Between The Lines

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…

Between the Lines: Riley Sager

The Fine Line Between Psychological Thriller and Horror By April Snellings In Riley Sager’s LOCK EVERY DOOR, a young woman, struggling with grief after a tragic loss, accepts a rare opportunity to…

Between the Lines: John Sandford

Mastering the Thriller Craft By Dawn Ius In the opening scene of John Sandford’s new thriller NEON PREY, Deese—a thin, ropy-muscled “aggressive orangutan” of a man—lightly brushes extra virgin olive oil on…

Between the Lines: Liv Constantine

An Overnight Success, 13 Years in the Making By April Snellings Considering that few readers had heard of Liv Constantine before the stunning success of 2017’s The Last Mrs. Parrish, you’d be…

Between the Lines: Max Allan Collins

Weaving the Hidden History of a Girl Most Likely By Alex Segura If you’re a fan of hardboiled fiction or comics, the name Max Allan Collins is a familiar one. His CV…

Between the Lines: Taylor Stevens

The Jack and Jill You’re Looking For By Allison Brennan I have a rule: I read every book I blurb. The problem is that I write three books a year and have…

Between the Lines: J. D. Barker

Discovering the Secrets of a Legend By Nancy Bilyeau While it may seem that the vampire novel has been drained of every conceivable drop of blood, the truth is, the Undead can…

Between the Lines: Lisa Unger

Exploring the State Between Asleep and Awake By Dawn Ius “Between the dreams of night and day, there is not so great a difference.” The great philosopher Carl Jung may not have…

Between the Lines: Wendy Tyson

Darkness in a Town of Sunshine By E. M. Powell Fall is an easy season to love—but if you’re not quite ready for the shorter days and lower temperatures, you can grab…

Between the Lines: Hank Phillippi Ryan

Finding Trust in the Truth By Josie Brown If you’re a novelist, the best way to make lemonade from a lemon of a non-fiction book deal gone awry is to re-purpose it…

Between the Lines: J. T. Ellison

A Dangerous Search for the Truth  By J. H. Bográn  A popular plotting device among authors is to ask, “What if…?” and then follow the rabbit down the hole. So, what if…

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