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This week we discuss the book vs. the movie: In the early days of motion pictures, people used to say: “The book was better.” Does this maxim still hold true? Join ITW Members C.E. Lawrence, Michael W. Sherer, Michael Sears, Albert Ashforth and Larry D. Thompson for a Roundtable you won’t want to miss!


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 SLAUGHTER and the eBook SILENT STALKER are the most recent stories in her Lee Campbell thriller series. Her short story SILENT JUSTICE appears in Mystery Writers of America’s 2012 anthology, VENGEANCE, edited by Lee Child. Her short story THE VLY will appear in the MWA 2013 anthology WHAT LIES INSIDE, edited by Brad Meltzer. Her other work is published under the name of Carole Bugge. Titan Press recently reissued her first Sherlock Holmes novel,THE STAR OF INDIA.

Larry D. Thompson has drawn on decades of experience in the courtroom to craft page-turning legal thrillers. A Texas native, he tried more than 300 lawsuits before scratching the itch to be a novelist. He continues to be a trial lawyer. His latest thriller, DEAD PEASANTS, will be released on October 2nd.

After serving overseas in the US Army, Albert Ashforth graduated from Brooklyn College. He worked for two New York City newspapers, was an instructor for the University of Maryland’s Overseas Program, trained NATO officers at the German Military Academy and served as an instructor at 10th Group Special Forces headquarters in Europe. As a military contractor, he has done tours in Bosnia, Macedonia, Germany, Kosovo and Afghanistan. Mr. Ashforth is now on the faculty of the State University of New York.

Michael Sears is the author of BLACK FRIDAYS, a thriller with a financial twist, and the first in a series featuring Jason Stafford and The Kid. Mr. Sears was a Managing Director for two different Wall Street firms, where he worked in the bond market for twenty years. Prior to attending Columbia University for his MBA, he was a professional actor for eight years.

After stints as a manual laborer, dishwasher, bartender, restaurant manager, commercial photographer, magazine editor and public relations executive, Michael Sherer decided life should imitate art. He’s now an author and freelance writer. Mike has published six novels in the Emerson Ward mystery series and ISLAND LIFE a stand-alone suspense novel in addition to NIGHT BLIND. He’s now working on the fourth book in the Blake Sanders series as well as BLIND RAGE, a thriller for young adults. Visit him at