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nov_web_past_issuesRead the stories that were in the November edition of the Big Thrill.

This issue dives deep into the origin stories of novels written by some of the most talented writers in the business. Tess Gerritsen tells us how a walk through the Venetian Ghetto inspired her to write an original and powerful thriller about love—and music. David Baldacci reveals how a journey to the American South leads to a plunge into the personal. Top-of-their game authors Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, Lisa Scottoline, and Allison Brennan share valuable insights to what influences and motivates them.

In the new column “Guided Tour,” Mark Alpert takes us inside the ground-breaking IBM Research Center, and in “Turning Point,” John Raab talks to “Dexter’s” Jeff Lindsay about why he’s returning to a character he created in the 1990s. This month’s “African Scene” interviews Michael Stanley on crime fiction in Botswana, and “International Thrills” brings you Anya Lipska, writing about the Polish underground of London.

This issue offers interviews with more than thirty other authors, including Alan Jacobson, Austin Camacho, Tony Schumacher, Elizabeth Edmondson, Cathy Clamp, and Toby Tate. Explore and enjoy!

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Coming Next Month

The latest thrillers from Steven James, Austin Camacho, Peter James, Joyce Tremel, Paige Tyler, Michael Stanley, Rick Ollerman, Bernard Maestas, Susan Sleeman, Steve P. Vincent, Matt Hilton, Donna Warner and Gloria Ferris, Alan L. Moss, Sherry Fowler Chancellor, Sandra Block, Ann Farnsworth, Brendan Rielly, C. Joseph Greaves and many more!

New E-Releases from ITW Members

New Audio Books from ITW Members

ThrillerFest XI: Advance Registration is Now Open!


Your ThrillerFest team is already hard at work planning for next July’s conference where we’ll feature 2016 ThrillerMaster Heather Graham and bestselling authors C.J. Box, Gillian Flynn and Walter Mosley. The 2016 Silver Bullet will be announced shortly. Like a compelling page-turner, we need to keep you in suspense, so stay tuned for more details!

Master CraftFest: Don’t miss this opportunity to study with the Masters of the genre in a one-day intensive workshop to take your writing to the next level. Everyone is welcome, from beginning writers to well-established authors. The instructors this year will be Steve Berry, Grant Blackwood, David Corbett, Meg Gardiner, Heather Graham, Andrew Gross, Richard Krevolin (Screen Writing) and Gayle Lynds.

CraftFest: Director D.P. Lyle, M.D. is already recruiting talented teachers to broaden your knowledge about the craft of writing as well as experts in fields like forensics and firearms so you can get the facts right in your novel.

PitchFest: PitchFest is dedicated to pitching your project face-to-face to agents, editors, and producers. It’s an unprecedented opportunity for writers looking to get or change agents. Check out some success stories!

ThrillerFest: We’re planning some phenomenal panels, always trying to innovate and entertain. Join us for the spotlight interviews, cocktail parties, workshops, and fabulous networking opportunities. Please check the volunteer box during registration, as it’s a great way to make new friends and help out ITW.

Register Today!

ITW’s Third Annual Online ThrillerSchool!

Starts March 14th, 2016!

Seven Weeks! Seven Bestselling Authors!

Join Lee Child, Meg Gardiner, David Corbett, James Scott Bell, Peter James, Hank Phillippi Ryan and F. Paul Wilson.

In this seven-week program, which begins March 14nd, 2016, 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 the past two years, 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 The Big Thrill 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.

Check out what’s in store for November. You won’t want to miss it!

November 2 – 8: “What does it take for a book to be a thriller? Stories, global threats, slightly over the top characters, or all of the above?”
November 9 -15: “Making it real, how to accurately write dialogue, settings or historical events.”
November 16 – 22: “Oh, the Holidays…can we integrate them to the plots in a seamless way?”

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 Suzanne Paul, the winner of this month’s BIG THRILL giveaway. Suzanne will receive an assortment of signed thrillers including Occupied Earth, edited by Richard J. Brewer and Gary Phillips, The Secret Life of Anna Blanc by Jennifer Kincheloe, Ghost to the Rescue by Carolyn Hart, The Survivor: A Mitch Rapp Novel by Kyle Mills (Vince Flynn), You are Dead by Peter James and The Girl Without a Name by Sandra Block.

All subscribers to THE BIG THRILL online magazine are automatically eligible for the monthly drawing.

CLICK HERE to subscribe to the BIG THRILL email.