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In times of crisis, we take solace in creature comforts—the familiarity of an old fictional friend, the opportunity to escape reality, if even for a few hours, or the friendly smile of encouragement from a literary idol. No question about it, the industry is shook. But writers are resilient, and in this issue of The Big Thrill, the authors of dozens of new releases share how they are weathering this storm. This month, Dawn Ius talks to editors, agents, and writers about the impact of COVID-19 on the thriller writing industry, David Baldacci and J. D. Barker give insight into how tragedy can fuel inspiration, Maxine Mei-Fung Chung, Jennifer Hillier, and many others share how they are adapting their promotional efforts to meet new marketing challenges, and Dean Koontz reiterates the importance of not believing everything you hear. Plus, we pay tribute to the Grandmaster of Adventure, Clive Cussler, with a look back on his iconic career. Our April issue is packed with enough articles to keep you busy throughout self isolation. Stay home, friends—and stay healthy.

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Coming Next Month

The latest thrillers from Michael Connelly, R. G. Belsky, Scott Turow, Dale Brown, Paul Levine, Karen Harper, Kate White, Jack Carr, Heather Graham, Liv Constantine, Josie Brown, Sheena Kamal, Kaye D. Schmitz, Paul D. Brazill, Reagan Keeter, Arthur Kerns, Diane Byington, Nick Thacker, Elena Taylor, John Farrow, Ann Simas, Reece Hirsch, Dana King, James B. McPike, Joe Ricker and many more!

ThrillerFest XV: Registration is Open!

Kimberley Howe, ThrillerFest Executive Director, would like everyone to know we’re monitoring the situation in New York City carefully, and we’re in close contact with our friends at the Hyatt. The safety of our attendees is our absolute priority, and we’ll be keeping everyone informed about any updates. Please stay safe during these challenging times.

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!

April 13 – 19: “As thriller writers, what are we learning from the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak?”
April 20 – 26: “How hard it is to avoid “formula” writing?”
April 27 – May 3: “The term ‘high-concept’ is often suggested to beginner writers as something to aim for in their work. What is it and can you provide examples?”

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.

You could be our next winner!

Current and new subscribers welcome.

Death in the Family by Tessa Wegert
Man on Edge by Humphrey Hawksley
Such a Perfect Wife by Kate White
The Lucky One by Lori Rader-Day
VanOps: The Lost Power by Avanti Centrae

Leave No Stone by Lyndee Walker
Drone Strike by Joe Giordano
Blind Search by Paula Munier
Maxine Unleashes Doomsday by Nick Kolakowski
Good Girls Lie by J. T. Ellison

Levant Mirage by Oliver F. Chase
The Reluctant Witness by Mary Wickizer Burgess
Every Second Counts by Jack Cole
The Torch is Passed by Bill Powers
Civil Terror: Gridlock by J. Luke Bennecke

Criminal Misdeeds by Randee Green
Ears For Murder by Sue Owens Wright
What She Saw by Sheila Lowe
Veiled Memory by S. P. Brown
Petra’s Ghost by C. S. O’Cinneide