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The July edition of the Big Thrill is here!

28 new thrillers from ITW Members, including debut novels from Teri Anne Stanley and Wendy Tyson, plus new nonfiction from Steven Philip Jones. Don't miss the Between the Lines Interview with Karin Slaughter by A.J. Colucci; a Special to the Big Thrill: THE KILLING novel: The Rewards and Challenges of Bringing Linden and Holder to the Page by Karen Dionne; a second Special to the Big Thrill: A Q&A with Simon & Schuster Senior Editor Sarah Knight by Barry Lancet; and don't forget to visit the Africa Scene with Annamaria Alfieri.

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Thriller Roundtable

June 23 – 29: “How do your reading and writing habits change in the summer?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Summer is upon us! This week we ask ITW Members Cat Connor, Susan Israel, Kate White, Kym Brunner, Tim Waggoner and Amy Lignor how their reading and writing habits change in the summer?

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June 16 – 22: “How has an editor’s advice helped with your story?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we turn to editorial advice and ask ITW Members Meg Gardiner, Kate White, Sheila Lowe, Tom Wither, Kym Brunner, Ridley Pearson, Tim Waggoner, Kathrin Lange, Amy Lignor and Neil Plakcy: “How has an editor’s advice helped with your story?”

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June 9 – 15: “Are thriller writers biased? Or do some of us go too far in trying to beat down stereotypes?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week ITW Members Don Helin, Joan Hall Hovey, Cat Connor, Karen Keskinen, Graeme Shimmin, Tim Waggoner, Kathrin Lange, Amy Lignor and Rory Flynn discuss biases and stereotypes: “Are thriller writers biased? Or do some of us go too far in trying to beat down stereotypes?”

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June 2 – 8: “Are thriller writers particularly pressured to write too fast?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week ITW Members Karen Dionne, Cat Connor, Susan Israel, Kate White, Robert Rotstein, Ridley Pearson, Amy Lignor and Tim Waggoner discuss writingreallyfast and answer the question: “Are thriller writers particularly pressured to write too fast?”

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May 26 – June 01: “Can a plot get too intricate?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week ITW Members Shiloh WalkerThomas M. Malafarina, Bill DeSmedt, Michael Niemann, Lisa Von Biela, J. H. Bográn and Alan Field discuss setting limits. “At what point does a book require a map, a list of characters, a genealogical diagram? Can a plot get too intricate?”

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May 19 – 25: “What happens when Hollywood calls?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5With the Hollywood summer blockbuster season right around the corner, the Big Thrill can’t help but ask: “What happens when Hollywood calls?” This week, ITW Members Johnny Shaw, Ralph Pezzullo, Neil Russell, Thomas M. Malafarina, Rex Burns, Ted Scofield, Lisa Von Biela and Alan Field will answer that call!

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May 12 – 18: “What are the secrets to creating a popular anti-hero?”

Anti-heroes are popular on television. thriller-roundtable-logo5 This week ITW Members Bill DeSmedt, Alan Field, Patrick Freivald, William Dietrich, Ralph Pezzullo, Gary Kriss, Thomas M. MalafarinaTed Scofield, Lisa Von Biela, and Brandon Hebert will answer the question: “What are the secrets to making a popular anti-hero?”

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May 5 – 11: “How do you separate the author from your characters?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5 This week ITW Members William P. Wood, Amy Shojai, William Dietrich, Ralph Pezzullo, Gary Kriss, John Lescroart, Thomas M. Malafarina, Rex Burns, Michael Niemann, Ted Scofield, Lisa Von Biela, Bob Walton, Brandon Hebert and Tom Avitabile answer the question on everyone’s mind: “How do you separate the author from your characters?”

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April 28 – May 4: “Share an anecdote from when you used an incident from your own life in a novel.”

thriller-roundtable-logo5 This week ITW Members Mark Alpert, Colin Campbell, Paige Dearth, Tim Waggoner Bernard Maestas, Donald Bain, Neil Russell and Shelley Coriell share an anecdote from when they used a real-life incident in a novel. Bonus question: “Do readers sometimes relay their own stories from real life that dovetail with your story?”

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April 21 – 27: “Do you enjoy reading books out of season?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Reading a Christmas story in July? Who does that? This week ITW Members Mark Alpert, Colin Campbell, Paige Dearth, Tim Waggoner and Nancy J. Cohen discuss reading books our of season.

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April 14 – 20: “Is fact really stranger than fiction?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Is fact really stranger than fiction? This week, ITW Members Daniel Suarez, Laura Griffin, Phillip Donlay, Tom Wilde, Michael McBride, Colin Campbell, Paige Dearth, Tim Waggoner and Kathleen George will answer that question while exploring how weave the two to make a really compelling story.

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April 7 – 13: “What are the dangers of modeling characters after people you know?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we’re discussing the dangers of modeling characters after people you know. Join ITW Members Brian Poole, Tom Wilde, Richard Mabry, Colin Campbell and Paige Dearth as they discuss when they, as authors, resort to using this device.

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March 31 – April 6: “Do characters speak to you?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5In a recent article in the Huffington Post, author Karen Dionne elaborated about how characters speak to some authors, to the point that it is almost like taking a dictation. Does this happen to you? What kind of characters do this and describe the process? This week ITW Members Connie Di Marco, Colin Campbell and Paige Dearth will weigh in on whether characters speak to them.

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March 17 – 23: “Moral protagonists: rebels, or visionaries?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5 This week Keith Deininger, Amy Shojai, and J.H. Bográn are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and talking about protagonists: “Protagonists often have a strong moral code that does not dovetail neatly with that of their society.  Are they rebels or visionaries?”

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March 10 – 16: “What can thriller writers learn from the movies?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week ITW Members W.D. Gagliani, William P. Wood, Keith Deininger, Amy Shojai, Chris Pavone, Don Helin, Julie Lindsey and Bernard Maestas go from the notebook to the big screen, as they answer the question: “What can thriller writers learn from the movies?”

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