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RT BOOK REVIEWS Web Editor Morgan Doremus interviews Shane Gericke about his thriller series, his new release and the fifth annual ThrillerFest convention here in NYC. In the first video, the pair chat about who attends ThrillerFest and the ways the convention caters to both authors and readers.
Novels allow readers to travel around the world even if they can't drop everything and head to somewhere like Russia, Singapore or Indonesia. When writing about a foreign country, authors use the locale's culture, language and particular destinations to bring their stories to life. Now the RT Web Team is going in-depth to find out how authors are inspired by these countries and what details they use to transport readers around the world.
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It's time for our second installment of Tricia Rayburn's Siren, in stores July 13th. This week RT readers get an exclusive look at the second chapter of Siren and one more chance to win the Super Stuffed Summer Beach Bag Giveaway, which includes some great signed books and a gift card to Sephora! Read on for more …
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Four thriller writers at today's ThrillerFest panel "What's The Worst Advice You Ever Got? The Best?" entertained the audience with tales of the real life hints, tips and advice that they have used to launch and sustain successful writing careers. The panel was moderated by Matt Ritchel and included authors Daniel Palmer, Lisa Gardner, Alex Dryden and Alex Kava.
Lisa Gardner got this advice at a conference years ago – and now swears by it. “When you are writing, light a scented candle. If you do this for two weeks you will get a Pavlovian response to the scent which will actually keep you inspired.” Gardner shared that after she had a child and life became exponentially more helpful, all the writing she does these days she credits to The Scented Candle Technique.
Daniel Palmer credits his dad with the best advice he ever got. “It doesn't have to be probable – just possible. If it happens once, it's still the best benchmark for writing.” His example of improbable but possible? A cockroach climbing out of the mouth of a corpse. Gory but it could (and may) happen!
The FBI estimates that there are between 40 and 50 active serial killers in the United States at any given time. But Mark Safarik, the FBI profiler speaking at a panel today at ThrillerFest, says he places the number closer to 25.
At ThrillerFest this afternoon we got a chance to check in with some of our favorite authors about the projects they are currently working on (and what readers can look forward to seeing in stores next year). They shared their current projects and exclusive details for RT Readers.
Alex Kava is continuing her Maggie O’Dell series with Damaged, which will be released on Tuesday, and next summer readers can follow Maggie to western Nebraska in Hot Wire. Kava says, “Expect barbed wire fences and sand hills.”
John Lescroart, who was sitting right next to Kava, chimed in, “Your title Damaged is extremely close to the title of my next release, Damage, which comes out in January.”
Erica Spindler’s Watch Me Die will be out in May 2011. The story is set in New Orleans when “the ghost of Hurricane Katrina” revisits the city.
Mystery writers gather together each year for ThrillerFest, a four-day conference hosted by the organization of International Thriller Writers. We were psyched to attend their fifth annual conference, which was held at the Grand Hyatt hotel, above the famed Grand Central Station in New York City.
Writers attend panels about the craft of writing, such as “How To Make Your Pulse Race,” as well as discussions about the business of writing, like the Friday-morning panel “How Do you Excite Your Editor and Get More Out of Your Publisher?” There were also workshops for fans of the genre like “Who’s Your Hero? In Fiction and in Real Life” and “What’s Love Got to Do With It.”