Thriller Roundtable

September 9 – 15: “What are high stakes and why are they important?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5We hear the phrase “high stakes” quite often when it comes to writing and storytelling, but what does it really mean. This week we’re joined by ITW Members DiAnn Mills, Reece Hirsch, J. H. Bográn and Joanna Davidson Politano as they define high stakes and explain why they are so important. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along. You won’t want to miss this!

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September 2 – 8: “How do you overcome the challenges of being both an agent/editor and a published author?

thriller-roundtable-logo5Wearing two hats can present some unusual challenges. This week we’re joined by authors who are also agents and/or editors, to ask: How do you overcome the challenges of being both an agent/editor and a published author? Please welcome Paula Munier, Juliet Grames, Jason Pinter, Lois Winston and Dawn Ius! Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along. You won’t want to miss this!

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August 26 – September 1: “Besides thrillers, what other genres do you love to read/write?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Everyone here at ITW loves thrillers, but this week we’re wondering what other genres you love to read and even write? Join ITW Members Alex Segura, Lynn Chandler Willis, Ann Simas and J. H. Bográn as they discuss stepping out side the thriller genre. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along. You won’t want to miss this!

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August 19 – 25: “How do you separate yourself from the characters you write?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5The questions keep coming this summer! This week ITW members Andy Wolfendon, Lynn Chandler Willis, Ann Simas, Ronie Kendig and J. A. Walsh will answer the question: How do you separate yourself from the characters you write? Or do you? Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along. You won’t want to miss this!

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August 12 – 18: “What is voice, and what advice can you give to aspiring writers to find their own?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Some questions are more difficult to answer than others. To that end, this week’s line-up of ITW Members, Andy Wolfendon, Lynn Chandler Willis, Ellison Cooper and Aoife Clifford, will address the all-important writer’s voice. What is it, and what advice can you give to aspiring writers to find their own? Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along. You won’t want to miss this!

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August 5 – 11: “How do you seamlessly interweave the plots, sub-plots, and filler scenes?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we’re talking with ITW Members Heather Redmond, Lynn Chandler Willis, J. A. Walsh and Aoife Clifford. The question of the week for our authors is: How do you seamlessly interweave the plots, sub-plots, and filler scenes in your novels?

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July 29 – August 4: “Is it difficult to write characters of the opposite sex?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we’re joined by ITW members Bob Mayer, Kimberly Belle, Hilary Davidson, Meghan Holloway and Arthur Kerns as they discuss writing characters of the opposite sex. Is it difficult? How do you tackle it?

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July 22 – 28: “Tell us about your favorite book on the craft of writing.”

thriller-roundtable-logo5On WritingPlot and StructureWriting the Breakout Novel…this week we’re joined by ITW Members Sheila Lowe, J. H. Bográn, R. J. Pineiro, Arthur Kerns, Elizabeth Blake and Lee Murray as they tell us their favorite book on the craft of writing, and why. Grab a pencil and paper and get ready to write these titles down! Scroll down to the “comments” section below to follow along.

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July 15 – 21: “What was the most difficult thing to research in your last novel?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5ITW Members Jodé Millman, Sheila Lowe, Mike Houtz and Hilary Davidson join us this week to discuss researching their novels. Inquiring minds want to know, What was the most difficult thing to research in your last novel? Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along!

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June 24 – 30: “At what age did you realize writing suited you, and how did it happen?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5It’s the first full week of summer and ThrillerFest is just around the corner! This week we’re joined by ITW Members D. P. Lyle, DiAnn Mills, Jen Conley, Hannah Mary McKinnon, Frank Zafiro, Timothy Jay Smith, Gerald Dean Rice, Tracy Clark and Lee Murray as they reminisce about the beginning of their writing journey. At what age did you realize writing suited you, and how did it happen? Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along!

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June 17 – 23: “What are the main differences from the thrillers of the 50s, 60s and 70s?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Technology is the easy answer, but beyond that, what are the main differences from the thrillers of the 50s, 60s and 70s with today’s bestsellers? This week we’re joined by ITW Members Jill Hand, DiAnn Mills, Frank Zafiro, Vanessa Werstermann, Gerald Dean Rice and Lee Murray as they discuss the topic du jour. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along!

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June 10 – 16: “What are the pitfalls of using real people as characters?

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week ITW Members DiAnn Mills, Frank Zafiro, R.J. Pineiro, Gerald Dean Rice, Michaelbrent Collings and Lee Murray are discussing using real people as characters in their novels. What are the benefits? What are the potential pitfalls? Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along!

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June 3 – 9: “What lessons can we glean from the fans’ backlash to the finale of Game of Thrones?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Fans’ reactions to the Game of Thrones finale weren’t great. This week we ask ITW Members Frank Zafiro, R. J. Pineiro, Gerald Dean Rice, Lee Murray and J. H. Bográn what lessons can we glean from the fans’ backlash to the finale of Game of Thrones? Don’t forget to scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along. This might be more exciting than the last episode!

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May 27 – June 2: “Favorite examples of mysteries that question conventional wisdom or the status quo?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week authors and ITW Members R. G. Belsky, Heather Gudenkauf and J. H. Bográn are discussing mysteries: What are some examples of your favorite mysteries that question conventional wisdom or the status quo? Can you guess the answers? Find out by scrolling down to the “comments” section. You won’t want to miss this!

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May 20 – 26: “How much leeway do authors have when playing with historic facts and characters?

thriller-roundtable-logo5ITW Members Meghan Holloway, Ronan Frost, R. G. Belsky, Heather Gudenkauf, Jon Land, Carole Lawrence and Anne Louise Bannon are here this week discussing historical thrillers. How much leeway do authors have when playing with historic facts and characters? Find out by scrolling down to the “comments” section. You won’t want to miss this!

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