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The 2019 ITW Thriller Award Winners Have Been Announced

International Thriller Writers (ITW) is proud to announce the most thrilling authors of 2019. The winners of this year’s ITW Thriller Awards are:

BEST HARDCOVER NOVEL
Jennifer Hillier — JAR OF HEARTS (Minotaur Books)

BEST FIRST NOVEL
C. J. Tudor — THE CHALK MAN (Crown)

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL NOVEL
Jane Harper — THE LOST MAN (Pan Macmillan Australia)

 

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BEST SHORT STORY
Helen Smith — “Nana” in KILLER WOMEN: CRIME CLUB ANTHOLOGY #2 (Killer Women Ltd.)

BEST E-BOOK ORIGINAL NOVEL
Alan Orloff — PRAY FOR THE INNOCENT (Kindle Press)

BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL
Teri Bailey Black — GIRL AT THE GRAVE (Tor Teen)

 

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Also receiving special recognition:

John Sandford, ThrillerMaster
In recognition of his legendary career and outstanding contributions to the thriller genre.

Harlan Coben, Silver Bullet Award

“Mystery Mike” Bursaw, ThrillerFan Award

Margaret Marbury, Thriller Legend Award

 

John Sandford, Harlan Coben, Margaret Marbury, Mystery Mike Bursaw | Images Via Amazon, Penguin Random House, The Strand

 

There’s only one event where you can find New York Times best-selling 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. We hope that you join us in 2020 for ThrillerFest XV, the International Thriller Writers’ fifteenth annual celebration of all things Thriller, the largest event of its kind in the world.  The highlight of the festival is the gala ITW Thriller Awards Banquet during which a fresh batch of authors will be announced as the chosen heroes of suspense.www.thrillerfest.com

 

This Author’s Story of Dealing With Sexism Will Surprise You

You seem so nice.

This is something people often say to bestselling thriller writer Lisa Unger upon meeting her. It seems strange that people should be surprised, considering her books are no more violent than the usual psychological thriller. They’re not gory, they’re not showy. So why do some feel so baffled that she is writing violence that is none too different to that of her male counterparts?

You already know the answer, as does Lisa Unger. In fact, when asked about why she writes about violence against women in her books, she responded, “I’ll stop writing about it when it stops happening.”

 

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Lisa Unger has made a name for herself as a prolific author, with her most famous novel being In the Blood, a book which Kirkus Reviews called a “scary winner from an accomplished pro”, and which went on to be a Goodreads Choice Awards Nominee for Best Mystery & Thriller 2014, and winner of the Silver Falchion Award for Best Novel in the Crime Thriller category.

Despite this, Ms. Unger has had her own encounters with sexism constantly.

 

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Lisa Unger and Karis Slaughter at Thrillerfest 2019 |  Image Courtesy of Shawn Douglas Cunningham

 

At ThrillerFest XIV, Unger shared a personal story with moderator Karin Slaughter and the audience, regarding an incident that took place while Unger worked an event with author James Hall.

A little background: James Hall is an American author and professor from Florida. Author of eighteen novels, four books of poetry, a collection of short stories, and a collection of essays, James Hall is not only a successful writer, but a good man. The same could not be said about a particular fan of his, however.

At a book signing with James Hall, Ms. Unger was working as a moderator when a male member of the audience dismissed her, saying “I don’t read books by women”.

A year later, Ms. Unger was at her own signing at the same bookstore when she spied a man in the audience staring her down. They made eye contact, and he seemed to look right through her.

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Ms. Unger noticed that the man had a large bag at his side…

 

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When the show was over, the man was still there, still staring at her. His eyes were fixed on her.

Creepy much? Ms. Unger, who was understandably disturbed by the man’s presence, said she felt particularly uncomfortable because “women feel vulnerable in a way men do not”.

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As the event came to an end, the man’s eyes stayed fixed on her. While everyone else shuffled out, he remained.

You can image the fear when Unger felt when she found herself alone with this man. The man rose, picking up his bag and approached her.

It was then that the man revealed that he was the audience member from the year before and, since then, had read all her books. The bag was full of each and every book she had every written. 

Now a fan of hers, he asked her to sign them. 

 

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Lee Child cameo in 'Jack Reacher'

Did You Notice These Authors in Their On-Screen Movie Cameos?

Just this past weekend, during the annual thriller-writers conference, Thrillerfest, authors R.L. Stine, Lee Child, David Morrell, Heather Graham, and George R.R. Martin had a chance to sit together and discuss social media, their struggles as they strived for success, some of the stranger things fans have said to them during meet-and-greets, and more.

 

Three of the wordsmiths even decided to delve on into the world of Hollywood and discuss the quirks, fumbles, and just all-around generalized awkwardness that can come with doing a cameo-appearance in your own book-to-film adaptation (it was exactly everything you’d expect and oh, so much more)!

 

 

 

Author of all things spooky, R.L. Stine, had initially wondered if he should maybe just play himself in the 2015 film adaptation of Goosebumps! However, after a bit of disagreement from his fans (and his wife), he decided a short cameo within the film would be more than enough to satiate his hunger to be on screen. In the original script, Stine (who plays the Vice Principal in the school where the film-version of Stine teaches) was set to stand on-stage and hand one of the lead children a trophy.

 

I told the director I needed a line and he said, ‘okay…say something!’ so I handed the kid the trophy and said, ‘Congratulations, sonny!’

 

 

 

Popular Thriller writer and author of the Jack Reacher series, Lee Child, said that after he’s been given a script and asked to choose which scene he’d like a cameo in, he always chooses a scene essential to the plot that he knows cannot wind up on the cutting room floor. He also went on to describe the strange sort of feeling that comes along with meeting a character of your own creaton.

 

The production team thought me handing him the toothbrush would be like me, the creator of this character, passing the baton onto Tom Cruise…

 

 

George R.R. Martin Cameo

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The legendary creator of the entire Game of Thrones franchise, George R.R. Martin, spoke about his cameo in his 1987 television-series, Beauty and the Beast. According to Martin, he assumed the cameo would be the perfect opportunity to plug his new book whilst eating a free cheeseburger or two. However he had no idea that the scene would take hours upon hours to shoot (and cheeseburgers upon cheeseburgers eaten).

 

These weren’t Shake Shack, or even McDonalds…I’m talking the twenty-four pack of microwavable cheeseburgers…so if you’re going to be a featured extra make sure you’re doing something your okay with doing ninety times in a row.

 

 

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‘Subterranean’ Author James Rollins Owes His Career to Life Coach Tony Robbins

During an interview at the annual four-day conference of bestselling thriller-authors from all across the globe, Thrillerfest, acclaimed science fiction and action author James Rollins admitted that his career may not have begun exactly as he’s stated in the past…

 

I reached my thirtieth birthday and thought, ‘well, if I really want to be a writer than I’d better start now,’ and that’s exactly what I did…google that story, you’ll see me tell it. I tell that story all the time…and it’s a lie!

 

Rollins then went on to explain that one night, around two AM, he was dolling out the payroll for the employees at his veterinary clinic, and was slightly delirious with fatigue. In the background, infomercials were playing on the television, that would alter the course of his life forever:

 

A booming voice asked me if I was ready to change my life…I turned toward the TV and started nodding…

 

As it turns out, that booming voice of God actually belonged to none other than infamous life coach, Tony Robbins

 

So, Rollins did what any lost soul during the late-nighties would do; he ordered all forty of Tony Robbins cassette tapes.

 

The first tape said to take out a sheet of paper, forget everything you know about your life, close your eyes, and write down what you want to do…I wrote ‘I want to write a novel.’

 

Rollins flipped the tape over and Robbins’s voice was soon urging him to take that one, first step toward achieving that dream…and that’s exactly what he did!

 

So yes, I owe my career to Tony Robbins.

 

And, thus James Rollins began etching away at what would one-day become his breakout novel, Subterranean

 

Subterranean

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I’ve had no formal training in writing…I joined a a writing critique group in Sacramento and, to this day, they still read all of my work before my editor does.”

 

It took Rollins just eleven months to finish his first novel. He then shopped the book around; sending the manuscript to one literary agent after the next.

 

And, much like nearly every other successful artist in the history of time, Rollins received rejection after rejection after rejection; forty-nine literary agents turned down his work.

 

One agent was kind enough to take the time and leave me a handwritten note on the manuscript, however…he wrote ‘this is unpublishable’.

 

Still, Rollins didn’t let these rejections deter him from his goal, and, luckily enough, the fiftieth agent he sent Subterranean to said yes, and the book became a wildly popular success!

 

It just goes to prove that all you truly need to succeed is perseverance, a steady community of support, the belief in your work (and yourself), and the booming voice of Tony Robbins.

 

Don’t tell Tony Robbins that…pretty soon he’ll be asking me for royalties!

 

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George R.R. Martin and R.L. Stine Share Their Opposing Views on Social Media

During an open-panel discussion last Saturday at the popular thriller-writers conference, Thrillerfest, George R.R. Martin (author of Game of Thrones) and R.L. Stine (author of Goosebumps!) talked all things social media and well, they don’t exactly see eye-to-eye…

 

Thrillerfest Panel

R.L. Stine, George R.R. Martin, Heather Graham, David Morrell and Lee Child at Thrillerfest | Image via Twitter

 

George R.R. Martin started off the discussion,

 

I don’t know, social media…some days I want to burn it all down…”

 

That seems like a fair enough statement considering the fact that, as I’m sure anyone with any sort of social media account already knows, the internet can be an insanely scary, cruel, and vindictive place. It seems like there are people out there who, for whatever reason, feel compelled to spew insults and hatred from behind the safety of their computer screens, seemingly forgetting (or choosing not to acknowledge, rather) that real people are at the receiving end. For example: 

 

 

 

Martin went on to ask

 

Has social media driven us mad, or were we always mad, we just did a better job at hiding it?

 

 

Now, as valid as this statement is, R.L. Stine chimed in to talk about how he’s experienced social media in an entirely different light:

 

I love Twitter, I’m on it all the time…I love connecting with my fans from the nineties

 

Now, if you take a look at Stine’s Twitter feed, it’s no surprise that this man loves to tweet…

 

 

It’s interesting to how see two wildly famous household names have had such contrasting experiences on social media!

 

Martin rebutted Stine’s statement with:

 

It’s ugly…I don’t know what to think about it all…it ain’t the seventies.

 

Stine simply replied:

 

 I’m beloved!

 

This silly disagreement was done with laughter as the two authors poked fun at each other because, as everyone knows, George R.R. Martin’s fans have a lot of animosity toward him due to their growing impatience while they wait for the yet-to-be-announced release of the final Game of Thrones novel, while R.L. Stine’s fans have loved him since childhood, and have had zero reason to be angry with him.

 

So, let’s maybe cut George R.R. Martin some slack because writing a novel of that caliber has to be extremely stressful and time-consuming and, at the end of the day, he’s just a human writing fictional stories of a fictional place and it isn’t worth attacking, threatening, or hurting his feelings because we’re excited to see how the story ends.

 

So, let’s keep lovin’ on R.L. Stine and showing him how grateful and nostalgic he makes us feel, while extending some of that love on over to George R.R. Martin because he deserves it, too. (Don’t we all?)

 

 

 

 

 

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