Tag archive

thrillerfest 2017

DIY MFA Podcast The Debut Author’s Life — Interviews from ThrillerFest 2017

in Podcasts by

In this episode Gabriela Pereira was at ThrillerFest 2017 and had a round table discussion with five debut authors. In this panel discussion, Jennifer Soosar, Christina Kovac, Lili Wright, Shelia Sobel, and Alexia Gordon discuss the life of a debut author, and take us behind the scenes of publishing in the broad genre of thriller. They let us in on their happiest moments and biggest surprises of their publishing journeys, and how to navigate the sometimes choppy waters of the debut author experience. For more detailed show notes: DIYMFA.com/157 ABOUT DIY MFA Here’s a secret no one ever tells you. The typical MFA (Master of Fine Arts) boils down to one simple formula: Writing + Reading + Community = MFA…

Keep Reading

ThrillerFest 2017 Debut Author Isabella Maldonado Talks ‘Blood’s Echo’

in Fiction by
ThrillerFest 2017 Isabella Maldonado Blood's Echo

Today’s ThrillerFest 2017 debut author is Isabella Maldonado and her new crime thriller Blood’s Echo. Read on to find out how she’d finish off her protagonist and what her final read would be on death row! BookTrib: If you were on death row, what would be your last read? Why?  Isabella Maldonado: As a former cop, for me to end up on death row means my life has veered way off course. I can only assume I was convicted of a crime I didn’t commit, like John Coffey in Stephen King’s The Green Mile. And no, that wouldn’t be the book I would choose as my last. It’s bad enough that I’m in those circumstances without reading about my impending demise.…

Keep Reading

ITW ThrillerFest Debut Author K.J. Howe Talks ‘The Freedom Broker’

in Thrillers by
ThrillerFest 2017 K.J. Howe THE FREEDOM BROKER

Today’s ThrillerFest 2017 debut author is K.J. Howe. Read about how she answered our “thrilling” questions, and check out her new book, The Freedom Broker. BookTrib: If you were on death row, what would be your last read? Why?   K.J. Howe: I’m on death row. I only have one last read. Some of the books that first came to mind include: Many Lives, Many Masters by Brian Weiss—a book about reincarnation, so I could figure out how to come back in another life as J.K. Rowling. Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King—allowing me to design the ultimate escape plan. Angel of Death Row by Andrea Lyon—featuring 30 years of experience from death row lawyer Andrea Lyon, I mean, there would have…

Keep Reading

ThrillerFest Debut Author Susan Alice Bickford Holds Her Readers Captive in ‘A Short Time to Die’

in Thrillers by
Thrillerfest 2017 Susan Alice Bickford A SHORT TIME TO DIE

Meet today’s #ThrillerFest 2017 debut author, Susan Alice Bickford, and her new novel of suspense, A Short Time to Die. Read on to find out who some of her favorite authors are, as well as how her main character would kick the bucket! BookTrib: If you were on death row, what would be your last read? Why? Susan Alice Bickford: Given that death row in my state (California) is indefinite, I would commit to read all the series and authors I love: Lee Child, Sue Grafton, Michael Connelly, Karin Slaughter (this list goes on and on). If my date with the executioner really did catch up to me, I’d re-read my own debut novel, A Short Time to Die, to…

Keep Reading

ITW Debut Author Christina Kovac Talks ‘The Cutaway’ and Author Inspiration

in Thrillers by
ThrillerFest 2017 Debut Author Christina Kovac The Cutaway

Meet ThrillerFest 2017 debut author Christina Kovac. Read on as she tells us all about her new thriller, The Cutaway, and which author she turned to for guidance when it came to her writing! BookTrib: If you were on death row, what would be your last read? Why?  Christina Kovac: If I found myself on death row, I’d probably read the Bible. You know, to hedge my bets. Or The Stranger by Camus. Just to feel less lonely about it. But it terrifies me, even thinking about it. (Maybe I should write about it). BT: If you were going to kill off your protagonist what method would you use? Why? CK: I’m not sure what method—probably gunfire, as most women…

Keep Reading

Meet ThrillerFest 2017 Debut Author David McCaleb and his Bestseller ‘Recall’

in Thrillers by
David McCaleb THRILLERFEST 2017 Debut authors RECALL

David McCaleb is today’s ThrillerFest 2017 debut author! Read on to find out more about his military thriller, Recall, and the heart-wrenching way he’d kill off his protagonist! BookTrib: If you were on death row, what would be your last read? Why?  David McCaleb: If I were languishing on death row, eating my final meal of nachos piled with guacamole, my last read would be Psalm 23. Why? Being executed, trivial as it may seem to some, would stress me out. Yes, we’re all dying – some of us faster than others – but the process isn’t anything I look forward to. Plus, I don’t like needles, and my third novel’s edits aren’t complete, and I don’t know if my book contract contains…

Keep Reading

ITW’s ThrillerFest Debut Author Jonathan Putnam Talks ‘Perish from the Earth’

in Thrillers by
ThrillerFest 2017 Debut Authors Jonathan Putnam PERISH FROM THE EARTH

Meet today’s featured ThrillerFest 2017 debut author, Jonathan Putnam and his soon-to-be-released historical thriller, Perish from the Earth. Check out what he has to say about his favorite thriller and preferred method of murder (in books!). BookTrib: If you were on death row, what would be your last read? Why?  Jonathan Putnam: My first inclination is to say The Idiot’s Guide to Death Row Appeals, for obvious reasons, but since I was a trial lawyer before becoming a mystery writer I could actually represent myself. So I’ll say instead Nabokov’s autobiography, Speak, Memory. It is one of the most beautiful, perceptive and haunting books I’ve ever read. I’d want it with me at the end. BT: If you were going…

Keep Reading

#ThrillerFest2017 Debut Author Shaun Harris Steals Our Attention with ‘The Hemingway Thief’

in Thrillers by
ThrillerFest 2017 Shaun Harris THE HEMINGWAY THIEF

Check out today’s featured ThrillerFest 2017 debut author Shaun Harris and his new thriller, The Hemingway Thief! See what he has to say about how he’d kill off his beloved hero, Henry “Coop” Cooper! BookTrib: If you were on death row, what would be your last read? Why? Shaun Harris: I suppose the smart-ass answer would be Escape from Alcatraz and the smart answer would be Criminal Law and Its Processes by Kadish, Schulhofer and Barkow. I’ll be nice, however, and take the question as it was intended. So the last book I’ll ever read while sitting in a confined grey and unhappy place? Probably best to leave the Cormac McCarthy alone then less I end up doing the State’s…

Keep Reading

ThrillerFest 2017 Debut Author Jennifer Soosar Keeps Readers on the Edge of Their Seats

in Thrillers by
ThrillerFest Jennifer Soosar Parent Teacher Association

Say hello to today’s featured ThrillerFest 2017 debut author Jennifer Soosar and her new novel of suspense, Parent Teacher Association. Read on to see how she cleverly answered our “thrilling” questions! BookTrib: If you were on death row, what would be your last read? Why? Jennifer Soosar: If I’m on death row it means I’ve done something terrible like killed somebody, and it wasn’t in self-defense. I’ve been sitting here for a while, many years in fact. Plenty of time to think about my actions, plenty of time to read all the books in the prison library. Prison’s been great for catching up on reading. But now, execution day is close. There’s a little time left for one last book.…

Keep Reading

ThrillerFest 2017 Debut Author Christina Hoag Reveals How She’d Kill Her Characters

in Thrillers by
ThrillerFest 2017 Christina Hoag SKIN OF TATTOOS

Meet today’s ThrillerFest 2017 debut author Christina Hoag and her new crime novel, Skin of Tattoos. Check out what she had to say about her all-time favorite thriller, and how she’d want to kill off our heroes! BookTrib: If you were on death row, what would be your last read? And why?  Christina Hoag: I’d want to die laughing so I think I’d choose A Good Man in Africa by William Boyd, his first novel actually. It’s one of the funniest books I’ve read and a real page turner about a hapless British diplomat in a fictional West African country. Having lived abroad and dealt with embassies and diplomats, it really resonated with me. I thought it was hilarious. BT:…

Keep Reading

We Asked Walter Gragg, ThrillerFest Debut Author: What Would You Read On Death Row?

in Thrillers by
Walter Gragg ThrillerFest 2017 The Red Line

Today’s featured ThrillerFest 2017 debut author is Walter Gragg. Scroll down to read more about his new novel, The Red Line, and which thriller he chose to be the last he will ever read! BookTrib: If you were on death row, what would be your last read? And why?  Walter Gragg: Catch-22. I was hooked by the end of the first page of this incredibly satirical, yet deeply layered, novel. Consistently rated one of the top 100 books of the 20th Century, Heller’s story is unlike anything ever written. The unique way in which the story is presented makes the absolute insanity of not just the events the airmen find themselves facing, but the insanity of the world itself, come…

Keep Reading

#ThrillerFest17 Debut Author: Brian Klingborg Kills It with Kill Devil Falls

in Thrillers by
ThrillerFest Brian Klingborg KILL DEVIL FALLS

Meet today’s featured ThrillerFest 2017 debut author, Brian Klingborg, and his new novel of suspense, Kill Devil Falls. Check out how he answered our “thrill-worthy” questions! BookTrib: If you were on death row, what would be your last read? And why?  Brian Klingborg: If I were on death row, I would choose as my final reading material something to help me gain perspective on the nature of life, the universe, why we are born and why we die. One option might be Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time. To be perfectly honest, I already own this book, but so far I haven’t been able to make it past the first three chapters. No doubt, knowing the end is near would…

Keep Reading

BookTrib Presents ThrillerFest 2017 Debut Author: Sheila Sobel

in Thrillers by
ThrillerFest 2017 Sheila Sobel COLOR BLIND

Sheila Sobel is today’s featured ThrillerFest 2017 debut author. Read on to see how she answered our quirky questions about her new book Color Blind. BookTrib: If you were on death row, what would be your last read? And why? Sheila Sobel: If I were to ever find myself on death row, I would be reading the galleys for the book I had written while serving out my time, Life after Death. All proceeds would of course be donated to the Innocence Project to assist in the defense of the wrongly convicted. BT: If you were going to kill off your protagonist what method would you use?  And why? SS: If I were to kill off my protagonist, my new protagonist would…

Keep Reading

BookTrib Presents 2017 ThrillerFest Debut Author: William Schiele

in Thrillers by
thrillerfest William Schiele TEARS OF THE ASSASSIN

Get ready to meet the International Thriller Writers ThrillerFest XII debut authors! Thriller writers are a unique breed, known for their cutthroat writing style and their uncanny ability to leave readers hanging on every word. With ThrillerFest 2017 rounding the corner, we asked these authors three questions that our editors at BookTrib think are just as thought-provoking as their novels. Scroll down to meet today’s featured debut ThrillerFest author, William Schiele, and his new release, Tears of the Assassin. Read on to see how he answered our quirky questions. BookTrib: If you were on death row, what would be your last read? And why?  William Schiele: I perceive death row as lasting a very long time. With the appeals taking several…

Keep Reading

Go to Top