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The NetGalley Challenge had an impressive first week!

Just over 3,500 NetGalley members proudly shared the Book Advocate badge to declare their commitment to helping books succeed and to start receiving exclusive access to activities, resources, and prizes.

Activities from week #1 you won’t want to miss:
  • Visit Challenge “headquarters” for updates and exclusives!
  • Read our interview with Sara Grochowski, of The Hiding Spot blog. Find out which Middle Grade books you should be reading, and learn how the power of blogging also helps Sara as a bookseller.
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  • Forward this link to your friends and colleagues who may benefit from the Challenge (including tips for writing reviews and guest posts from fellow professional readers!)

Keep an eye out for what we have in store for you next week!

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Community Manager, NetGalley

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Reader Spotlight

Blog name: The Hiding Spot
Blog URL: http://thehidingspot.blogspot.com
Your name: Sara Grochowski

What genre(s) does your blog focus on?

All genres and ages from pictures books through Young Adult and even the occasional the adult novel with crossover appeal.

Which book(s) would you suggest for a middle grade level reluctant reader?

In my experience, it seems like most reluctant readers want to read, they’re just overwhelmed (often by the size of the book or the amount of text) or they haven’t been offered a book that fits their interests. So, in that regard, there’s a specific book for each reluctant reader! A few books that I find myself recommending again and again are The Terrible Two by Jory John and Mac Barnett, The Unwanteds series by Lisa McMann, and Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve & Sarah McIntryre. I also regularly recommend graphic novels for reluctant readers; recently El Deafo and Roller Girl have been my favorites!

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How long have you been blogging about books and why did you start?

I’ve been blogging about books for nearly 8 years now! Originally, I started my blog as a kind of online journal to keep track of what I was reading and as a way to meet fellow book addicts lovers. I’m from a very small town and I didn’t know very many other people who were passionate about reading… or reading socially, which is what book blogging feels like to me. I love to talk about books and blogging provided a perfect platform for that. Granted, I never imagined I would be doing it this long or that I would make so many great friends along the way!

You are also a Children’s & YA Literature Specialist at Brilliant Books, can you briefly explain your role and your favorite aspect of your job?

Oh, gosh, where do I start? Perhaps I’ll just touch on the biggest aspects of my job. I do the buying for the picture book, chapter book, and middle grade, and YA sections of the store, choose all of the Brilliant Books Monthly picks for Kids and YA subscribers, and assist teachers and librarians with grant research, selecting books to fulfill grant requirements, finding books to fit into curriculum, fill gaps in library collections, etc. I’m also responsible for displays within those sections. And, of course, I spend a lot of time talking to young readers and adults searching for the perfect book. My favorite aspect of my job isn’t anything that I do, it’s the feedback and interactions that I’m able to have with young readers. Like the time a boy and I bonded over shared love of Rohan Gavin’s Knightley and Son – which he read while in London!! – and then he recommended me a handful of books to read. Or any time a reader comes back and tells me that a book I recommend is their new favorite. Those moments are the absolute best!

Do you feel that your role as a blogger and as a bookseller impact and/or influence each other?

Definitely! I feel like my role as a blogger actually makes me more aware of which books are going to be well received by readers, which has an impact on buying decisions for the store. If I see fellow bloggers whose opinions I value and respect raving about an upcoming book, I know that it’s likely something special. Similarly, if a book isn’t being well received and I wasn’t already interested in it, I’ll likely give it less attention. At the same time, being a bookseller has affected me as a blogger in that I’m more conscious of what readers are looking for and struggling to find. When a reader tells me that he loves books like The Thickety and asks for readalikes, I’ll end up writing a post featuring the books I recommended! My blog may have started as a reading journal, but now it’s my hope that fellow readers see it as a resource.

Are there certain questions you usually ask when trying to match someone with a book?

Do you like books that are set in the real world or in fantasy worlds? How old are you? Do you like books that make you laugh? What was the last book you read? Did you like it? Tell me three of your favorite books. Tell me a book that you didn’t like at all. Books readers dislike are just as telling as books they love!

Which upcoming Middle Grade book(s) on NetGalley are you the most excited about recommending?

How to Outfox Your Friends When You Don’t Have a Clue by Jess Keating, Francine Poulet Meets the Ghost Raccoon by Kate DiCamillo, and Beastly Bones by William Ritter. The last one is technically YA, but it’s a great pick for Middle Grade readers who are reading well above level. Ritter’s books have great plots and pacing, but aren’t inappropriate for younger readers.

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Lightning Round!

If you could interview 1 author, who would it be?

Melina Marchetta.

Your favorite Storytime book to read:

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat. (Then we make Beekle crowns to wear home!)

Your blog in 2 sentences:

Honest and passionate book recommendations for all ages from a lifelong reader and bookpusher. Plus author interviews, cover reveals, and giveaways!

Your bookstore in 2 sentences:

Brilliant Books is the nation’s Long Distance, Local Bookstore. We deliver personal service, expert selections, and efficient, no cost shipping across the USA. (Okay, I admit it – this is from our website, but I couldn’t say it any better myself!)

And to finish off our interview, if you could have coffee (…or something stiffer) with any author, dead or alive, who would it be, and why?

Bonnie Sue-Hitchcock. Her debut novel, The Smell of Other People’s Houses comes out next Spring and it is without a doubt one of the best books I’ve ever read. Her writing is gorgeous and her characters have burrowed deep into my heart and head. I want to press this book into the hands of readers everywhere. And if by something stiffer you mean a latte with 5 shots of espresso so that we can keep up our energy while talking books, we’re on the same page!

cartoon sara grochowski Thanks so much for spending some time with us and answering our questions Sara!
Please make sure to check out The Hiding Spot and stay tuned for our next Blogger Spotlight! 

Would you like to nominate your blog, or a blog you admire, to be featured in our Blogger Spotlight series? Fill out this form!

*Interviewed by Tarah Theoret

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Indie Next List

August edition

The American Booksellers Association has announced the selections for the August Indie Next list, drawn from the recommendations of indie booksellers throughout the US. You can request many of these titles on NetGalley right now, and view more information on the ABA site

If you are a bookseller, you can nominate titles for the Indie Next list via NetGalley, and receive special access to new galleys via the Digital White Box program. Sign up today!

Additional Indie Next titles, not currently available on NetGalley:

Barefoot to Avalon by David Payne 
ISBN 9780802123541

Orphan Number Eight by Kim Van Alkemade
ISBN 9780062338303

Multiply/Divide: On the American Real and Surreal by Wendy S. Walters
ISBN 9781941411049

The Pope’s Daughter by Dario Fo, Anthony Shugaar
ISBN 9781609452742

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The UK’s Top Ten Books… Coming in September 2015

There is a sense of term starting again in September, with the big autumn books starting to hit the shelves. What struck us as we were looking through the titles, was the wide range of what was on offer – and not just from the big publishers. In fact, this edition of Books of the Month is probably the most eclectic yet.

Our Book of the Month comes from Bill Clegg – who is not only a bestselling memoirist but also one of New York’s hottest literary agents – a debut that will be hearing a lot about, you can be sure; and our sleeper hit prediction for the autumn is The Boy in the Mirror by Tom Preston.

I hope you enjoy this month’s edition – we think it’s a cracking list of books!

Book of the Month

Did You Ever Have a Family
Bill Clegg
Jonathan Cape
UK edition
US edition

In a year of huge debut novels, Bill Clegg’s Did You Ever Have a Family opens with a bang – literally, as June Reid’s house goes up in flames, destroying her entire family. It is a shocking and brilliantly sustained piece of writing, and what follows, with June facing a kind of reckoning in the wake of the fire that has forced her confront her past, is superbly handled. Ultimately, it is not just June’s story, but the wider family we are born into and the one we create for ourselves. Perceptive and heart-breaking, Did You Ever Have a Family will be a much discussed novel.

Furiously Happy
Jenny Lawson
Picador
UK edition

On the face of it, this is a book which simply should not work. As the publisher’s blurb itself says: ‘A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea.’ Except it isn’t. It is utterly hilarious, deeply upsetting and strangely uplifting. There have been quite a few books about mental health recently, but this is certainly the most unusual, and by far the funniest.

Broken Promise
Linwood Barclay
Orion
UK edition

Since breaking out with his incredible No Time for Goodbye, Linwood Barclay has become synonymous with knife-edge suspense, especially when set in a small town. And this is exactly what he has served up in Broken Promise – a small town with a massive secret. Murder, religious mania and unexpected twists combine in this superior thriller.

The Blue Guitar
John Banville
Penguin
UK edition
AU edition

John Banville is without doubt one of the finest writers of prose in the world. His facility with sentences is unrivalled, and his books have won some of the most prestigious prizes – including the Man Booker Prize for The Sea. His latest is meditation on the nature of theft and betrayal, with painter Oliver Orme setting out to steal his best friend’s wife for nothing more than thrills.

The Boy in the Mirror
Tom Preston
Valley Press
UK edition

A cancer memoir narrated in the second person isn’t exactly the most commercial idea that a writer has ever had, but this extraordinary story of determination and resilience is a revelation. Aged 21, Tom Preston was diagnosed with stage 4 advanced aggressive lymphoma. His chances of survival were optimistically placed at around 40%. This is the story of what happened next.

The Blackthorn Key
Kevin Sands
Puffin
UK edition

Just reading the blurb for The Blackthorn Key, the first of a trilogy of books featuring apprentice Christopher Rowe, is enough to know how addictive it really is. Set in London 1665, a series of high profile learned men are murdered, including Christopher’s master. But his master left some clues, and Christopher is determined to find the culprit.

High Tide
Veronica Henry
Orion
UK edition

Winner of the 2014 RNA Novel of the Year Award for A Night On The Orient Express, Veronica Henry is now one of the most respected and loved writers of romantic fiction. This gorgeous novel of secrets, hopes, heartache and dreams is set in Pennfleet, home of The Long Weekend, and is a joy from its opening lines. Be prepared to be swept away.

Synchronicity
Chris Mackey
Watkins
UK edition

Everyone experiences coincidences, from the trivial to the life changing. This book explores the phenomenon of coincidence – or synchronicity as psychologist Chris Mackey calls it – and reveals how it can guide us along our life path, helping us through challenging times and nudging us toward self-fulfilment.

Dark Room
Tom Becker
Little Tiger
UK edition

This is a seriously creepy and completely engrossing slice of dark YA, which will make you think twice about selfies. When one of Darla’s classmates is brutally killed when taking a photo of herself, Darla alone is convinced that the murderer might not be flesh and blood…

Luna
Ian MacDonald
Gollancz
UK edition
AU edition

Quite simply one of the greatest living exponents of SF, Ian McDonald consistently explores and re-invents the tropes and ideas of the genre, and pushes it to its very limits. Having created imagined futures for Brazil, India and Turkey, he now moves to the moon in a novel of breath-taking audacity.

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We’re excited to start sharing author interviews with our community, in partnership with Feedbooks.

Emma Straub

Interviewed by Lara Touitou - Emma Straub is an author living in Brooklyn. She notably writes for Rookie. The Vacationers is her second novel.
*Author photo by Jennifer Bastian

The Vacationers

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The Vacationers is published in the UK by Picador & in the US by Riverhead Books.

The voice of the novel is very close to each character, all the while keeping a distance. I felt like a little mouse spying from behind the cupboard where Franny hids the Nutella jar. What did this kind of narration mean to you?

Ha, I love that! I hope everyone felt like a little mouse behind the cupboard. That’s exactly what I wanted, for the reader to feel like they were spying (both externally and internally) on the Post family and their friends. I love books that dip in and out of several characters’ heads—I think it’s a good way to show different sides of the same story without very clunky dialogue.

There is a lot of mouth-watering food mentioned in your novel, and it is often used as an instrument of happiness and peacefulness by Franny, the mother. When you set out to write the novel, did you plan that it would be one of her characteristic traits, or did it come along as her character developed?

I always knew that Franny was a food writer, and her thoughts/feelings about food were key from the very beginning. Unfortunately, I myself am not a beautiful cook, but I have several friends who are, both professionally and in their personal lives, and I love to watch them put together simple ingredients in astonishing ways. Food is such a basic human need, but there are those among us, like Franny, who use it to express themselves, and to comfort themselves, and to please others, and I just love that impulse.

There are several scenes around Mallorca with very detailed descriptions of the settings. How did you proceed for your research?

I read several books about Mallorca first—memoirs, histories, guidebooks, all kinds of things, but most of my research happened when my husband and I went to visit. I took notes everywhere—at museums, at restaurants, at the beach. We visited in January, alas, so there was no swimming for us, but I thought if I squinted my eyes just right, I could imagine hordes of people in bathing suits.

Carmen is looked down upon by the Posts because of her job, but also because of their implicit contempt toward Florida. However the New Yorkers are not outdone and we see here and there some cutting remarks about their pride of being Manhattanites, and, most of all, islanders. Do you feel that the sense of belonging and pride is heightened by the fact that this is an island? And if I ever go to Florida, should I only expect to see people with tan, sculpted bodies? 🙂

Well, my in-laws live in Florida, and so I probably shouldn’t say anything too cutting, but I will say that Florida is a very eccentric corner of the United States. Miami, where Carmen is from, is by far the most cosmopolitan city in the state. But yes-I see your point. One of my goals with Carmen was to use the Posts prejudices against her as a way of learning more about them, and showing a side of them that they weren’t necessarily aware of, something a bit ugly. As a Manhattanite by birth (though I now live in Brooklyn), I can tell you with absolute certainty that this kind of “island mentality” can be quite easily found. Manhattan is, after all, a very small island, and many of its residents never leave, making them rather parochial indeed.

(And yes—if you go to Florida, you will see many, many tan, sculpted bodies. That is a guarantee!)

To read more interviews please visit the Feedbooks interview archive, and stay tuned for your favorite authors!

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Blog name: TBQ’s Book Palace
Blog URL: http://www.tbqsbookpalace.com
Your name: Danielle (TBQ)

What inspired you to blog about romance books? Is there something particular about the books, authors, and/or romance community that convinced you to share your reviews publicly?

Like so many romance readers, I started the blog as a way to be around my tribe. Romance readers in my small town are a bit MIA, so I turned to the internet. I soon stumbled onto a variety of blogs, websites, authors, and readers, falling in love with the romance community and, well, the rest, as they say, is history. Not to get sappy, but honestly I’m thankful every single day that I found my tribe.

You’ve been blogging for 7 years now – can you tell us how the book blogging landscape has changed since you started?

Oh, I’m sure there’s been a lot of changes. Right off hand I can think of an obvious change: authors and publishers focusing more on eARCs, rather than print ARCs. New bloggers now have more access to ARCs in the form of ebooks. When I started the blog, I was reviewing almost entirely books that I bought, with the occasional ARC won from a giveaway on Goodreads or LibraryThing. I didn’t start receiving review copies from publishers somewhat regularly until probably my 2nd or 3rd year. In the last year or so, it’s switched again and a print copy for review is rare for me, it’s almost all e-copies.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned while blogging? Do you have any advice for someone just starting out?

Hm . . . When I learned not to worry about the numbers. It’s not about how many followers you have, or how many comments you get, and stressing over those things will not only drive you crazy, but also take the fun out of blogging.

As to advice, find what works for you and have fun with it. Don’t try to copy others just because they’re “bigger” or “more popular”, it will never end well. And realize that you don’t have to put up a new post every single day; go at your own pace, it’s not a race.

Which review that you recently submitted via NetGalley is your favorite?

Oh, this is so hard to pick! Um, I’ll go with . . . The Girl Next Door by Amy Jo Cousins. I loved Cash and Steph.


Read Danielle’s Review!

How has being a NetGalley member impacted your blogging, access to titles, and reach within the romance community?

I’ve found new authors via NetGalley and books that I may never have noticed otherwise. The number of books I’ve requested, loved, and then bought my own copy of . . . it’s ridiculous (for my debit card, at least!).

Now we’ll switch gears and start our Lightning Round!

Your 2 favorite covers on NetGalley right now:

I’m a total cover whore, so this is also a hard choice! Ryker and The Strongest Steel. I have a thing for abs this week. Okay, I have a thing for abs EVERY week. 🙂

    

Your favorite snack to eat while reading:

Chocolate anything!

Hardcover, paperback, or ebook?

Can I cheat and just say YES? A book is a book, no matter the format.

It depends; I rarely buy hardcovers, most of my buying lately is ebook, but if I LOVE a book, I’ll buy a paperback copy, too.

Favorite book:

I’m going to cheat a bit here, no way can I pick a favorite of all time.

ONE of my favorite reads so far this year is Trust the Focus by Megan Erickson. And the sequel, Focus on Me, is also a fav.

Book you’d like to see on the big screen:

Tiffany Reisz’s Original Sinners series, because that would be such an entertaining movie and I think we all want to see Nora and the crew come to life. So long as they didn’t screw it up, of course. I’d only accept such a movie if Tiffany was in on the script and process.

Your blog in 2 sentences:

All romance, all the time. Gorgeous covers = our weakness.

And to finish off our interview, if you could have coffee (…or something stiffer) with any author, dead or alive, who would it be, and why?

Ack, there are so many wonderful authors I’d love to meet, I’m not sure I can pick just one! But if you’re twisting my arm . . . A.M. Arthur. Besides loving her books (they were my gateway into M/M romance 2 years ago), I adore our Twitter chats and would love to sit down with her in person.

Thanks so much for spending some time with us and answering our questions Danielle! Please make sure to check out TBQ’s Book Palace and stay tuned for our next Blogger Spotlight! 

Would you like to nominate your blog, or a blog you admire, to be featured in our Blogger Spotlight series?
Fill out this form!

*Interviewed by Tarah Theoret

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LibraryReads List

August 2015

LibraryReads has announced the top ten books available in August that librarians across the country love. You can request the featured titles below on NetGalley right now, and view more information on the LibraryReads site

If you are a librarian, you can nominate titles for the LibraryReads list via NetGalley!

Additional LibraryReads titles, not currently available on NetGalley:

Best Boy: A Novel by Eli Gottlieb
ISBN 9781631490477

The Nature of the Beast: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
by Louise Penny
ISBN 9781250022080

Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with Books
by Michael Dirda
ISBN 9781605988443

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Indie Next List

July edition

The American Booksellers Association has announced the selections for the July Indie Next list, drawn from the recommendations of indie booksellers throughout the US. You can request many of these titles on NetGalley right now, and view more information on the ABA site

If you are a bookseller, you can nominate titles for the Indie Next list via NetGalley, and receive special access to new galleys via the Digital White Box program. Sign up today!

Additional Indie Next titles, not currently available on NetGalley:

Love May Fail by Matthew Quick
ISBN 9780062285560

Speak by Louisa Hall
ISBN 9780062391193

Down Among the Dead Men by Peter Lovesey
ISBN 9781616956264

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In preparation for ThrillerFest X, the annual conference of the International Thriller Writers, we interviewed four bestselling, award-winning authors… who also all happen to be book reviewers. These ITW members shared their unique perspectives on writing & reading book reviews, trends in the Thriller genre and community, and even shared a few stories that made us laugh. We hope you enjoy this inside look as much as we did—and hopefully take away a book recommendation, or two!

It’s our pleasure to welcome:

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Bruce DeSilva
grew up in a tiny Massachusetts mill town where the mill closed when he was ten. This parochial little place was sadly bereft of metaphors—and assonance and irony were also in short supply. Nevertheless, his crime fiction has won the Edgar and Macavity Awards; has been listed as a finalist for the Shamus, Anthony, and Barry Awards; and has been published in ten foreign languages. His short stories have appeared in Akashic Press’s award-winning noir anthologies. He has reviewed books for The New York Times Sunday Book Review, and his reviews for The Associated Press continue to appear in hundreds of publications. Previously, he was a journalist for forty years, most recently as writing coach world-wide for AP, editing stories that won nearly every major journalism prize including the Pulitzer. A Scourge of Vipers, the fourth novel in his hardboiled crime series, was recently published by Forge.

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Jon Land
is the USA Today bestselling author of 37 novels, including six titles in the critically acclaimed Caitlin Strong Texas Ranger series of which the most recent, Strong Darkness, won the 2014 USA Books Best Book Award and the 2015 International Book Award in the Thriller category. That followed Strong Rain Falling winning both the 2014 International Book Award and 2013 USA Best Book Award for Mystery-Suspense. His most recent book, Black Scorpion, was published on April 7 with the next in the Caitlin Strong series, Strong Light of Day, coming in October. He’s a 1979 graduate of Brown University, lives in Providence, Rhode Island and can be found on the Web at jonlandbooks.com or on Twitter @jondland.

Jeff Ayers


Jeff Ayers
is a freelance reviewer of suspense/thrillers for the Associated Press, Library Journal (2012 Fiction Reviewer of the Year), Booklist, and RT Book Reviews. He’s the author of Voyages of Imagination: The Star Trek Fiction Companion (Pocket Books), the library thriller Long Overdue (Stonehouse), the YA mystery co-written with Kevin Lauderdale titled The Fourth Lion (Booktrope), and the e-book original thriller Assassin’s Agenda (Detective Ink). He co-wrote the short story Last Shot with Jon Land that appeared in the anthology Love is Murder, edited by Sandra Brown. Jeff co-hosts an Internet radio show with John Raab of Suspense Magazine called Beyond the Cover, which has interviews with book industry professionals plus reviews and discussions about the world of publishing. He is on the board of directors for the Pacific Northwest Writers Association, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, Inc.

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Myles Knapp
has been held at gunpoint by the Rio police, fought for his life against a hammer-wielding psycho and lost more full contact judo fights to Marines than he can count. As a reviewer, he’s read over 5,000 thrillers and is determined to read another 5,000. Since 2001, his column, “Grit-Lit,” has appeared in major newspapers and websites including The San Jose Mercury, Oakland Tribune, Contra Costa Times and affiliates.

A marketing and sales professional, he has lived and worked in the United States, Asia, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. When not busy completing his second and third Revenge School novels, Myles is reading, lifting heavy weights and riding his motorcycle or bicycle.

From your unique perspective of being a Thriller author and a book reviewer, can you describe the Thriller community? Is there anything unique amongst those contributing to and interested in this genre that perhaps isn’t a characteristic of other literary communities?  

Bruce: Writers of thrillers (and their close cousins, the mystery writers) constitute an incredibly welcoming and supportive creative community. As someone who has been writing, editing, and teaching for more than forty years, I can tell you with utter certainty that most writing communities are not like this. There’s a lot of competition and jealousy out there. For example, my wife is a poet. We know a lot of very nice poets, but as a group, they’re given to cattiness and backstabbing. And academic writers? Fuhgeddaboutit! But from the moment my first novel, Rogue Island, appeared six years ago, the thriller community opened its arms to me. Even the biggest stars–people like Joseph Finder, Dennis Lehane, and Harlan Coben—went out of their way to offer advice and encouragement. For that, I’ll always be grateful.

Jon: Trying to challenge me right from the start, eh? Hey, I love talking about the thriller community because, thanks to ITW, it’s become unusually tight-knit. I say unusually because writers are normally perceived, rightfully so, as an amorphous, disconnected bunch with each living in his or her own little box. Since its inception, ITW has expanded that box and left a side open so everyone is welcome to come in. I can’t truly say if this unique among other literary communities because I’m not a part of them. But I can say that the very mission of ITW is basically creating a community where the haves reach out and down to the not-yet-haves. Writers helping writers, in other words, and, yes, I do believe that is somewhat unique anyway perhaps because we’ve come to realize that the better the genre does, the better we all do.

Jeff: There are so many different subgenres in the world of thrillers – everything from legal and historical to romantic and action/adventure. So you can imagine how diverse thriller writers are. They get the adrenaline flowing, and keep the reader up all night – so they have that in common. Without exception, everyone I have met in the thriller community has been wonderful, friendly, and very gracious with their time and advice. It may be unique to the thriller community, however, that we regularly alarm taxi drivers and restaurant servers with our discussion of how to hide bodies and cause explosions.

Myles: I am very fortunate to review almost exclusively thrillers so most of my experiences are with thriller readers. In general, I find thriller readers to be more active and engaged than readers of tea cozies or “literate writing.” Continue reading “Author Interview – Thriller Edition”

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