Thriller Roundtable

February 4 – 10: “If you could reach any author, dead or alive, what would be your first question?”

This week ITW Members Ada Madison, Heywood Gould, Ralph Pezzullo and Lori Armstrong discuss what their first question would be if they could reach any author, dead or alive. You won’t want to miss it!
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January 28 – February 3: “How do you determine when a story is ready?”

This week join ITW Members Toby Tate, Vincent Zandri, Merry Jones, Chris Allen, Catherine Stovall, Judith Cutler, Melinda Leigh, Sharon Alice Geyer, Amy Lignor, Lee Weeks, Michael Sims, David Housewright, Catherine Jordan and Jason Dean, as they discuss how to determine when a story is ready.
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January 21 – 27: “What’s your favorite thriller sub genre? Why?”

This week we ask ITW Members Ashok Banker, Vincent Zandri, Diane Kelly, Chris Allen, Amy Lignor, Michael Sims and Catherine Jordan what’s their favorite thriller sub genre, and why? You won’t want to miss it!
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January 14 – 20: “Why do stories matter?”

This week we discuss the wide-ranging impact of our stories and try to answer the question: “Why do stories matter?” Join ITW Members C.E. Lawrence, Amy Lignor, Derek J. Goodman, J. G. Faherty, James Grippando, Mike Befeler, Merry Jones, William McCormick, Chris Allen, Catherine Stovall, Maynard Sims, Catherine Jordan and Lee Weeks.
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January 7 – 13: “Which authors have inspired you?”

Start off the new year right! Join ITW Members Jennie Bentley, Derek J. Goodman, Robin Burcell, Toby Tate, Ashok Banker, Tace Baker, Rick R. Reed, William McCormick, Chris Allen, Judith Cutler, Sharon Alice Geyer, Amy Lignor, Maynard Sims, Catherine Jordan and Jason Dean as they discuss which authors have inspired them.
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December 10 – 16: “Why do agents attend writer’s conferences?”


This week, we join Paige Wheeler and Josh Getzler to get the inside scoop on why literary agents attend writer’s conferences. You won’t want to miss it!
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December 3 – 9: The All-Important Query Letter


Literary agents Debbie Carter, Josh Getzler, Victoria Skurnick and Jenny Bent discuss the all-important query letter: How many queries do you generally receive in a week? Of those, how many do you request a partial or full from? What is it about a good query that really makes it stand out? Conversely, what is most likely to make you stop reading? You won’t want to miss it!
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November 12 – 18: “What is the craziest idea you considered including in a book, but later cut out?”

This week we take a long, hard look at crazy, while ITW Members gather to answer the question: “What is the craziest idea you considered including in a book, but later cut out?” Join ITW Members AJ Colucci, Aimée Thurlo, Thomas M. Malafarina, Ania Ahlborn and Barbara Graham.
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November 5 – 11: “Why do you read and write thrillers?”

This week, join ITW Members Aimée Thurlo, John Wayne Falbey, AJ Colucci, Patricia Gussin, Thomas M. Malafarina, Elizabeth Goddard, Shirley Tallman, Richard Doetsch and Chuck Greaves as they discuss why they choose to read and write thrillers. You just know it’s going to be thrilling!
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October 22 – 28: Horror: “What is essential to crafting a believable horror environment?”

It’s time for halloween: ghosts, goblins, jack-o-lanterns and horror writers! We have a packed house this week with ITW’s premier horror authors. This week join David Sakmyster, Brett Talley, M.R. Gott, Michaelbrent Collings, R. Thomas Riley, W.D. Gagliani, Rick Reed, JG Faherty, Douglas Wynne and Christian Riley as they discuss the essentials of crafting a believable horror environment.
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October 29 – November 4: “How do you create creepy, but believable characters?”

This week we turn our attention to characters, creepy characters and how to keep them believable. Join ITW Members Vincent Zandri, Brett Talley, M.R. Gott, Michaelbrent Collings, R. Thomas Riley, W.D. Gagliani, Rick Reed, JG Faherty, Douglas Wynne, Ania Ahlborn, John Grover and Christian Riley for this can’t-miss discussion!
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October 15 – 21: “How do you choose your character’s names?”

This week we answer the most important question of all: “”How do you choose your character’s names?” Join ITW Members Michael W. Sherer, Claude Berube, G.M. Malliet, Judith Rock, Amy Shojai and Fleur Bradley for this can’t-miss discussion.
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October 8 – 14: “The book was better than the movie. Does this maxim still hold true?”

This week we discuss the book vs. the movie: In the early days of motion pictures, people used to say: “The book was better.” Does this maxim still hold true? Join ITW Members C.E. Lawrence, Michael W. Sherer, Michael Sears, Albert Ashforth and Larry D. Thompson for a Roundtable you won’t want to miss!
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October 1 – 7: “Is there any myth about being a thriller genre author that you’d like to debunk?”

This week ITW Members J. H. Bográn and Amy Shojai will discuss being a thriller genre author: “Is there any myth about being a thriller genre author that you’d like to debunk?” You won’t want to miss this!
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September 24 – 30: “Thrillers are known for their grand, loud, all-out climaxes. How do you set them up?”

This week ITW Members Tess Gerritsen, Steven James, J. H. Bográn, M.R. Gott and Jeff Carlson discuss climaxes…in thrillers: “”Thrillers are known for their grand, loud, all-out climaxes. How do you set them up?”
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