Thriller Roundtable

June 22 – 28: “Finding a mentor, what should you look for in one?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Behind every great writer is a great mentor. This week ITW Members Kate White, Alex Dolan, Lisa Von Biela, J. T. Ellison and Jean Heller discuss finding a mentor and answer the question: “What should you look for in one?”

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June 15 – 21: “Can writers play fast and loose on politics, foreign relations, technology, careers and personality traits?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Readers of thrillers appreciate realism. This week ITW Members discuss how much can writers play fast and loose on politics, foreign relations, technology, careers or personality traits? Join Tim Lees, Alex Dolan, John Farrow, Eric Red, Adam Mitzner, Lisa Von Biela, John Palisano, Adrian Magson, Paul Dale Anderson, Jerry Amernic, Andy Boot, Jean Heller and Melanie Surani!

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June 8 – 14: “What steps should writers take when they disagree with the publisher’s choice of a cover?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we’re joined by ITW Members Kate White, Eric Red, Bob Doerr and A. J. Kerns, discussing what steps should writers take when they disagree with the publisher’s choice of a cover?

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June 1 – 7: “How do you choose your character’s names?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week ITW Members Jeffrey Westhoff, N. J. Paige, Kate White, John Farrow, Eric Red, Adam Mitzner, Scott A. Lerner, Mark Pryor, Lisa Von Biela, John Palisano and Paul Gistsham kick off June by discussing how they choose their character’s names.

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May 25 – 31: “Have you used the American Psychological Association’s DSM V to help develop characters?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is the handbook used by health care professionals in the United States and much of the world as the authoritative guide to the diagnosis of mental disorders. This week ITW Members Wendy Tyson, Cat Connor, Linell Jeppsen, JG Faherty, Jean Heller, Colby Marshall and C. E. Lawrence discuss whether they’ve used the DSM V, or previous versions of the Diagnostic and Statistic Manuel of Mental Disorders, to help develop characters.

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May 18 – 24: “How intense is the plotting and vindictiveness of some houses – no names!”

thriller-roundtable-logo5People imagine the publishing world to be one of camaraderie. But is that naïve? This week ITW Members Ralph Pezzullo, Cat Connor, JG Faherty, Gary Grossman, Ines Eberl-Calic and Jean Heller discuss how intense the plotting and vindictiveness of some houses can be – no names!

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May 11 – 17: “What are the best bands for writing thrillers?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we join ITW Members Wendy Tyson, Ralph Pezzullo, Cat Connor, Kathrin Lange, JG Faherty, Barbara Petty, Suzanne Johnson, Gary Grossman, Arthur Kerns, Jean Heller and Andy Boot to discuss music and writing. What are the best bands for writing thrillers? Or does haunting classical music work best?

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May 4 – 10: “What are the considerations when adopting a title for a series?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we’re joined by ITW Members Michael J. Martinez, Larry D. Sweazy, J. L. Abramo, Ralph Pezzullo, Cat Connor, Layton Green, Robert Wilson, Penny Clover Petersen, Suzanne Johnson, Adrian Magson, Gary Grossman and Jean Heller as they discuss the things one must consider when adopting a title for a series?

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April 27 to May 3: “Is it difficult to write characters of the opposite sex?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Is it difficult to write characters of the opposite sex? This week ITW Members Raymond Benson, Jean Heller, Colin Campbell, J. L. Merrow, Alex Dolan, Anne Trager and A. J. Kerns join us to discuss how they tackle it.

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April 20 – 26: “Do you plot, plan, and outline?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Do you plot, plan, and outline? Or, do you just go where your characters lead you? This week, ITW Members Bruce Desilva, Jean Heller, Mark Petry, Simon Wood, H. W. “Buzz” Bernard, Vincent Zandri, Colin Campbell, Graham Smith, Gary Haynes, Brian Pinkerton, Kevin Egan, J. L. Merrow, Alex Dolan and Ellen Kirschman will discuss why some authors are plotters and others are pantsers.

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April 13 – 19: “Does your mood affect the scenes you’re writing?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week ITW Members Jean Heller, Colin Campbell and J. H. Bográn discuss whether your mood affects the scenes you’re writing, like letting anger make better fight scenes?
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April 6 – 12: “How do you create the perfect antagonist?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week ITW Members Jean Heller, Mark Petry, David Walton, Simon Wood, Jean Harrington, Graham Smith, David Levien, Gary Haynes, Kevin Egan, Susan Sleeman and Alex Dolan will discuss the question on everyone’s mind: “How do you create the perfect antagonist?”
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March 23 – 29: “Have international novels evolved in recent years?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week the Thriller Roundtable is going international! Join ITW Members Jean Heller, J. H. Bográn, Anderson Harp, Susan FroetschelShelley Coriell and Alan Field as they discuss the question: “Have international novels evolved in recent years?”

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March 16 – 22: “Should series characters change?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5The TV series Seinfeld claimed their characters never changed. This week ITW members Jean Heller, Glen Erik Hamilton, Nicole Maggi, Connie Di Marco, Cecilia Ekback, Alan Field and Jack Dewitt discuss whether or not the same rules should apply to characters in a book series.

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March 9 – 15: “How do you avoid the first chapter pitfall?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Do some writers tend to work too hard, too long on the first chapter and neglect the rest of the story? Join ITW members Jean Heller, Douglas Wynne, Douglas Seaver and Leonardo Wild as they discuss how to avoid that pitfall!

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