War stories? Global threats? Slightly over the top characters? This week ITW Members Barry Lancet, David Oneil, Anna Lee Huber and J. H. Bográn discuss “What does it take to be called a thriller?”
Anna Lee Huber is the author of the award-winning Lady Darby historical mystery series. Her debut, THE ANATOMIST’S WIFE, has been nominated for numerous awards, including two 2013 RITA® Awards and a 2013 Daphne du Maurier Award. Her second novel, MORTAL ARTS, releases September 3rd. She was born and raised in a small town in Ohio, and graduated from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN with a degree in music and a minor in psychology. She currently lives in Indiana, and enjoys reading, singing, traveling and spending time with her family.
Barry Lancet moved from California to Tokyo in his twenties. He spent twenty-five years working for one of the country’s largest publishers, developing books on dozens of Japanese subjects from art to Zen. His unique position gave him access to many inner circles in cultural, business, and traditional fields most outsiders are never granted. One day, he was unexpectedly hauled in by the police for a non-criminal infraction and interrogated for three hours, in a heated psychological encounter. The run-in fascinated him and sparked the idea for a thriller based on his growing number of unusual experiences in Japan.
J. H. Bográn, born and raised in Honduras, is the son of a journalist. He ironically prefers to write fiction rather than fact. José’s genre of choice is thrillers, but he likes to throw in a twist of romance into the mix. His works include novels and short stories in both English and Spanish. He’s a member of the Short Fiction Writers Guild and the International Thriller Writers where he also serves as the Thriller Roundtable Coordinator and contributor editor their official e-zine THE BIG THRILL.
Artist and Photographer David O’Neil started writing seriously with a series of Highland guide books. His boyhood ambitions were to fly an aeroplane, and sail a boat. As a boy he and his family were bombed out of their home in London. He learned to fly with the RAF during his National Service. He started sailing boats while serving in the Colonial Police, in Nyasaland (Malawi). He spent 8 years there, before returning to UK. Since that time he lived in southern England where he became a management consultant for over twenty years. He returned to live in Scotland in 1980, and became a tour guide in1986. Having started writing in 2006. The first guide book was published in 2007. A further two have been published since. He started writing fiction in 2007 and has now written thirteen full length novels ten of which have been published. He has in addition had ‘Choices’ a collection of short stories published though in E format only.