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march_pastissuesRead the stories that were featured in the March edition of The Big Thrill.

The Big Thrill kicks off March with a Between the Lines interview with bestselling author C.J. Box, who talks about life in Wyoming, his acclaimed work, and his latest bestseller, ENDANGERED.

March also brings a new series for The Big Thrill: The Big Break, where bestselling thriller writers tell their stories of how they broke into the thriller game. The inaugural article includes an interview with Steve Berry, the self-proclaimed “poster child” of why aspiring writers shouldn’t give up. Before he became a household name, Berry suffered 12 years and 85 rejections. Read more about his inspirational story by Jeremy Burns.

Michael Sears returns with The Africa Scene with his interview of Amanda Coetzee, and writer Layton Green is back with International Thrills, featuring Adrian McKinty.

This month’s edition also includes interviews with two ITW icons, the organization’s co-founder David Morrell and its co-president M.J. Rose, who talk about their latest highly-anticipated releases. And, of course, we interview more than two dozen ITW members about their latest, and greatest, thrillers.

—The managing editors, Anthony Franze, Barry Lancet, and Dawn Ius

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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 Steve Berry, Harlan Coben, Heather Graham, Jon Land, DiAnn Mills, Elizabeth Goddard, Vincent Zandri, Alex Kava, H. W. “Buzz” Bernard, L.J. Sellers, David Walton, Mason Cross, Jess Faraday, Terry Shames, Bruce Holsinger, Rebecca Zanetti, Kevin Egan, Duffy Brown, Adrian Magson, Eric Giacometti, Jacques Ravenne & Anne Trager (translator), Robert D. Kidera, Simon Wood, J. L. Merrow, Gary Grossman, Annette Dashofy, James O. Born, Sharlene Almond, David Levien, Thomas F. Monteleone, Gary Haynes, Colin Campbell, David Hodges, Brian Pinkerton, Kristi Belcamino, Susan Sleeman, Graham Smith, Eli K.P. William, Robert D. Kidera, Frederique Molay, B. K. Stevens, A. J. Tata, Mark Petry, Anderson Harp and many more!

New E-Releases from ITW Members

New Audio Books from ITW Members

ThrillerFest X – Register Today!


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

Check out the Thrillerfest website, 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: There’s Still Time to Register!

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.

Here’s what’s in store for March!

March 2 – 8: “Do publishers fact-check–or is that the author’s job? Talk about big mistakes you have spotted.”
March 9 – 15: “Do some writers tend to work too hard, too long on the first chapter and neglect the rest of the story? How do you avoid that pitfall?”
March 16 – 22: “The TV series Seinfeld claimed their characters never changed, should the same apply to book series?”
March 23 – 29: “Have international novels evolved in recent years?”
March 30 – April 5: NO ROUNDTABLE.

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 Patrick Kanouse, the winner of this month’s BIG THRILL giveaway. Patrick will receive an assortment of signed thrillers including Monday’s Lie by Jamie Mason, The Killing Season by Mason Cross, Empire Rising by Rick Campbell, Done in One by Grant Jerkins and Jan Thomas, The Someday File by Jean Heller, In Dangerous Waters by David O’Neil and Assault and Pepper by Leslie Budewitz.