The Cold War ended in the late 1980s, yet Russia still plays a key role in many modern-day thrillers. This week ITW Members Sharon Linnea, David Swatling, Todd Moss, Robert Boeder and Alex Shaw discuss some surprise cities that might take center stage in the future?
Alex Shaw spent the second half of the 1990s in Kyiv, Ukraine, teaching Drama and running his own business consultancy before being head-hunted for Siemens. The next few years saw him travelling across the former USSR, the Middle East and Africa. He is the author of the Aidan Snow SAS thrillers HETMAN & COLD BLACK and the DELTA FORCE VAMPIRE series. DANGEROUS, DEADLY, ELITE – the new Aidan Snow thriller will be available late 2014.
Sharon Linnéa is the co-author of the bestselling Eden thrillers (CHASING EDEN, BEYOND EDEN, and TREASURE OF EDEN), as well as the mystery THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS and award-winning biographies. She lives outside of New York City with her family.
David Swatling grew up in New York, studied theatre, and moved to Amsterdam in 1985. He produced arts and culture programs for Radio Netherlands and is three-time winner of the NLGJA Excellence in Journalism Award. CALVIN’S HEAD is his first novel.
Todd Moss, formerly the top American diplomat in West Africa, draws on his real-world experiences inside the U.S. Government to bring to life the exhilaration—and frustrations—of modern-day diplomacy. THE GOLDEN HOUR was originally inspired by the August 2008 coup d’état in Mauritania when Todd was dispatched by Secretary Condoleezza Rice to negotiate with the junta leader. Todd is also the author of several non-fiction books on Africa. He is now Senior Fellow and COO at the Center for Global Development, a think-tank in Washington DC and lives in Maryland with his family.
Robert Boeder is the author of two thrillers, Red Star Over Pattaya set in Thailand, and Zambezi River Bridge that takes place in Southern Africa. He has also published the prize winning historical novel The Chinese Laundry and Silverton Burning, both set in Southwestern Colorado as well as two non-fiction works on long distance trail running, Beyond the Marathon and Hardrock Fever. Boeder divides his time between Colorado and Thailand.