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This week ITW Members Angie Fox, C.E. Lawrence, Laurie Stevens, John Wayne Falbey, Joseph Amiel and Amy Rogers discuss the science thriller: “How do you get your science right? Does it matter?” It’s a can’t-miss week for thriller writers!


Laurie Stevens is a novelist, screenwriter, and playwright. A graduate of UCLA Theater/Film/Television, she started her career working in sales and marketing for Columbia Records. Laurie has written for television and for film. Her stage play, “Follow Your Dreams”, co-written with writer/director Ronald Jacobs, ran for eight weeks in Los Angeles. Laurie’s articles and short stories have appeared in numerous national and online publications, and her new novel THE DARK BEFORE DAWN is the first in a psycho-thriller/detective series based in the Santa Monica Mountain near Los Angeles. The novel has earned the coveted Kirkus Star and was also named to Kirkus Review’s “Best of 2011”. Psychology and forensics interest Laurie so the book is rich with both. Married, with two children, Laurie has been known to sneak into the county morgue and her favorite research is to pick the brains of therapists! (How’s that for a twist?)

John Wayne Falbey is a modern Renaissance man: attorney, martial artist, real estate developer, triathlete, university professor, competitive cyclist, lecturer, downhill skier, author, and adventurer. He wrote his first novel in his “spare time” as a student at Vanderbilt University School of Law in order to counter the regimentation of law school. His latest novel, SLEEPING DOGS: THE AWAKENING, a techno-political thriller, is the first of a planned trilogy.

Amy Rogers is a Harvard-educated scientist who switched from teaching biology to writing science-themed thriller novels. Her debut novel PETROPLAGUE is about a biotechnology disaster in which oil-eating bacteria contaminate the fuel supply of Los Angeles and paralyze the city. Her website attracts readers who enjoy science, medicine, and technology in their leisure reading with book reviews, author interviews, giveaways, and more related to science in fiction.

C.E. Lawrence is the byline of a New York-based suspense writer, performer, composer and prize-winning playwright and poet whose previous books have been praised as “lively. . .” (Publishers Weekly); “constantly absorbing. . .” (starred Kirkus Review); and “superbly crafted prose” (Boston Herald). SILENT SCREAMS, SILENT VICTIM and SILENT KILLS are the first three books in her Lee Campbell thriller series. Her other work is published under the name of Carole Bugge. Titan Press recently reissued her first Sherlock Holmes novel, THE STAR OF INDIA.

Angie Fox is the New York Times bestselling author of several books about vampires, werewolves and things that go bump in the night. She is best known for her Accidental Demon Slayer series. She is also writing a series about a group of paranormal M*A*S*H surgeons. The first book in the Monster MASH trilogy, titled IMMORTALLY YOURS, is due out from St. Martin’s Press in August 2012.

Joseph Amiel is an internationally best-selling author, whose novels include STAR TIME, BIRTHRIGHT, DEEDS, HAWKS and A QUESTION OF PROOF. He has also won awards for screenwriting and for his comedy-mystery web series Ain’t That Life. A graduate of Amherst College and Yale Law School, he is married and lives in New York City.