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Read the stories that were in the April edition of the Big Thrill.

Authors charting their own course comes through as the theme of this issue, with Lisa Unger revealing how she crafts her creative vision for a work of fiction. We have gathered valuable insights from novelists such as Steve Berry, Greg Iles, Kate White, Anthony Franze, Wendy Tyson, and Lori Rader-Day. “International Thrills” brings you the work of Pol Koutsakis in Greece, and “African Scene” goes to South Africa with Jassy Mackenzie.

Alex Segura tells what goes into building a private eye main character in “Off the Page,” and we’ve got quite an engaging chat between E. A. Aymar and Walt Gragg in “Debut Spotlight.”

More writers heard from in this issue: DiAnn Mills, Karen Katchur, Armand Rosamilia, Cara Putnam, Terry Shames, Lisa von Biela, and many more.

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Coming Next Month

The latest thrillers from Christopher Golden, Sara Paretsky, Alan Jacobson, Radha Vatsal, Sherry Knowlton, Harry Hunsicker, Sandra Block, J. T. Brannan, Lisa Preston, Karen Harper, Gary Alexander, Jeffrey Layton, Dana King, Danny Gardner, Rick Reed, Sasscer Hill, Susan Sleeman, Radha Vatsal, Walt Gragg, Mauro Azzano, Bonnie Hearn Hill and many more!

ThrillerFest XII: Registration is Open!

tfestxii_500Your ThrillerFest team is hard at work planning July’s conference where we’ll feature 2017 ThrillerMaster Lee Child, 2016 ThrillerMaster Heather Graham, 2017 Silver Bullet Award recipient Lisa Gardner, 2016 Silver Bullet Award recipient John Lescroart and MATCH UP (ITW Anthology) authors: Lara Adrian, Steve Berry, C.J. Box, Sandra Brown, Lee Child, Nelson DeMille, Diana Gabaldon, Andrew Gross, Charlaine Harris, Lisa Jackson, Peter James, J.A. Jance, Michael Koryta, Gayle Lynds, Val McDermid, David Morrell, Kathy Reichs, John Sandford, Lisa Scottoline, Karin Slaughter, and Eric Van Lustbader.

Master CraftFest: An extraordinary opportunity for writers and authors to meet and learn from the best in the industry in a full day of teaching and review of sample writing on Tuesday.

CraftFest: A host of industry experts or phenomenal teachers helping writers and authors improve their craft or assist in advancing their careers in classroom-type settings of hour-long sessions throughout the day Wednesday and Thursday morning.

PitchFest: An incredible opportunity for writers to pitch their manuscripts to as many of the best agents, publishers, and editors in the industry as they want on Thursday afternoon. (Note: Registration for PitchFest is an additional cost to either CraftFest or ThrillerFest and cannot be purchased as a stand-alone event for writers.)

ThrillerFest: A wonderful opportunity to meet the most successful and bestselling thriller authors in the world, starting with the Opening Night Cocktail Party on Thursday evening, and continuing with panels, interviews, and autograph sessions on Friday and Saturday.

The Thriller Awards Banquet, which is an added feature on the registration options, provides attendees a chance to see authors recognized by their peers for their work on Saturday night, the closing event. This is an amazing experience for both readers and authors, and should not be missed.

Register Today!

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 April. You won’t want to miss it!

April 3 – 9: “Fiction can educate – explaining the routines and need for national security, public safety, and other government or corporate operations. Which thriller writers are skilled at educating the public on otherwise difficult public and business programs?”
April 10 – 16: “Books often focus on food, but what about beverages? How do thriller writers work coffee, alcohol, or water into the lives of their characters?”
April 17 – 23: “Mental illness in thrillers? Is it always the antagonist? And if not, are social ills always to blame?”
April 24 – 30: “Of the books you have written, which is your favorite? And do your readers necessarily agree?”

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 Pam Williams, the winner of this month’s BIG THRILL giveaway. Pam will receive an assortment of signed thrillers including Damn Near Broke by Gary Alexander, The Devil’s Triangle by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison, Heavy Metal by Andrew Bourelle, Eating Bull by Carrie Rubin, Color Blind by Sheila Sobel, Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner, Chilled to the Bones by Linda Lee Kane, Say Nothing by Brad Parks and Falling Darkness by Karen Harper.

All subscribers to The Big Thrill magazine are automatically eligible for the monthly drawing. CLICK HERE to subscribe to The Big Thrill.