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This week ITW Members discuss Hollywood endings. Does the reading public expect happily-ever-after, or can authors choose to follow a darker–even ambiguous–path?

Join Bob Liparulo, Liese Sherwood-Fabre, James Conway, Libby Hellmann, William Todd Rose, D. P. Lyle, Kellyann Zuzulo, Linda Rodriguez, Brian Andrews, Angela Alsaleem, W. Craig Reed and Thomas Young!


Liese Sherwood-Fabre grew up in Dallas, Texas and knew she was destined to write when she got an A+ in the second grade for her story about Dick, Jane, and Sally’s ruined picnic. After obtaining her PhD from Indiana University, she joined the federal government and had the opportunity to work and live internationally for more than fifteen years. After returning to the states, she seriously pursued her writing career and has had numerous pieces published. You can follow her upcoming releases and other events by joining her newsletter at, or visiting her Facebook, Twitter, or Bebo accounts. You can also contact her at

Libby Fischer Hellmann is the award-winning author of 9 crime fiction novels, including two series and several stand-alones. The Ellie Foreman suspense series, which Libby describes as a cross between “Desperate Housewives” and “24,” includes four titles. Libby also writes the harder edged Georgia Davis PI series, (EASY INNOCENCE, DOUBLEBACK, and TOXICITY) and the stand-alone thriller SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE. All her books are available as ebooks and print. A BITTER VEIL, a literary thriller set in revolutionary Iran, will be released in April, 2012.

A BITTER VEIL was featured in April’s TheBigThrill.

Angela Alsaleem resides in Gridley, California with her wonderful and super supportive husband, her beautiful daughter, and two happy dogs. By day, she works as a Documents Administrator for a pension firm. By night, she writes dark speculative fiction. Angela Alsaleem is the author of SANITARIUM, released in March, 2011 and WOMEN SCORNED, released in April, 2012. She’s had over 20 stories published and looks forward to many more publications in the future.

Tom Young served in Afghanistan and Iraq with the Air National Guard. Military honors include two Air Medals, three Aerial Achievement Medals, and the Air Force Combat Action Medal. Young is the author of THE MULLAH’S STORM and SILENT ENEMY, novels set in the Afghanistan war. SILENT ENEMY received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, and will be released in paperback in June. Young’s newest novel, THE RENEGADES, comes to book stores in July.

William Craig Reed is the New York Times bestselling author of Red November (HarperCollins, 2010) and served as a decorated U.S. Navy diver completing joint missions with Navy SEAL teams. Reed’s latest book, THE EAGLE AND THE SNAKE (DiversionBooks, 2012) is the first plot-interactive ebook thriller with a multimedia-enhanced non-fiction Afterword. Reed is also a marketing consultant with clients such as Apple, HP, SAP and Adobe—the leader in ebook publishing software.

Robert Liparulo is the best-selling author of five thrillers for adults and the six-book Dreamhouse Kings series for young adults. Nine of his books have been optioned for feature motion pictures. He is also writing an original script with Andrew Davis, the director of THE FUGITIVE and THE GUARDIAN. He has lived in Colorado since 1976, and currently lives in Monument with his wife Jodi and their four children.

D. P. Lyle is the Macavity winning and Edgar nominated author of both fiction and non-fiction. He has worked with many novelists and with the writers of the TV shows Law & Order, CSI: Miami, Diagnosis Murder, Monk, Judging Amy, Cold Case, House, Medium, Women’s Murder Club, The Glades, and Pretty Little Liars.

To learn more about D. P. Lyle and his latest nonfiction book, MORE FORENSICS IN FICTION, click here.

A former journalist, Kellyann Zuzulo is a published author, freelance editor, and a Curator for Daily eReads. Her most recent novel is THE GENIE IGNITES from Boroughs Publishing Group. As a curator, she identifies titles in the thriller and crime fiction genres for promotion on the Daily eReads site. Kellyann lives in Pennsylvania and is currently working on the next book in The Zubis Chronicles series.

Midwest born and raised, Brian Andrews is a US Navy Veteran who served as an officer aboard a 688 class nuclear submarine in the Pacific. He graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a degree in psychology. He is a Park Leadership Fellow and holds a Masters degree from Cornell University. Brian lives in Tornado Alley with is wife and daughter. Please say hello on Facebook and read more about the CALYPSO DIRECTIVE.

Linda Rodriguez’s EVERY LAST SECRET (Minotaur Books), winner, Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition, launches 4/24/12. For her poetry, Rodriguez received the Midwest Voices & Visions Award, Elvira Cordero Cisneros Award, Thorpe Menn Award; finalist, Eric Hoffer Book Award, KCArtsFund Inspiration Award, Ragdale and Macondo fellowships. She is a member of Latino Writers Collective, Wordcraft Circle of Native American Writers and Storytellers, Kansas City Cherokee Community, International Thriller Writers, and Sisters in Crime.

Linda and her novel, EVERY LAST SECRET, are featured in the April edition of TheBigThrill.

James Conway is a pseudonym for a hedge fund insider and a global creative director at a major advertising firm. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University and lives in New York’s Hudson Valley. Follow him on Twitter at or

William Todd Rose was named by The Google+ Insider’s Guide as one of their top 32 authors to follow. He writes speculative fiction that lends itself to the dark, and often surreal, realm of the macabre. For more information, including links to free fiction, please visit his website.

William Todd Rose was featured in TheBigThrill’s April edition. Click here to learn more.