Our final ThrillerFest 2017 debut author is Lili Wright and her book, Dancing with the Tiger! Read about what she has to say about her all-time favorite thrillers and how she’d kill of our heroine!

BookTrib: If you were on death row, what would be your last read? Why? 

Lili Wright: Charlotte’s Web. A beautiful book about mortality. Innocent pig learn to accept his dear friend’s death. Cute baby spiders are born. The circle of life. Humble. Radiant. It’s something to shoot for.

BT: If you were going to kill off your protagonist what method would you use?  Why?

LW: Arsenic-laced mescal in a mariachi bar in Guanajuato, Mexico. Anna Ramsey would feel very good as she was checking out. Lime in the air. Mask on her face. Pink stucco walls and flickering candlelight. Maybe a scorpion bite, just to be sure the job is done.

BT: What is the all-time best thriller you have ever read? Why?

LW: I don’t like superlative questions, but I’ll go with Rebecca. Never gets old. I used one of Daphne Du Maurier’s conceits in Dancing with the Tiger, the idea of a character off-screen (another woman) who haunts the heroine. Other favorites: The Talented Mr. Ripley, No Country for Old Men, The Magus and Nobody Move. These are not traditional thrillers—The world is about to explode—but they are amazing works of suspense fiction. Inspirational. Darkly funny. Disturbing. And, of course, the most terrifying book ever: The Road.

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Dancing with the Tiger Lili WrightWhen Anna Ramsey, a 30-year-old American with a history of bad choices, learns that a meth-addicted looter has dug up what might be the funerary mask of Montezuma, she books a flight to Oaxaca. Determined to redeem her father, a discredited art collector, and to one-up her unfaithful fiancé, a museum curator, Anna hurls herself headlong into Mexico’s underground art world. Written in taut, lyrical prose, Dancing with the Tiger is a riveting exploration of the masks we wear, the secrets we keep, and the revelations we owe to those we love


Lili WrightLili Wright is the author of the Edgar-nominated novel Dancing with the Tiger (Putnam/Penguin) and the travel memoir Learning to Float (Broadway Books). Her essays and journalism have appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, The Chicago Tribune, Good Housekeeping, Down East, and many other publications. She teaches English at DePauw University. You can learn more about her books, read her comic essays, and check out her Mexican mask collection at www.liliwright.com.