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George R.R. Martin and More Thrilling Reads

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ThrillerFest, the thirteenth annual gathering of the crème de la crème, debut and aspiring thriller writers, took place last week and throughout the weekend in New York City. There’s only one event where you can find New York Times bestselling authors lurking around every single corner, literary agents actually appearing in broad daylight and fans openly plotting and conspiring with the most feared and revered names of the thriller genre. The beloved Strand Bookstore, famous for possessing 18 miles of books, was the event’s bookseller, and a popular hangout for authors, publishers, and fans alike. Juicy panels featuring the expertise of bestselling authors were highly anticipated and the rooms were brimming with hopeful upcoming writers, eager to learn.  Each year at the…

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

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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…

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DIY MFA Radio Episode 143: Interview with K.J. Howe — ThrillerFest and Writing Strong Female Characters

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In this episode, Gabriela Pereira interviews K.J. Howe, debut thriller author of The Freedom Broker, Daphne du Maurier Award-winner, and executive director of ThrillerFest. They talk about how to craft strong female leads in thrillers and why it’s important to give even the most heroic characters a flaw or personal obstacle to overcome. Also, for the first time ever on this show, Gabriela shares an obstacle she has faced in her own life. This deep and honest conversation between two authors about how to bring authenticity to your characters. 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…

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K.J. Howe on Researching the Scary World of Kidnapping for Her Latest Release, The Freedom Broker

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content, starting with this article written by K.J. Howe! If you’re looking for edge-of-your-seat thrills, we recommend checking out The Freedom Broker. The first in a new series from K.J. Howe, this novel follows kidnap negotiator Thea Paris as she attempts to free her father from the clutches of a mysterious captor. Thea is a bold heroine who readers will love rooting for, but crafting her was no easy task. Here, Howe shares stories from the three years she spent researching kidnappers, their victims, and the heroes who fight to bring loved ones home safe. Have you ever heard the term “response consultant?” If not, you’re not alone. A hidden world exists…

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#Thrillerfest16 is Happening Now! Thrillers that Get Our Pulse Racing

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It’s that time of year again: Thrillerfest ’16 is here and in full swing! Let’s be honest, if there’s one thing keeping most of us up at night it’s a scary movie or book. There’s just something about that thrill that really gets our heart racing. So, of course, it only seems fitting that not only do we fall for a great thriller book, but in turn, we fall for the author of that book, too. Most of readers have a preference when it comes to any author in general. There are some people who read more of one author than another, some authors you may just be discovering, and some that you’re just so completely obsessed with, you’re on the edge of your seat until…

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Meet the 2015 debut ThrillerFest X authors

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ThrillerFest 2015 is upon us and we couldn’t be more excited to bring you the authors debuting at the International Thriller Writers’ ThrillerFest X on July 7-11 in New York. Scroll down to discover the next big authors this summer and be sure to pick up one of the exciting new books below. Alex Dolan, The Euthanist Alex Dolan was raised in Boston, lived in New York City, and currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to writing for several publications, he has recorded four music albums, and has a master’s degree in strategic communications from Columbia University. The Euthanist is his first novel. For more on this ThrillerFest debut author, CLICK HERE  Alison McMahan, The Saffron…

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10 Years of ThrillerFest, Part 2: More iconic masters

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Have you seen Part One of our salute to Thrillerfest’s ThrillerMaster Award winners? If not, you can check it out here.   This year marks the tenth anniversary of ThrillerFest—a gala that draws hundreds of thriller enthusiasts from across the globe to New York City to celebrate the genre. The pinnacle of the weeklong gathering, put on by the International Thriller Writers organization, is the presentation of a lifetime achievement accolade, the “ThrillMaster Award.” We recently caught up with the ten iconic authors who have received this honor, and these masters of suspense gave us their views on the genre. In Part One of this article, the first five recipients gave us their observations. Here are the rest of the…

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10 Years of ThrillerFest, Part 1: The masters speak

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Here’s Part One of our two-part celebration of this year’s THRILLERFEST. Don’t forget to check back with us for Part Two! Ten years ago, the first ThrillerFest launched in Phoenix, Arizona. Since this inaugural event, the International Thriller Writers organization has grown exponentially, and the NYC-based conference now annually hosts 1,000 thriller enthusiasts from across the globe. The presentation of a lifetime achievement accolade, the “ThrillerMaster Award,” is the pinnacle of our weeklong gathering. Ten iconic authors have received this award, and we checked in with these masters of suspense to explore their views of the thriller genre. Here are the first five—watch for Part Two of this article for the rest!

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The thrill of it all: A writer’s first ThrillerFest

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I had been scanning the crowd all day trying to find him. All I knew was that he was a dark-haired man with glasses, maybe in his late 50s. As I was about to give up hope, my colleague tapped me on the shoulder and said two words that forever changed my life. “That’s Bob.” Before I had a chance to compose myself, he was standing in front of me, cracking a joke. R.L. Stine, author of the Fear Street series that kept me penniless and out of trouble as a middle school girl, was telling me a joke. My inner 12-year-old did cartwheels and set off fireworks while my outer adult smiled politely and introduced herself. (I was rather…

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Presenting final week of International Thriller Writers Debut Authors Class of 2014

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We’re excited to introduce the International Thriller Writers Debut Author Program where you’ll meet the stars of tomorrow from the Class of 2014. Each week, beginning June 13 and running until July 11, BookTrib members will have a chance to win a copy of these adrenaline-pumping new releases. Meet the next four members of the class!   A KILLING AT COTTON HILL by Terry Shames “Readers will want to see more of the likable main character, who compassionately but relentlessly sifts the evidence. Convincing small town atmosphere and a vivid supporting cast are a plus.” —Publishers Weekly “Shames’ novel is an amazing read. The poetic, literary quality of the writing draws you in…” —RT Book Review The chief of police of Jarrett…

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Presenting week three of the ITW Class of 2014 Debut Thrillers

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We’re excited to introduce the International Thriller Writers Debut Author Program where you’ll meet the stars of tomorrow from the Class of 2014. Each week, beginning June 13 and running until July 11, BookTrib members will have a chance to win a copy of these adrenaline-pumping new releases. Meet the next four members of the class!   DOING HARM by Kelly Parsons “A twist worthy of a surgical knot. Flawed characters standing on moral pedestals. Insight into the world of medicine and the ambitious geniuses who make life and death decisions.  Doing Harm is more faction than fiction, presenting a world so close to our own that you find yourself second guessing the characters as if they’re sitting next to you. Repeatedly,…

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Presenting Four More ITW Class of 2014 Debut Authors and their thrillers

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We’re excited to introduce the International Thriller Writers Debut Author Program where you’ll meet the stars of tomorrow from the Class of 2014. Each week, beginning June 13 and running until July 11, BookTrib members will have a chance to win a copy of these adrenaline-pumping new releases. Meet the next four members of the class!  RUN TO ME by Diane Hester  A woman and a child are on the run in the woods of northern Maine in this non-stop suspense thriller with a compelling emotional twist—Jodi Picoult meets Harlan Coben It’s been two years since Shyler O’Neil’s beloved son Jesse was killed, but his final moments are as vivid to her now as they were that dreadful day. Suffering from…

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Video: Missed It? Interview with Joseph Finder, “Master of the Modern Thriller” and Author of SUSPICION

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“Is this Joseph Finder’s best thriller yet?  It gets my vote. So many twists and shocks. It kept me reading all night.” —R.L. Stine The new novel from the New York Times bestselling author and “master of the modern thriller,” about a father who is forced to make a choice with unspeakable consequences… JOSEPH FINDER is the New York Times bestselling author of ten previous novels, includingVanished and Buried Secrets. Finder’s international bestseller Killer Instinct won the International Thriller Writer’s Thriller Award for Best Novel of 2006. Other bestselling titles include Paranoia and High Crimes, which both became major motion pictures. He lives in Boston. SUSPICION When single father Danny Goodman suddenly finds himself unable to afford the private school his teenage daughter adores, he has no one to turn to for financial…

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The nose knows: M.J. Rose talks perfume and murder

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The scent of perfume almost wafts off the pages of M. J. Rose’s latest work, The Collector of Dying Breaths. It’s an intriguing combination of a story set in Renaissance France and a contemporary one featuring Jac D’Etoile, the heroine of two prior Rose books. Check out BookTrib’s review of The Collector of Dying Breaths here. The nose knows. Jac is a member of a family that has created exquisite perfumes for centuries. She is the descendant of famous noses, as it were. Her own sense of smell is exceptional, but that is not what makes Jac unique. Jac has knowledge of her past lives. She has been reincarnated, and flashes of a prior life flit across her mind as she…

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The Queen Of The Dead Reveals The Secrets Of Her Empire

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Click Here To Watch The Video   Wearing a demure white lace dress, her gray hair smoothly bobbed, Anne Rice is nothing like the creatures she writes about: vampires who hide in filthy basements, werewolves who tear into flesh and blood, or demons who stop at nothing to satisfy their sociopathic sexuality. America’s favorite supernatural storyteller has spent the last 40 years scaring us, and it’s been profitable. Rice turned a short story about a vampire named Lestat into a novel, and that one novel into a dozen titles in The Vampire Chronicles series. In between, she’s written about witches (The Witching Hour) Egyptian horrors (The Mummy), erotic S&M (Exit to Eden) and the pre-Civil War free blacks of New…

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Smart, Strong And Beautiful: Thriller Heroine Is A Winner

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Jamie Freveletti had just won the 2010 International Thriller Writers Best First Novel award for Running From the Devil, her debut novel that begins when heroine Emma Caldridge’s hijacked plane crashes in a guerilla-infested Colombian jungle. (And then things get really bad.) Overcome with emotion at the Thrillerfest awards ceremony, Freveletti was in the ladies room repairing her tear-stained make-up when her agent told her more good news: The estate of Robert Ludlum was seriously considering her to write the next novel in the Covert-One series. In Sept. 2012, Freveletti’s The Janus Reprisal became the ninth Covert-One thriller. “It hits hard,” she says. “I tried to get as close to Robert Ludlum as I could with pacing. He’s such a…

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