We’re kicking off the 2020 Roundtable with ITW members J. C. Kenney, Benni Chisholm, J. H. Bográn and Phil Kurthausen! Please share with us your writing-related resolutions for 2020. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along. Happy New Year!
J. C. Kenney grew up in a household filled with books by legends Agatha Christie and Lilian Jackson Braun, among many others, so it was no surprise when he found himself writing mystery stories. When he’s not writing, you can find him following IndyCar racing or listening to music. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife, two sons, and a cat who is the inspiration for Ursula in the Allie Cobb Mysteries.
Benni Chisholm grew up on the Canadian prairies, and, while a student earning a BSN, started writing light verse. She worked as a public health nurse, helped four wonderful children raise themselves, and saw the publication of a few poems, a biography, an anniversary booklet, a newsletter (eight years as editor), and several articles and short stories. Chisholm’s fondness for travel is apparent in her previous cozy mystery novels: Stained Sand, Odd Odyssey, and Showman or Shaman. She lives with her husband in the Pacific Northwest.
J. H. Bográn is an international author of novels, short stories and scripts for television and film. He’s the son of a journalist, but ironically prefers to write fiction rather than facts. His genre of choice is thrillers, but he likes to throw in a twist of romance into the mix. He currently divides his time as resource development manager for Habitat for Humanity Honduras, teaching classes at a local university, and writing his next project. He lives in San Pedro Sula, Honduras with his wife, three sons and a “Lucky” dog. His motto is “I never tell lies, I only write them!”
Phil Kurthausen is a thriller and crime novelist from Liverpool who now lives in Barcelona. His novel The Silent Pool won the Crime & Thriller section in the Harper Collins People’s Novelist Competition broadcast on national TV in the UK in November 2011. It was later shortlisted for the Dundee International Literary Prize. The successful follow-up in the Erasmus Jones series was Sudden Death with the standalone psychological thriller Don´t Let Me In published in late 2018. His latest novel, HOW TO KILL YOUR FRIENDS, was published in October 2019. He lives with his wife and a cat which, for legal reasons, bears no resemblance to the cat, Lil´ Bitch, from Don’t Let Me In.
- February 24 – March 1: “Crossing genre takes great skill, please discuss stories that have succeeded at it.” - February 23, 2020
- February 17 – 23: “Are broken-hearted villains suspenseful?” - February 16, 2020
- February 10 – 16: “What’s love got to do with it?” - February 9, 2020