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thriller-roundtable-logo5Stephen King suggests a closed door, and a degree of isolation, to get into writing. This week we ask ITW Members Amy Gail Hansen, Lisa KesslerVincent Zandri, Greg Herren and  Amy Christine Parker, “Besides the empty room, what else do you need to get into the writing mood?”


butterflysister PB CBorn in the Chicago suburbs, Amy Gail Hansen spent her early childhood near New Orleans. She holds a BA in English from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. A former English teacher, she works as a freelance writer and journalist in suburban Chicago, where she lives with her husband and three children. THE BUTTERFLY SISTER is her debut novel.

lake13Greg Herren is an award-winning author and editor who lives in New Orleans. His most recent novel for young adults, LAKE THIRTEEN, will be released on August 20th. To learn more about Greg, please visit his website.


TheGuilty2 (2)Vincent Zandri is the No. 1 International Bestselling Amazon author of THE INNOCENT, GODCHILD, THE REMAINS, MOONLIGHT FALLS, THE CONCRETE PEARL, MOONLIGHT RISES, and more. He is also the author of the Amazon bestselling digital shorts, PATHOLOGICAL, TRUE STORIES and MOONLIGHT MAFIA. Zandri’s publishers include Delacorte, Dell, StoneHouse Ink, StoneGate Ink, and Thomas & Mercer.

moonlightLisa Kessler is an award-winning author of dark paranormal fiction. Her debut novel, NIGHT WALKER, won a San Diego Book Award for best Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror, and many other awards. Her short stories have been published in print anthologies and magazines, and her vampire story, IMMORTAL BELOVED, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award. Lisa lives in southern California with her husband and two amazing kids.

gatednewcoverAmy Christine Parker writes full-time from her home near Tampa, Florida, where she lives with her husband, their two daughters, and one ridiculously fat cat. Visit her at and follow her on Twitter @amychristinepar

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