Thriller Roundtable

May 7 – 13: “Are broken-hearted villains suspenseful?

This week join ITW Members C. E. Lawrence and William H. Cunningham thriller fans as we discuss developing the antagonist when a love interest goes bad: “Are broken-hearted villains suspenseful?”
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April 30 – May 6: “Does the reading public expect happily-ever-after?”

This week ITW Members discuss Hollywood endings. Does the reading public expect happily-ever-after, or can authors choose to follow a darker–even ambiguous–path?

Join Bob Liparulo, Liese Sherwood-Fabre, James Conway, Libby Hellmann, William Todd Rose, D. P. Lyle, Kellyann Zuzulo, Linda Rodriguez, Brian Andrews, Angela Alsaleem, W. Craig Reed and Thomas Young!
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April 23 – 29: “What made you decide to write in the thriller genre? Why?”

This week we discuss why we write thriller and answer the question: “What made you decide to write in the thriller genre and why?”

With James Conway, William Todd Rose, J. H. Bográn, Jeremy Burns and Sharon Linnea. You won’t want to miss it!
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April 16 – 22: “Besides your agent, spouse, or both, do you allow other people to see your work?”

This week we discuss alpha, beta or any other readers before publication, and ask the questions: “Besides your agent, spouse, or both, do you allow other people to see your work? How do you select who to show your new manuscript to?”

Join ITW members James Conway, Martin Bodenham, Clea Simon, Libby Hellmann, William Todd Rose, Kellyann Zuzulo, Linda Rodriguez and Brian Andrews.
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April 9 – 15: “What is your most memorable book tour, signing or presentation experience?”

This week we look toward book tours and book signings and ask, “What is your most memorable experience of something that happened during a book tour, signing or presentation?”

Join ITW members James Conway, William Todd Rose, Linda Rodriguez and J. H. Bográn. You won’t want to miss it!
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April 1 – 8: “Is it difficult to write comedy or humor into your thrillers?”

To commemorate April Fool’s Day and relaunch the Thriller Roundtable, we look at comedy and humor in the thriller genre, and ask: “Is it difficult to write comedy or humor into your thrillers? Is it necessary, desired, or just a tool to release the tension in some needed spots?

Join ITW Members Cat Connor, Bonnie Calhoun, Mitzi Kelly, William Todd Rose, D.P. Lyle, Jean Harrington, Charlie Cochrane, James Conway, Deborah Coonts, Eileen Robertson and C.E. Lawrence!
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December 12 – 18: “What’s the one fiction/writing/craft guidebook that every writer should have?”

What’s the one fiction/writing/craft guidebook that every writer should have, not on his or her shelf, but right there on the desk always within reach?
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December 5 – 11: What’s your “go to” work of fiction?

What’s your “go to” work of fiction? The one you pick up when you’re stuck because you know it will help get your creativity flowing again? What makes that book so important to you?

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November 28 – December 4: What was the big lesson that awaited you after you completed your first novel?

Writing that first novel is a huge accomplishment – something that many aspiring authors never quite manage to do. What happens next? Join ITW members Nancy Bilyeau, Karen Dionne and Ed Kovacs as they discuss the lessons they learned after completing their first novel.
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October 24 – 30: “Which novel, more than any other, just scared the @#$%* out of you?”

On the eve of Halloween, we have to ask: “Which novel, more than any other, just scared the @#$%* out of you? Which characters?” Join ITW Members Debbie Viguié, Cammie Eicher, Joseph Nassise, Trevor Shane, Ethan Cross and Daniel Annechino as they reveal their biggest literary fears. It’s sure to be a thriller!
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October 31 – November 6: “What moved you to write your first novel?”

Writing a novel is not an easy thing—especially if you’ve never written one before. What moved you to write your first novel? Is that still what moves you today? Join ITW Members Camille MinichinoEd KovacsGina RobinsonYvonne AndersonBeth Groundwater and George Ebey for what’s sure to be a thrilling discussion!
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October 10 – 16: “Where do you get your story ideas?”

Where do you get your story ideas? Are you a ripped from the headlines type? Do your story ideas actually start with character? Do they reflect your life/interests? Are they more intuitive? AND, how do you know when they’re good?

Join ITW Members C. C. Harrison, Miranda Parker, Todd Ritter, Ed Kovacs, Yvonne Anderson and Allison Brennan for what’s sure to be a thriller!
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October 3 – 9: Why do some authors make it, and some don’t?

For every successful writer, there are many more who aren’t able to break in. They write well, tell a good story, pay their dues, and yet, despite their efforts, they remain unpublished.  What’s the difference between a successful author and the not-yet-published?  Is it a well-connected mentor? An agent who can open doors?  Sheer, dumb luck?

Join Karen Dionne and Ron Barak as they lead this thrilling discussion!
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September 26 – October 2: What about language? How much credence do you give it? How important is it?

In 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 Catriona McPherson, D. E. Johnson, Kelli Stanley and J. H. Bográn 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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September 19 – 25: What’s the one thriller that really grabbed you, but never received the deserved notoriety or accolades?

What’s the one thriller (or perhaps thriller writer) that really grabbed you, but seems to never have gotten the deserved notoriety and/or accolades?  Why that book/writer?

Join ITW members S. Eric Wachtel, J. H. Bográn and Allison Brennan for another can’t-miss discussion!
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