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ThrillerFest 2016 Will Be Special


Early Bird Registration for ThrillerFest 2016 is open.

Join 2016 Thriller Master Heather Graham and Spotlight Guests CJ Box, Gillian Flynn, and Walter Mosley in NY next July.

Sign up now:

And don’t forget CraftFest and Master CraftFest.

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Posted by on October 4, 2015 in Writing


Sign Up For Master CraftFest Today

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Master CraftFest is ITW’s one-day intensive craft school for thriller writers of all levels and experience. This is our third year and each previous year the classes have filled quickly and a waiting list was necessary. Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind learning experience. Register now.

Also, this year we have added a screenwriting class to our line up. Renowned screenwriter and teacher Richard Krevolin will head this class but space is limited to 10 students. So if screenwriting is your thing, sign up now to assure your place in this class.

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Posted by on September 28, 2015 in Writing


Crime and Science Radio: Turning the Tables: Emmy-Winning Investigative Reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan interrogates DP Lyle, MD

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We recently interviewed stellar investigative reporter and Agatha-winning author Hank Phillippi Ryan, and she suggested turning the tables on your hosts, Jan Burke and D.P. Lyle, MD.  How could we say no?

On Saturday 9-26-15 at 10 a.m. Pacific join Multiple (33) Emmy Award-winning and Edgar R. Morrow Award-winning investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan as she turns the tables on Crime and Science Radio’s co-host DP Lyle, MD.



Link will go live Saturday September 26, 2015 at 10 a.m. Pacific


Hank Phillippi Ryan’s Website

DP Lyle’s Website:

The Writers Forensic Blog:

DP Lyle’s Books:

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Amazon Author’s Page:

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Posted by on September 24, 2015 in Crime and Science Radio, Writing


ThrillerFest, CraftFest, Master CraftFest Now Open For Registration




Your ThrillerFest team is already hard at work planning for next July’s conference where we’ll feature 2016 ThrillerMaster Heather Graham and bestselling author C.J. Box.  The other spotlights and this year’s Silver Bullet will be announced shortly—like a compelling page-turner, we need to keep you in suspense, so stay tuned for more details.

Master CraftFest: Don’t miss this opportunity to study with the Masters of the genre in a one-day intensive workshop to take your writing to the next level.  Everyone is welcome, from beginner writers to well-established authors.  The instructors this year will be Steve Berry, Grant Blackwood, Gayle, Lynds, David Corbett, Meg Gardiner, Heather Graham, and Andrew Gross.

CraftFest:  Director D.P. Lyle M.D. is already recruiting talented teachers to broaden your knowledge about the craft of writing as well as experts in fields like forensics and firearms so you can get the facts right in your novel.

ThrillerFest:  We’re planning some phenomenal panels, always trying to innovate and entertain.  Join us for the spotlight interviews, cocktail parties, workshops, and fabulous networking opportunities.  Please check the volunteer box during registration, as it’s a great way to make new friends and help out ITW.

We’re going to have a table at Bouchercon in Raleigh this year, so if you’re an ITW author and would like to help meet and greet people, please email Kimberley at

In the meantime, take advantage of the discounted prices of early bird registration and sign up today.  Looking forward to another memorable year!

Registration Page:

Kimberley Howe, Executive Director, ThrillerFest

DP Lyle, ITW VP for Education; CraftFest and MasterCraftFest Director


Posted by on September 19, 2015 in Writing


My Post on ITW’s Readers’ Corner in Suspense Magazine

Thanks to John and Shannon Raab I was featured in the International Thriller Writers’ Readers Corner in the latest issue of Suspense Magazine. If you don’t already subscribe to Suspense Magazine, you should. It’s an outstanding publication filled with great articles, author profiles and interviews, story excerpts, and wonderful book reviews. And my own monthly column: FORENSIC FILES.


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It’s been a very busy few months. Conferences and signings and writing. Left Coast Crime in Portland was great and was followed by several library talks with my friend and Crime and Science Radio co-host Jan Burke. Then of course there was all the prep for ThrillerFest, CraftFest, and Master CraftFest at ITW’s annual conference in July. Though always fun, ThrillerFest was particularly so this year.

Yet through all that I found time to write and complete my next two books. One is an update of FORENSICS FOR DUMMIES. This 2nd edition will be released by Wiley in February. The other was the beginning of a new series—a comedic thriller set on the Gulf Coast. It stars reluctant PI Jake Longly and is titled DEEP SIX. It will be coming from Oceanview Publishing in July.

But I still found time to read. Always do. Writers must read. And I found a handful of wonderful books. METHOD 15/33 was agented by my wonderful agent Kimberley Cameron. It’s a quirky and disturbing thriller about a young pregnant girl who is kidnapped for her baby. But best laid plans being what they are, they picked on the wrong girl. Definitely the wrong girl. A pleasant discovery was THE WEIGHT OF BLOOD by Laura McHugh. Set in the Ozarks and populated by a cast of deeply flawed characters, it is a wonderfully written book. It won the 2015 Thriller Award for Best First Novel. Erik Larsen’s wonderful DEAD WAKE, tells the story of the sinking of the Lusitania from both the ship’s captain and the U-boat commander’s points of view. An impeccably researched and wonderfully rendered story. Another excellent discovery was Paul Cleave’s TRUST NO ONE, which asks the question—who can you trust if you can’t even trust yourself? And last but definitely not least, I also caught up with my favorite author James Lee Burke’s latest—WAYFARING STRANGER. Brilliant and epic. As his stories always are.

And now I’m waiting for two soon to be released books. THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB will be the first post Stieg Larsson novel in the Millennium series. Can’t wait to see what Lisbeth Salander is up to. And THE HANGING TREE, the next installment in Jussi Adler-Olsen’s excellent Department Q series.

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Posted by on September 8, 2015 in Writing


Preacher Killed By Poisonous Snake—-Again.


Mark 16:17-18 (King James Version)

17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Luke 10:19 (King James Version)

19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Biblical passages such as these serve as the justification for some church congregations to take up the serpent. This is not a relic of the past; the practice is alive and well in the US. Maybe not well, but alive none the less. Though most such churches are along the Appalachian chain, they can be found literally from coast to coast.

From time to time, stories of snake-handling deaths pop up in various media sources. Witness John David Brock of Bell County, KY. He took a hit to the arm, and as is often the case, refused medical help. He didn’t make it. I do wonder if he treated his bite with sips of strychnine as this is the treatment in many such communities.

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My third Samantha Cody thriller ORIGINAL SIN deals with such a church and its followers. During my research I stumbled on an National Book Award nominee and many useful sites. Such as:

National Book Award Finalist SALVATION ON SAND MOUNTAIN by Dennis Covington:

Holiness Serpent Handling Website:

Rev. John Wayne “Punkin” Brown Jr’s Death:



THE ASSASSINS: A Great New Thriller From Gayle Lynds

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Buy his book now!!

My friend Gayle Lynds has a terrific new international thriller out – THE ASSASSINS.  Nelson DeMille says he was hooked on page one.  “Six master assassins – each a legend in the dark corners of global espionage – band together to steal a fortune from the middle of a war zone.” Add one retired U.S. army spy, and the Associated Press heralds the result as “treachery, double crosses, and a treasure straight from history that add up to a thrilling novel.”




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Posted by on July 19, 2015 in Writing


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