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Up Close: Jon Land by David Swatling

Taking a Series to New Heights By David Swatling Anyone who has attended ThrillerFest knows Jon Land, award-winning author of bestselling novels and nonfiction, including his series featuring Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong. They’ll also recognize him…

Trend Report: Jack the Ripper Strikes Again

Why We Never Tire of  “Saucy Jack” By Dawn Ius It’s been 128 years since the East End was terrified by a sadistic killer who mutilated prostitutes and, in the midst of his reign…

Get It Right: Bryan E. Robinson

Ten Misconceptions About Psychotherapy in Fiction By Bryan E. Robinson, Ph.D. There is no shortage of schools of thought about psychotherapy, but if what you know about psychotherapy comes from novels, you…

Industry Focus: Kimberley Howe’s Report on Thrillerfest

Industry Focus: On the Frontlines  By Kimberley Howe ThrillerFest attendees are still buzzing from this year’s memorable conference.  We kicked off the week with a day at the FBI where participants were…

International Thrills: Clare Mackintosh

Exploring the Inevitability of Fate By Joanna Penn Clare Mackintosh’s debut novel, I Let You Go, was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller for 12 weeks, and was the fastest selling title by…

Author Guided Tour: J.H. Bográn on Honduras

A Rich History, a Vibrant Culture  By J. H. Bográn  Honduras’ flag inspired a motto used during the 2010 Fifa World Cup: “Un país, una pasión, ¡cinco estrellas en el corazón.” The rough translation is: “One country, one passion, five stars in the heart!” I…

Get It Right: R.G. Belsky on the Job of Journalists

“Stop the Presses!” and Other Newsroom Myths  By R.G. Belsky A lot of people think the news business is like All the President’s Men: Woodward and Bernstein bringing down Richard Nixon. Or…

Up Close: Karin Slaughter by Dawn Ius

Using Humor to Crawl From the Darkness By Dawn Ius One of the most memorable moments at Thrillerfest this past year took place during an interview between Karin Slaughter and Gillian Flynn.…

Author Guided Tour: Dawn Ius in Las Vegas

Can You Take the Sin Out of Sin City? By Dawn Ius I remember my first time to Las Vegas like it was yesterday, even though I was 14 years old. My…

Turning Point: Hank Phillippi Ryan by Wendy Tyson

Writing a Gutsy Heroine From the Heart By Wendy Tyson Hank Phillippi Ryan is well known on several fronts. She’s an award-winning on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s NBC affiliate and an award-winning…

Industry Focus: Richard Kevolin

From Coffee Shop to Big Screen: Hollywood for Writers By Layton Green This month I have a special guest on International Thrills.  I’d wager that all writers have at least one mentor…

Up Close: Interview with Brad Thor

A Story of Deadly Rivals  By J. H. Bográn Scot Harvath is back. Those words send chills down the spines of Brad Thor readers everywhere. With novel Number 15 in the series about to hit the stores, anticipation soars for the next page-turner revolving around Harvath, an…

International Thrills: Raymond Khoury

Conspiracy Thrillers and THE END GAME By Joanna Penn Raymond Khoury is a New York Times bestselling novelist and award-winning screenwriter. Raymond’s latest book is THE END GAME and you can find…

Get It Right: J.J. Hensley

Portraying the Secret Service Accurately By J.J. Hensley True story:  The shot rang out from somewhere behind me.  Instantly, I shielded the person walking beside me and began pushing her away from…

Trend Report

Are Westerns Back in the Saddle? By Dawn Ius Bummed out that AMC’s popular TV western Hell on Wheels is on its last ride? Hold on, folks—frontier fiction is back in the…

International Thrills: Sofie Sarenbrant

The New Star of the Swedish Mystery Scene By Layton Green Sweden has a history of producing excellent crime novelists, famous for bleak Scandinavian settings and dark, psychological suspense.  Names such as…

Trend Report: The New Short

Can the New Short Capture Reluctant Readers? By Dawn Ius Hey, reluctant readers! James Patterson is gunning for you. The author of 156 bestselling novels that have sold more than 300 million…

Turning Point: Brad Meltzer

A Game-Changing Female Protagonist  By Nancy Bilyeau Brad Meltzer writes carefully crafted, high-stakes thrillers loaded with secret history.  So he’s delivering a hot story to the thriller crowd while making legions of…

Get It Right: Susanna Calkins

How long does it take to travel by horse? By Susanna Calkins While working on my Lucy Campion historical mysteries, I came across a rather straightforward mystery of my own:  How long…

Turning Point: Heather Graham

  Heather Graham Takes a Bite Out of the Big Apple By Dawn Ius Heather Graham has traveled the fictional globe with her bestselling romantic thrillers, but until now has steered fairly…

International Thrills: Obinna Udenwe

Writing a Conspiracy Thriller Set in Nigeria By J.F. Penn Nigerian author Obinna Udenwe’s latest book, SATANS AND SHAITANS, is out now in Kindle edition, and available for pre-order in paperback. USA…

Common Ground: Writers Answer Our Questions, by Dawn Ius

Common Ground: Chasing the Thrill—For Real By Dawn Ius Anyone with Google Maps and access to Yelp can pinpoint the exact address of the best pub in New York (Finnegan’s?) A deeper search…

Industry Spotlight: When An Author Hits the No. 1 Spot

By Andy Martin After observing Lee Child at work for one year as he wrote his 20th thriller, Andy Martin, a Cambridge educator and author, wrote ‘Reacher Said Nothing: Lee Child and…

Africa Scene: Interview with Todd Moss

A Diplomat Turns Thriller Writer   By Michael Sears Todd Moss has the perfect background to write political thrillers about diplomacy around the world. In 2007 he was the top U.S. diplomat…

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