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thriller-roundtable-logo5Lynne Klippel wrote, “Well written books are like wine, the best ones require some time to mature.” This week ITW Members Reavis Wortham, John Florio, Steven Savile and David Sakmyster discuss whether or not publishers expect sequels too quickly and answer the question: “What has been the longest period between books in a series for you – and were readers forgiving?”


sugarpopmoonJohn Florio (Brooklyn, NY) is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in print, on the web, and on television. He is the author of the Jersey Leo crime series (Sugar Pop Moon and the forthcoming Blind Moon Alley); he is also the author of One Punch from the Promised Land: Leon Spinks, Michael Spinks, and the Myth of the Heavyweight Title. Visit John at Follow Jersey Leo at

The Right Side of WrongDuring Reavis Z. Wortham’s 35-year career in public education, he also wrote a weekly self-syndicated newspaper column, and for state and national magazines. Upon retirement in 2011, he began writing mystery thrillers. Kirkus Reviews listed his first novel, The Rock Hole, as one of “the top mysteries of 2011, written to the hilt and harrowing in its unpredictability.” Burrows and The Right Side of Wrong have received critical acclaim from Publishers Weekly and The Library Journal.

NDESteven Savile has written for DOCTOR WHO, STARGATE, STAR WARS and WARHAMMER, has sold over quarter of a million books worldwide, and is a number one bestseller in the United Kingdom. David Sakmyster is an award-winning author and screenwriter who has over two dozen short stories and seven novels published, including THE PHAROS OBJECTIVE, the first in a completed trilogy featuring psychic archaeologists.

pharosDavid Sakmyster is the award-winning author of over two dozen short stories and two novels, including THE PHAROS OBJECTIVE, book one in a series about remote-viewers and psychic archaeologists searching for a fabled treasure hidden below the ruins of the great Pharos Lighthouse. Crossroad Press just released the horror thriller, CRESCENT LAKE (epub only). In 2009 Dragon Moon Press published his epic historical fiction tale, SILVER AND GOLD (currently a finalist in ForeWord Reviews’ Book of the Year Award for Historical Fiction).

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