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thriller-roundtable-logo5Domestic thrillers? Crime thrillers? Action thrillers? Historical thrillers? This week we ask ITW members Robert E. Kearns, Jess Montgomery, Larry Loftis, L. A. Starks, William L. Myers, Jr. and Keenan Powell to tell us your favorite sub-genre of thrillers and why? Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along – you won’t want to miss this!


L. A. Starks is an energy investor and the author of the Lynn Dayton thriller series. Strike Price, the second in the series, won the Texas Association of Authors’ First Place Award for best mystery/thriller. She is also multi-published in nonfiction. Starks was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She grew up in Oklahoma, went to school in New Orleans and Chicago, and now lives in Texas. Her favorite recent international destinations include Denmark, Spain, and Switzerland.


William L. Myers, Jr. is the No. 6 bestselling author for Amazon Kindle in 2017 for his debut. Once you pick up his legal thriller and bestselling novel, A Criminal Defense, it becomes obvious he is not new to the intricacies of the legal profession. Open A Criminal Defense and you’ll find yourself lost in a labyrinth of deceits and hidden agendas, a world where everyone has a secret. You never know what is going to happen next or when the plot is going to take another unexpected turn.


Jess Montgomery is the author of the Kinship Historical Mystery series, inspired by Ohio’s true first female sheriff and published by Minotaur Books. THE WIDOWS, the first book in the series, is set in 1920s Appalachia and follows two women who investigate murder and fight for their community. Jess is also a newspaper columnist, focusing on the literary life, authors and events of her native Dayton, Ohio for the Dayton Daily News.


Larry Loftis is the international bestselling author of the nonfiction spy thriller, INTO THE LION’S MOUTH: The True Story of Dusko Popov — World War II Spy, Patriot, and the True Life Inspiration for James Bond.



Keenan Powell illustrated the original Dungeons and Dragons, then ditched art for law school. The day after graduating, she moved to Alaska where she continues to practice. She is the author of the Maeve Malloy series set in contemporary Alaska. Her debut, Deadly Solution, was published in 2018. The second in the series, Hemlock Needle, is being published in January of 2019.


Robert E. Kearns was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1971. He held roles in accounting and finance for various multi national organisations in both Ireland and Texas, where he lived for nine years. He currently lives in Dublin, Ireland. HY BRASIL, ISLAND OF ETERNITY is his first novel.