian what’s the one thing they love most about working with their authors? You won’t want to miss it!
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May 2nd to the 8th: “Is there a common myth you’d like to debunk about being an agent?”


May is agents and publishers month at The Big Thrill! This week we ask Janet Reid, Josh Getzler, Victoria Skurnick and Sandy Lu if there’s a common myth about being an agent that they’d like to debunk. This is a can’t-miss Roundtable discussion!
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April 25th to May 1st: “What’s the single most important thing your agent does for you?”

Join us for a thrilling discussion next week as ITW Members Karen Dionne, Carla Buckley and Chevy Stevens answer the question: “What’s the single most important thing your agent does for you?” It’s a thrilling, can’t-miss discussion and it’s all right here!
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April 18th to the 24th: “Research. How much is enough?”

Research. How much is enough? How do you know which facts to include and which to leave out? Join ITW Members J. H. Bográn, Joe Moore, Marianna Jameson, Anna DeStefano, Matt Lynn, CE Lawrence and Dorothy McFalls as they discuss their approach to research.
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April 4th to 10th: “Story, character, dialogue and setting cliches-love them or hate them?”

Cliches-love ’em or hate ’em? Join ITW members Tracy March, Adrienne Giordano, Julie Hyzy, Nancy Naigle, Tracey Devlyn and Jeff Sherratt as they discuss story, character, dialogue and setting cliches. It’s gonna be a thriller!
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April 11th to 17th: “What can thriller writers learn from the movies?”

Inception, The Bourne Ultimatum, Silence of the Lambs

Join ITW members Neil Plakcy, Charlie Cochrane, AM Riley, J. H. Bográn and Shane Briant as they discuss what thriller writers can learn from the movies!
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March 28th to April 3rd: “Dialogue can be tricky. As the author, how do you do it?”

Dialogue can be tricky, as the author has to give each character a unique voice that is also distinct from his or her own. Next week we’ll ask  Lee Child, Jon Land, Joseph Flynn, Jim Duncan, James Scott Bell, Heywood Gould, and Lee Goldberg how they do it?
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March 7th to 13th: “What is the best debut novel you’ve ever read?”

Join ITW members Karen Dionne, George Ebey, Tracy March, Pat Brown and Neil Plakcy as they discuss the best debut novel they’ve ever read!

All ITW members can sign up for the ITW Roundtable discussions by contacting Dan Levy.  Click the Roundtable link in the members-only section of the ITW website to see the list of upcoming questions, or to learn more. There’s no better way to connect with other ITW authors, readers, and fans!
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