Thriller Roundtable

February 1 – 7: “Which matters more – sentence structure or word choice?

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week ITW Members Paul McGoran, Elizabeth Noble and Carol Goodman are discussing tone. In developing a thriller’s tone, which matters more – sentence structure or word choice?

 

 

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January 25 – 31: “Do thriller writers have conservative or liberal leanings?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5The presidential campaign is starting to heat up! This week, join ITW Members Jean Heller, Alan L. Moss, Claude Berube, Bernard Maestas and Michael Byars Lewis as they debate whether thriller writers have conservative or liberal leanings. Or, are they apolitical?

 

 

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January 18 – 24: “Describe your favorite techniques for strong pacing.”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we’re all about pacing on The Thriller Roundtable. Conciseness, partial clues, short chapters? ITW Members Brendan P. Rielly, W.D. Gagliani, Vincent Zandri, H.A. Raynes, Adrian Magson, Nina Mansfield, Jean Heller, Donna Warner, Bill Schweigart and Heather Moore describe their favorite techniques for strong pacing.

 

 

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January 11 – 17: “Are the lines between good and evil increasingly more ambiguous in modern thrillers?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5We have a full house this week! ITW Members Blair McDowell, Brendan P. Rielly, Kim Alexander, Rick Ollerman, John H. Gibson, W.D. Gagliani, Bernard Maestas, H.A. Raynes, Jean Heller, R. J. Harlick, C.E. Lawrence and Matthew FitzSimmons have gathered to answer the question: Are the lines between good and evil increasingly more ambiguous in modern thrillers?

 

 

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January 4 – 10: “Are random character generators going too far?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5The internet is full of helpful websites for crafting and researching plots, history, characters, setting, but are random character generators going too far? This week we’re joined by ITW Members Shiloh Walker, Terry Shames, Bernard Maestas and Jean Heller.

 

 

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December 14 – 20: “Are thriller writers active enough on social media?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Are thriller writers active enough on social media? This week ITW Members Brendan P. Rielly, Larry D. Sweazy, Bernard Maestas, Chuck Greaves, Jean Heller, R. J. Harlick and S. Harrison discuss whether a writer must participate in social media, or if the constant messaging and familiarity diminish suspense?

 

 

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December 7 – 13: “Are underdog characters as popular in international plots?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Everyone loves a good underdog story. Underdog characters are popular in American thrillers. This week, ITW Members Blair McDowell, Brendan P. Rielly, Toby Tate. A. J. Kerns and Steve P. Vincent discuss whether or not they are as popular in international plots?

 

 

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November 30 – December 6: “Is poison as a murder method old-fashioned?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5After a holiday weekend, what better time to talk about poison? This week ITW Members Bernard Maestas, J. H. BogránPeter Tonkin and Susan Froetschel discuss whether poison as a murder method is old-fashioned, and if there are some new methods for poisons that evade detection?

 

 

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November 16 – 22: “Oh, the Holidays…can we integrate them into our plots in a seamless way?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Oh, the holidays…this week we’re joined by ITW Members Paul McGoran, John Hegenberger, Patrick Kendrick, J.D. Horn, John Gaspard, Judy Penz Sheluk, Elizabeth Edmondson and Nina Mansfield to discuss whether or not the holidays can be integrated seamlessly into our plots?

 

 

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November 9 – 15: “How to accurately write dialogue, settings or historical events.”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we’re making it real! Making dialogue, settings and historical events real, that is. We’re joined by a full house ITW members, including Paul McGoran, Jennifer Kincheloe, John Hegenberger, Erica Wright, Patrick Kendrick, J. D. Horn, Sherry Knowlton, Robert McClure, Anthony Schumacher, William Lemanski, Toby Tate, D. J. Niko, Earl Javorsky, Judy Penz Sheluk and Elizabeth Edmondson.

 

 

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November 2 – 8: “What does it take for a book to be a thriller?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5“What does it take for a book to be a thriller?” This week ITW Members Ann Farnsworth, Paul McGoran, John Hegenberger, Patrick Kendrick, Robert McClure, Anthony Schumacher, Earl Javorsky and Judy Penz Sheluk are discussing whether the answer is the stories, global threats, slightly over the top characters, or all of the above?

 

 

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October 26 – November 1: “Do you find it more difficult to just read for pleasure?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we’re joined by ITW Members B. K. Stevens, Eric Beetner, Mick Sims and Len Maynard, Diane Kelly, Paul D. Marks, Cheryl Hollon, Peter James, Rob L. Palmer and Bernard Maestas to ask: As an author, do you find it more difficult to just read for pleasure?

 

 

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October 19 – 25: “Does the layout of your home make appearances in your novel?” 

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we’re joined by ITW Members Camille Minichino, Mick Sims and Len Maynard, Paul D. Marks, Sandra Block, Leigh Perry and Rob L. Palmer as we discuss whether the layout of an author’s home, or those of friends or acquaintances, make appearances in their novels?

 

 

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October 12 – 18: “Should a writer try to stay current, or avoid trends altogether?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Trends tend to emerge among thrillers. This week ITW Members Ellen Kirschman, Mick Sims and Len Maynard, Toby Tate, Paul D. Marks, William Lashner and DiAnn Mills discuss whether a writer should try to stay current, and anticipate these trends, or avoid trends altogether?

 

 

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October 5 – 11: “What is the best change you ever received from an editor? The worst?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Some editors make big changes in a manuscript. This week ITW Members DiAnn Mills, Eric Beetner, Ellen Kirschman, Mick Sims and Len Maynard, Tom Avitable, and Kira Peikoff discuss the best changes they’ve ever received from an editor, as well as the worst.

 

 

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