International Thriller Writers
Abandoned by his father, orphaned by his drug-addled mother, and devastated by the murder of his sister, Michael McKeon was once a hardened “street dog who learned to play in traffic.” Years later, Michael is now a Bowdoin College professor with a wife and adopted daughter. When he creates a microbe that instantly cleans up any oil spill, no matter how large, by devouring the oil, that discovery should be the breakthrough that defines a career.
But the microbiologist’s life is ruined when The Global Group kidnaps his wife and daughter, forcing him to use his microbe to destroy all Saudi and Russian oil. As Michael races against the clock to save his family, he becomes a threat to the secret efforts of the American, Russian and Saudi governments to douse the flames in the Middle East by implementing a new Marshall Plan.
I look forward to connecting with readers of all ages. My book is YA, so I wrote it with the teen reader in mind. But people of all ages read YA these days (including me!) I’ve also had a blast connecting with other authors at conferences. I have a few more conferences in my lineup this year, including Thriller Fest. I am REALLY looking forward to that!
The Sea Side Strangler is on the loose in Beach Point, where fifteen-year-old Cathy Banks is spending the summer with her aunt (who happens to be mystery writer Roberta McCabe.) Although thrilled to be away from her psychotic, divorcing parents, with no cell phone or internet access, Cathy is positive that her summer is going to be wretched.
Just when she begins to make friends, and even finds a crush to drool over, her new friend Lauren vanishes. When a body surfaces in Beach Point Bay, Cathy is forced to face the question: has the Sea Side Strangler struck again?
After several frantic months of book launch preparation, I’m really looking forward to connecting with readers in 2016. It makes me so happy when someone lets me know their thoughts about my book, and I’m eager to have lots of conversations with readers. I’m also looking forward to finding the time to work on my next novel.
I look forward to meeting more fans of my first novel. I write for them. It’s a surreal experience to hear such enthusiasm over my work and it inspires me to write better and hopefully faster (snort). Book 2 is already done and I’m plotting book 3 in the series. Thank you, readers!
—DB Kennison, author of Still Life
Walking into a bookstore and seeing my book on the shelf. I’ve been dreaming of that moment nearly my entire life.
Meeting readers, of course! And I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to connect with other ITW authors at Thrillerfest XI in July, and also to participate on a panel for the Palm Beach Peril event in Lake Worth, FL on January 29th. I’m super excited to meet the headliner for the event, author extraordinaire, Scott Turow.
Then seven-year-old Sara Starr goes missing from the community beach. Rescue workers fail to uncover any sign of her–but instead dredge up the bones Jo hoped would never be discovered, shattering the quiet lakeside community’s tranquility. Caroline was one of the last people to see Sara alive on the beach, and feels responsible for her disappearance. She takes it upon herself to figure out what happened to the little girl. As Caroline searches for Sara, she uncovers the secrets her mother has been hiding, unraveling the very foundation of everything she knows about herself and her family.
Writing a novel is such a solitary undertaking; I spent most of last year indoors, writing, rewriting and polishing my book. I’m excited about getting out and talking to readers and other writers. Also, Mission Hill is part of a three book series and I’m looking forward to finishing the second book.
—Pamela Wechsler, author
Attending conferences as a published author. I was once one of those in the audience who was searching for a way forward in this crazy business, but have since found my way.
—Tim Washburn, author of Powerless
It strikes without warning. A massive geomagnetic solar storm that destroys every power grid in the northern hemisphere. North America is without lights, electricity, phones, and navigation systems.
It’s tough to choose one thing! But if I must, I think interacting with new readers would be at the top of my list. Meeting people who have taken the time to read my novel is heartening, thrilling and humbling. I love to answer their questions and to hear what about Nation of Enemies resonated with them, what kept them turning the page and what made them root for a character. I may have written a thriller, but this is the thrilling part for me.
—Holly Raynes, author
As a former broadcaster with Sirius XM Book Radio, I spent many hours with microphone in hand interviewing Thrillerfest attendees, and of course that included Debut Authors! I’m sort of beside myself that I get to be one of them this year.
Check back Jan 25th for the cover reveal!
It’s such a hoot to walk into a bookstore and see To Brew Or Not To Brew on the shelf, so it’s kind of hard to beat that. I’m looking forward to seeing and hearing readers reactions to the book. The variations of what people like and what they don’t like is really interesting to me. And I’m really looking forward to attending Malice Domestic as a published author. It will be so much fun! And of course, I’m looking forward to the second book in the series (Tangled Up In Brew) coming out in October.
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Meeting people actually reading all these words I’ve written…
— J. Todd Scott, author of The Big Empty
Seventeen-year-old Caleb Ross is adrift in the wake of the sudden disappearance of his mother more than a year ago, and is struggling to find his way out of the small Texas border town of Murfee. Chris Cherry is a newly minted sheriff’s deputy, a high school football hero who has reluctantly returned to his hometown. When skeletal remains are discovered in the surrounding badlands, the two are inexorably drawn together as their efforts to uncover Murfee’s darkest secrets lead them to the same terrifying suspect: Caleb’s father and Chris’s boss, the charismatic and feared Sheriff Standford “Judge” Ross. Dark, elegiac, and violent, THE FAR EMPTY is a modern Western, a story of loss and escape set along the sharp edge of the Texas border. Told by a longtime federal agent who knows the region, it’s a debut novel you won’t soon forget.
I’m most looking forward to seeing what happens to my baby debut as it releases in foreign markets.
— Shannon Kirk, author of the award winning Method 15/33
Imagine a helpless, pregnant 16-year-old who’s just been yanked from the serenity of her home and shoved in a dirty van. Kidnapped. Alone. Terrified. Now forget her.