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It’s with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of two legendary members of the literary community in the last two months—Mary Higgins Clark and Clive Cussler were not only heroes in the mystery and thriller world, but their impact reaches to the far corners of the universe. They will be greatly missed. In this issue, we pay tribute to the “Queen of Suspense” with an ICONS feature by April Snellings that highlights Mary Higgins Clark’s tremendous influence in the writing community. We’ll do the same for Clive Cussler in April. Both of these great authors paved the way for thriller and mystery writers—both seasoned and aspiring—and in this issue, we get the scoop on new books by some of your favorite writers including Steve Berry, Meg Gardiner, Jason Pinter, Wendy Tyson, James Rollins and dozens more. Plus, Dawn Ius talks to Kathy Reichs about what it’s like to slip back into Temperance Brennan’s skin after a four-year hiatus. The March issue of The Big Thrill is live now! 

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Coming Next Month

The latest thrillers from Sarah Zettel, Jennifer Hillier, Menna van Praag, J. D. Barker, Dean Koontz, Marcia Clark, Clarissa Goenawan, Humphrey Hawksley, Linda Howard & Linda Jones, Tim O’Mara, Matthew Quirk, Lisa Harris, Cara Putman, Katharine Schellman, Melinda Leigh, Sarah M. Chen and E. A. Aymar, Tim Waggoner, Jerry Kennealy, C. S. O’Cinneide, Jennifer J. Chow, Richard Z. Santos, J. T. Brannan and many more!

ITW’s Seventh Annual Online Thriller School Starts March 23!

Eight Weeks! Eight Bestselling Authors!
Includes a Bonus Learn-to-Pitch Session!
Join Allison Brennan, Grant Blackwood, Steven James, Peter James,
Raymond Khoury, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Karen Dionne, and Kathleen Antrim!

In this eight-week program, which begins March 23, 2020, the craft of thriller writing will be front and center. Each instructor will teach an aspect of craft though a Facebook Live video, 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.

Attendance is limited, and we sold out last year.


ThrillerFest XV: Registration is Open!

ThrillerFest XV – 2020 will be held at the Grand Hyatt New York from July 7 – 11, 2020.

Come share in the excitement of another thrilling conference!

We have a fabulous line-up of special guests this year, including:

  • 2020 ThrillerMaster Diana Gabaldon
  • 2019 ThrillerMaster John Sandford
  • 2020 Silver Bullet Award recipient Michael Connelly
  • 2020 Spotlight Guest Veronica Roth
  • 2020 Spotlight Guest Joseph Finder
  • 2020 Thriller Legend Writers House

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 discusses everything from what they love about writing thrillers to what they’ve learned, and more.

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

March 16 – 22: “How do you distance yourself from the characters you write? Or do you?”

Authors, don’t miss this promotional opportunity! Participate in the Thriller Roundtable by contacting J. H. Bográn.

The NEW Big Thrill Book Giveaway

Congratulations to David P. and Linda L. winners of February’s New The Big Thrill Book Giveaway!

They each received 10 signed thrillers from ITW members.

Get a jump on our next contest below. You could be our next winner!

Current and new subscribers welcome.