Thriller Roundtable

October 23 – 29: “Which comes first, the reader or the story?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Which comes first, the chicken or the egg? The reader or the story? This week ITW Members Neil S. Plakcy, Steven Cooper and J. H. Bográn will weigh in on this age-old question. Scroll down to the “comments” to see who solves this riddle!

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October 16 – 22: “Is it a good idea to set thrillers in the Fall?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Thrillers set in the Fall, is it a good idea? That’s the question posed this week to ITW Members Steven Cooper, J. H. Bográn and Gordon Brown. Scroll down to the “comments” to read what they have to say!

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October 9 – 15: “What’s the one fiction writing guidebook that every writer should have?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we’re joined by ITW Members Carole Lawrence, Kaira Rouda, Dorothy St. James and Martin Roy Hill to answer the question: 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? Scroll down to the “comments” to follow along!

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October 2 – 8: “Are some careers more suitable for characters in thrillers than others?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Are some careers more suitable for characters in thrillers than others? That’s the question facing ITW Members Andrew Mayne, Bob Bickford, J. J. Hensley, John Mangan, Neil S. Plakcy, Linda Stasi and Gordon Brown this week. Scroll down to the “comments” to follow what is sure to be a thrilling discussion!

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September 25 – October 1: “Is it difficult to write comedy into thrillers?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we’re discussing comedy and humor in the thriller genre: Is it difficult to write comedy or humor into thrillers? Is it necessary, desired, or just a tool to release the tension in some needed spots? Tune in as ITW Members Lisa Towles, Susan Santangelo, D. J. Adamson, Charlie Cochrane and Alex Lettau weigh in on the funny. Scroll down to the “comments” to follow what is sure to be a thrilling discussion!

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September 18 – 24: “What are some other countries that might take center stage in the future?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5The Cold War is behind us, or is it? Russia still plays a key role in thrillers. This week ITW Members David McCaleb, J. H. Bográn, D. J. Adamson and Martin Roy Hill will discuss what are some other countries that might take center stage in the future. Scroll down to the “comments” to follow this riveting discussion!

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September 11 – 17: “Describe fiction’s regard and disregard for the long-term unemployed.”

thriller-roundtable-logo5People who don’t have jobs can become quite desperate and disheartened. This week we’re joined by ITW Members Vincent Zandri, Jean Rabe and D. J. Adamson as they describe fiction’s regard and disregard for the long-term unemployed. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow this thrilling discussion!

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September 4 – 10: “Best symbolism employed in thrillers in recent years?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5 This week join ITW Members Lisa Towles, J. H. Bográn and D. J. Adamson as they describe some of the best symbolism employed in thrillers in recent years. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow this thrilling and symbolic discussion!

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August 28 – September 3: “Discuss the best thriller novel adaptions into movies”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we’re joined by ITW Members Andrew Bourelle, Jonathan Ashley, J.D. Trafford, J. B. Manas, Glen Erik Hamilton, Charlie Flowers, Jon Land, Vivian Rhodes and Barry Ozeroff as we discuss books to movies. What are some of the best thriller adaptations into movies? Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow this eye-opening discussion!

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August 21 – 27: “Could an accountant, librarian or nurse be a spy?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Must spies be flexible – or career-specific? Or could an accountant, librarian or nurse be a spy? This week ITW Members Martin Roy Hill, J. B. Manas, Connie DiMarco, Diana Deverrel, Arthur Kerns and Barry Ozeroff discuss spies in thrillers. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow this thrilling discussion!

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August 14 – 20: “If you could write in another genre, which one would that be?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5If you could write in another genre, which one would that be? This week we’re joined by ITW Members J. L. Delozier, Charlie Flowers, J. D. Trafford, Maynard Sims, Bill Schweigart, Ritter Ames, Danny López, Barry Ozeroff and Carole Lawrence as they discuss what other genres they’d like to write in. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow this riveting discussion!

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August 7 – 13: “How many thrillers do you read each year?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5How many thrillers do you read each year? How do you choose from the vast selection? Those are the questions this week for ITW Members Don Helin, Jonathan Ashley, J. B. Manas and Danny Lopez. Scroll down and click on “Comments” to read what they have to say.

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July 31st – August 6: “The book you would recommend?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we’re joined by ITW Members Billy Lyons, Mary Torjussen and Tal M. Klein to discuss the book they would recommend for those who are vacationing or staying at home – which is your one recommendation?

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July 24 – 30: “Do names reflect the character of the character?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week is all about character: A first name can date an individual, do character names reflect the character of the character, and do they offer their own tensions by defying a time period? We’re joined by ITW Members D.P. Lyle, Peter James, Donna Warner, Patrick Oster, Jonathan F. Putnam, Richard Billingsley, Billy Lyons and Meredith Anthony.

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July 17 – 23: “How hard do you work to avoid ‘formula’ writing?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5How hard do you work to avoid “formula” writing? That’s the question this week for ITW Members Keith Dixon, Alison Morton, Kfir Luzzatto, Holly Seddon, Richard Rowland Billingsley, Billy Lyons, Brian Klingborg and Peter James.

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