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january_web_past_issuesRead the stories that were featured in the January edition of The Big Thrill.

Happy New Year!

The Big Thrill is kicking off 2015 right with a Between the Lines interview with #1 New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag, who talks about her writing life, her latest blockbuster, Cold Cold Heart, and some things you surely didn’t know about the acclaimed author.

Also this month, our International Thrills series is back with J. F. Penn’s in-depth interview with bestselling UK thriller author Scott Mariani. And on the Africa Scene, Michael Sears brings us a fascinating 2014 Roundup.

The Big Thrill leads off the first month of the new year with a first of its own, a vignette by an ITW author, The Room by Barry-nominated author Tim O’Mara.

As if that weren’t enough, we also have interviews with more than thirty authors—all members of the International Thriller Writers—about their incredible new releases.

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Click on the book title below to read the feature story or click here to scroll through all of this month’s articles.

Coming Next Month

The latest thrillers from Lisa Gardner, Tim O’Mara, Lisa Unger, Kat Martin, Jack Getze, Ryan Quinn, Merry Jones, Susan Froetschel, Jamie Mason, Jeffrey B. Burton, Sandra Block, Gigi Pandian, Trisha Leaver & Lindsay Currie, Douglass Seaver, Brian Pinkerton, Paige Tyler, Lisa von Biela, S.L. Ellis, Ken Oxman, Mike Pace, Karen Rose, Jon Wilson and many more!

New E-Releases from ITW Members

New Audio Books from ITW Members

ThrillerFest X – Registration Now Available!

banner_450ThrillerFest X – July 7th – 11th, Grand Hyatt, NYC.

Check out the Thrillerfest website, advance registration now available!

In 2015 we’ll be honoring:

  • 2015 ThrillerMaster Nelson DeMille
  • 2014 ThrillerMaster Scott Turow
  • 2015 Silver Bullet Recipient Kathy Reichs
  • 2014 Silver Bullet Recipient Brenda Novak
  • 2015 Spotlight guest Mark Billingham
  • 2015 Spotlight guest Charlaine Harris
  • 2015 Spotlight guest Greg Iles

Some of the highlights of this year’s event include:

  • Master CraftFest
  • CraftFest
  • PitchFest
  • CareerFest
  • ThrillerFest
  • Thriller Awards Banquet

Want to learn more about ThrillerFest? Read a recap of the last ThrillerFest, ThrillerFest IX: Celebrating Ten Years of Innovation by Kimberley Howe and Anthony J. Franze


ITW’s Online ThrillerSchool Returns March 2nd, 2015!

Seven Weeks! Seven Bestselling Authors!

Join Steven James, D.P. Lyle, Robert Dugoni, Gayle Lynds,

Andrew Gross, Linwood Barclay and Heather Graham!


In this seven-week program, which begins March 2nd, 2015, the craft of thriller writing will be front and center. Each instructor will teach an aspect of craft though a podcast, written materials that include further reading and study suggestions, and an entire week of online Q&A with the registered students. The goal is simple: To make each student a better writer.

Like last year, the online school will fill up very quickly, so register soon. Visit ITW’s Online Thriller School for more information.

The Thriller Roundtable

Whether you’re a fan or an author, you’ll want to join the Thriller Roundtable discussions at TheBigThrill website, where each week a new group of authors discuss everything from what they love about writing thrillers, to what they’ve learned, and more.

Authors, don’t miss this promotional opportunity! Participate in the Thriller Roundtable by contacting J.H. Bográn.

The Neverending Book Giveaway

The Neverending Book GiveawayIf you’re a thriller fan who likes to win free books, be sure to check out the Neverending Book Giveaway on The Big Thrill website. Sign up for as many of the contests as you like! Just post a reply, and you’re entered!

Don’t forget to scroll down the list of contests or CLICK HERE for more contests and giveaways so you don’t miss any. (Tip: to shorten the display, click “Toggle Comment Threads.”) And because this book giveaway is “neverending,” be sure to check back often to enter the latest drawings!

Monthly Giveaway

Congratulations to Heather Ash, the winner of this month’s BIG THRILL giveaway. Heather will receive an assortment of signed thrillers including The Voice In My Ear by Ken Newman, Shadow of Doubt by Nancy Cole Silverman, Conch Town Girl by Daniel J. Barrett, Amazon Burning by Victoria Griffith, The God Hunter by Tim Less, The Blood of the Fifth Knight by E.M. Powell, Gideon by Alex Gordon, Killer’s Diary by Brian Pinkerton, Lane Changes by S.L. Ellis, One to Go by Mike Pace, Dead Wrong by Patricia Stoltey and End of Secrets by Ryan Quinn.