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thriller-roundtable-logo5This week ITW Members Robert Dugoni, A. F. Brady, Rick Treon, John Vanek, Victoria Gilbert, Dana King, Russell James, Hilary Davidson and Hannah Mary McKinnon will discuss the dangers of modeling characters after people you know, and tell us when they resort to using this device. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along – you don’t want to miss it!


Robert Dugoni is the critically acclaimed New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon Best Selling Author of The Tracy Crosswhite series, My Sister’s Grave, Her Final Breath, In the Clearing, and The Trapped Girl. The Crosswhite Series has sold more than 2,000,000 books and My Sister’s Grave has been option for television series development. He is also the author of the best-selling David Sloane series, The Jury Master, Wrongful Death, Bodily Harm Murder One and The Conviction, and the stand-alone novels The 7th Canon, a 2017 finalist for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for best novel, The Cyanide Canary, A Washington Post Best Book of the Year, and several short stories.


Hannah Mary McKinnon was born in the UK, grew up in Switzerland and moved to Canada in 2010. After a long and successful career in recruitment, she quit the corporate world in favor of writing. Her first novel, Time After Time (a lighthearted rom-com) was published in June 2016. Her second, the domestic suspense story The Neighbors, arrived March 2018. Her third, Her Secret Son, will follow in May 2019. She lives in Oakville, Ontario, with her husband and three sons, and is delighted by her twenty second commute.


Hilary Davidson is the author of the Anthony Award-winning Lily Moore series–which includes The Damage Done, The Next One to Fall, and Evil in All Its Disguises–and the hardboiled thriller Blood Always Tells. Her next novel, One Small Sacrifice, will be published by Thomas & Mercer in May 2019.



John Vanek was a physician in his previous life. He’s the author of the Father Jake Austin Mystery Series (think 21st century version of G.K. Chesterton’s Father Brown, with a shadowy past and hints of PBS’s Grantchester). John now lives happily as an ink-stained-wretch in Florida. He teaches a writing workshop for seniors at a local college, and enjoys swimming, hiking, sunshine, good friends, and red wine. Book two, Miracles, is now available.


A. F. Brady is a NYS Licensed Mental Health Counselor born and raised in Manhattan, currently living in New York with her husband, their children and their dog. Her first novel THE BLIND (Park Row | Harlequin Books) was published in September 2017. In addition to writing, she currently works as a psychotherapist in private practice where she works with individuals and couples. She also runs a professional organizing and design business based in the idea that mental health is affected by our home environments.


Rick Treon is a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Writers’ League of Texas and the Texas High Plains Writers. Prior to writing suspense novels and personal essays, Treon had a career in journalism that included reporting for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, reporting and editing at the Amarillo Globe-News and serving as managing editor for The Kerrville Daily Times. He still lives and writes in Texas.


Raised in a historic small town in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Victoria Gilbert turned her early obsession with books into a dual career as an author and librarian. Victoria’s first cozy mystery series, the Blue Ridge Library Mystery series, garnered her a three-book deal with Crooked Lane Books. The series has recently been expanded to five books. The first two books in the series have been optioned by Sony Pictures Television, and were produced in audiobook by Tantor Media. A MURDER FOR THE BOOKS, the first book in the series, was a Southern Independent Booksellers “Okra Pick” and was longlisted for a Southern Book Prize. Victoria is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and Sisters in Crime.


Dana King’s Penns River series of police procedurals includes Worst Enemies, Grind Joint, and Resurrection Mall (all published by Down & Out Books). His Nick Forte series has two Shamus Award nominations, for A Small Sacrifice and The Man in the Window. The third book in the series, Bad Samaritan, was published by Down & Out Books in January 2018. His short fiction has appeared in Spinetingler, New Mystery Reader, A Twist of Noir, Mysterical-E, and Powder Burn Flash as well as the anthology Blood, Guts, and Whiskey, edited by Todd Robinson.


Russell James grew up on Long Island, New York and spent too much time watching late night horror. He graduated from Cornell University and the University of Central Florida. After flying helicopters with the U.S. Army, he now spins twisted tales, including paranormal thrillers Dark Inspiration, Sacrifice, Black Magic, Dark Vengeance, Dreamwalker, and Q Island. His Grant Coleman adventure series covers Cavern of the Damned, Monsters in the Clouds, and Curse of the Viper King. His wife reads his work, rolls her eyes, and says, “There is something seriously wrong with you.”