Thriller Roundtable

January 21 – 27: “Which books would you recommend to new writers?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week ITW members Jess Montgomery, Larry Loftis, William L. Myers, Jr., J. H. Bográn, Samuel W. Gailey, Gigi Pandian, Martin Roy Hill and Keenan Powell will discuss which books they would recommend to writers who are just getting started. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along – you’ll be sorry if you don’t!

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January 14 – 20: “What is the primary job of a thriller?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Entertainment? Escapism? To provoke thought? This week ITW Members Jess Montgomery, Larry Loftis, L. A. Starks, Peter James, William L. Myers, Jr., Cathi Stoler, Samuel W. Gailey, Uri Norwich and Martin Roy Hill will discuss the question: What is the primary job of a thriller? Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along – you won’t want to miss this!

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January 7 – 13: “What is your New Year’s resolution for 2019?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Happy New Year! As we enter 2019 we’re joined by ITW Members J. T. Ellison, Robert E. Kearns, Jess Montgomery, Larry Loftis, Mark Alpert, William L. Myers, Jr. and Samuel W. Gailey who will be discussing…what else? New Year’s resolutions, both writing related and perhaps even personal. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along – you won’t want to miss this!

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December 17 – 23: “Christmas themed thrillers, yes or no? And why?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5‘Tis the season to….write a thriller? ITW Members Lisa de Nikolits, Lee Gimenez, C. Derick Miller, Lynn Cahoon, J. H. Bográn and Les Edgerton are taking time out of their holiday prep to discuss Christmas themed thrillers: Yes or no? And why? Scroll down to the “comments” section below to follow along. You won’t want to miss this!

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December 10 – 16: “What are the happy, accidental finds you’ve come across during the research of a novel?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Robert McKee famously said, “Do research. Feed your talent. Research not only wins the war on cliche, it’s the key to victory over fear and it’s cousin, depression.” This week, ITW Members Lisa de Nikolits, Lisa Preston, Uri Norwich, Ken Kuhlken, Tess Makovesky, Lynn Cahoon, Les Edgerton and Dave Zeltserman will discuss the happy, accidental finds they’ve across during the research of their novels. Scroll down to the “comments” section below to follow along. You won’t want to miss this!

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December 3 – 9: “Who is your favorite fictional mentor?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Mentors can be some of the most intriguing characters in fiction as they are often deeply layered and, at times, seem counterintuitive. This week we’re joined by ITW Members Lisa de Nikolits, Lisa Preston, Carole Nelson Douglas, Frank Zafiro, Lynn Cahoon and Les Edgerton as they discuss their favorite fictional mentors: Who is your favorite fictional mentor? What is foremost in your mind as you create your mentor characters? Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along!

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November 26 – December 2: “Which comes first, the reader or the story?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5The reader or the story? Which comes first and why? This week we’re joined by ITW members Jon Land, G. A. Chamberlin, DiAnn Mills, Judy Penz Sheluk, Tom Pitts, Vicky Delany, Bruce Robert Coffin, Lynn Cahoon, Jay Gertzman and Roger Angle. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along!

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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 to 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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