Thriller Roundtable

April 8 – 14: “What are the advantages or drawbacks of setting a novel around a holiday?

thriller-roundtable-logo5Setting a novel around a holiday, good idea, or not? This week ITW Members T. R. Kenneth, Cathy Ace, Bob Bickford, Gary Haynes, J. H. Bográn, Nicole Bross and Lynn Cahoon will discuss the advantages and drawbacks of using a holiday as the setting of a novel. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along. You won’t want to miss it!

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April 1 – 7: “Do you type your first draft, or write it long hand?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5For your first draft, do you automatically turn to your computer, or perhaps a notebook and a pencil instead? Do you type it, or write it in long hand? This week we’re joined by ITW Members Rachel Howzell Hall, August Norman, T. R. Kenneth, Cathy Ace, Caitlin Starling, Jerry Kennealy, Gary Haynes, Elisabeth Elo, J. H. Bográn, Nicole Bross, Lynn Cahoon and Kris Frieswick and we’re talking first drafts. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along. You won’t want to miss it!

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March 25 – 31: “Why do you think we’re always returning to the Holocaust during World War Two in books and movies?

thriller-roundtable-logo5The Holocaust during World War II is a recurring theme in books. This week ITW Members Jerry Amernic, Martin Roy Hill, Ellen Butler and J. H. Bográn will investigate why we’re always returning to that era in books, movies and stories in general? Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along!

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March 18 – 24: “What was the big lesson that awaited you after you completed your last novel?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we join veteran ITW Members Kay Kendall, Eileen Cook, Jacob Stone, Desiree Holt and Jerry Amernic as they discuss the big lesson learned after completing their last novel. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along. You won’t want to miss this!

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March 11 – 17: “What books are next to you when you write?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5A dictionary or thesaurus? The Chicago Manual of Style? Or, maybe nothing writing-related at all? This week join ITW Members Kay Kendall, Eileen Cook, Sherry Knowlton, J. H. Bográn, Meghan Holloway and Jerry Amernic as they discuss which books are next to them when they write? Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along. You won’t want to miss this!

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March 4 – 10: “How do you prepare to start a new book?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5It is often said that the first chapter is the hardest to write. This week ITW members Brad Parks, Kay Kendall, Eileen Cook, Jacob Stone, Sherry Knowlton, Bonnie Kistler, Keith Dixon, Desiree Holt, Diana Rodriguez Wallach and Jerry Amernic share some insight on how they prepare to start a new book. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along – you don’t want to miss it!

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February 25 – March 3: “What are the dangers of modeling characters after people you know?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week ITW Members Robert Dugoni, A. F. Brady, Rick Treon, John Vanek, Victoria Gilbert, Dana King, Russell James, Hilary Davidson and Hannah Mary McKinnon will discuss the dangers of modeling characters after people you know, and tell us when they resort to using this device. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along – you don’t want to miss it!

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February 18 – 24: “Do you remember when you fell in love with the thriller genre?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Love is in the air this week with ITW Members Russell James, Timothy Jay Smith, Ronnie Allen and J. H. Bográn! Join us they discuss when they fell in love with the thriller genre. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along – you’re going to love it!

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February 4 – 10: “Research, do you love it or hate it?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Zora Neale Hurston famously wrote, “Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.” This week we’re talking research and we’re joined by ITW members Rick Treon, James Grippando, Lee Goldberg, John Vanek, Victoria Gilbert, Tosca Lee, Dana King, Kat Martin, David Swinson, Barry Eisler, A. F. Brady and Meghan Holloway as they discuss the question: Research, do you love it or hate it? Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along – you won’t want to miss this!

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January 28 to February 3: “What is your favorite sub-genre of thrillers?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Domestic thrillers? Crime thrillers? Action thrillers? Historical thrillers? This week we ask ITW members Robert E. Kearns, Jess Montgomery, Larry Loftis, L. A. Starks, William L. Myers, Jr. and Keenan Powell to tell us your favorite sub-genre of thrillers and why? Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along – you won’t want to miss this!

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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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