Between The Lines

Between the Lines: Bev Vincent, Interview by Stephen King

Exploring Stephen King’s Vast Sphere of Influence Interview by Stephen King Intro by Dawn Ius On any given week, there’s a good chance #StephenKing will be trending on Twitter. Sometimes, it’s King…

Between the Lines: Gabino Iglesias

The Spaces Between By April Snellings If you’re a writer who uses Twitter, there’s a good chance Gabino Iglesias has talked you through a rough day. Thanks to a devoted base of…

Between the Lines: Rachel Howzell Hall

Family Secrets, Murder and Lies By Esme Addison Acclaimed author Rachel Howzell Hall was that kid. The kid who kept a pen in her hand at all times, scribbling in notebooks, on…

Between the Lines: David Yoon

Reimagining the Apocalyptic Thriller By Guy Bergstrom Imagine waking up injured and alone, not knowing your name or what happened to the world—then having to forage for food and water, while trying…

Between the Lines: Rob Hart

Time Travel, Robots, and Dinosaurs—Oh My! By Dawn Ius Rob Hart would never call himself an overnight success—he’d written a half dozen (excellent) novels, including one with bestselling author James Patterson, before…

Between the Lines: Jacquelyn Mitchard

The Importance of Persistence, Resilience, and Writing Well By Dawn Ius Anyone who has tried to put pen to paper knows that publishing is an emotional roller coaster, not for the faint…

Between the Lines: Alice Henderson

A Chilling Tale of Human—and Animal—Survival Interview by Millie Naylor Hast From submarines to courtrooms to the Arctic, thriller authors immerse us in exotic locations and shower us with details only an…

Between the Lines: John Connolly

Celebrating Two “Darkly Ingenious” Releases By April Snellings It’s been more than 22 years since John Connolly roared onto the thriller scene in May 1999 with his brutal debut Every Dead Thing,…

Between the Lines: Andrews & Wilson

Starting a New Series with a Bang By José H. Bográn Authors Brian Andrews and Jeffrey Wilson have had a bang-up couple of years. In addition to thrilling readers with installments of…

Between the Lines: Megan Abbott

The Slow Burn of a Ballet Thriller By Karen Hugg When Megan Abbott saw The Nutcracker for the first time, she was enthralled. “Such magic and mystery,” she says, “and a young…

Between the Lines: Tess Gerritsen and Gary Braver

Treading on Dangerous Territory By Dawn Ius Though Tess Gerritsen and Gary Braver have been friends and writing colleagues for more than 25 years, it wasn’t until the two chatted at a…

Between the Lines: Jake Tapper

The Art of Juggling By April Snellings If you think you don’t have time to write a novel, Jake Tapper is here to disabuse you of that notion. Since he was named…

Between the Lines: J.D. Barker

Playing the Long Game By Adam Meyer In talking about his new novel, A CALLER’S GAME, author J.D. Barker spent some time reflecting on his long and varied career. Some highlights include…

On the Cover: Alma Katsu

Navigating a New Genre By J.H. Bográn In RED WIDOW, a young CIA officer is asked to track down the mole inside Russia Division who is giving up important assets—Russians that the…

Between the Lines: John Douglas

Revisiting the Long and Dark Shadow of a Killer By Dawn Ius The name John Douglas is familiar to anyone involved in forensic science—and to be fair, true crime junkies across the…

Up Close: Daco Auffenorde

Love, Hate, and the Devastating Power of Nature By Robert Rotstein As part of the International Thriller Writers’ debut class of 2013, I met many wonderful writers, including award-winning author Daco S.…

Between The Lines: Karen Dionne

On Incorporating Traditional Fairytale Elements By J. H. Bográn Three years after her smash hit The Marsh King’s Daughter, internationally bestselling author Karen Dionne returns to familiar ground in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula…

Between the Lines: Joe Clifford

Playing the Long Game By Dawn Ius Joe Clifford knows better than most that publishing—like life sometimes—is a tough grind. “This is interesting work,” he says, with a touch of irony. “You…

Between the Lines: Sara Paretsky

Charting Unfamiliar Territory with a Familiar Character By Dawn Ius Almost 30 years have passed since Sara Paretsky’s V. I. Warshawski burst onto the literary scene, quickly establishing herself as one of…

ICONS: Clive Cussler (1931 – 2020)

The Extraordinary Life of a Legend By Dawn Ius It’s difficult to adequately describe the impact of a literary legend—even more so when that icon is Clive Cussler, the undisputed “Grandmaster of…

Between the Lines: Jeff Lindsay

Dexter Creator Dreams up a New Antihero By April Snellings When faced with the dreaded question to which every novelist must submit—“Where did you get the idea for this book?”—Jeff Lindsay had…

Between the Lines: Alan Furst

Accidental Spies (and Spy Novelists) By April Snellings If you want proof of the thriller genre’s remarkable elasticity, look no further than the world of spy fiction. There’s an entire vein of…

Between the Lines: Patricia Cornwell

Refuelling the Creative Well By Dawn Ius Patricia Cornwell has spent almost a quarter century in a literary morgue, carving out 24 page-turning forensic thrillers featuring her fierce protagonist, Dr. Kay Scarpetta.…

Between the Lines: Karin Slaughter

Tackling a Story That’s a Little Too Timely By April Snellings [Note: The following piece contains spoilers for the Grant County series, which concluded in 2007 with Beyond Reach.] It’s been 13…

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