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Writer’s Digest Thriller Online Writing Conference coming June 19 & 20

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The Writer’s Digest Thriller Online Writing Conference is coming Friday & Saturday, June 19 & 20, 2015

My Class: VOICE: Whose Story Is It? is Saturday, June 20, 2 p.m. PDT

Info and Registration: http://bit.ly/1FyI2H3

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2015 in Writing

 

Crows Are Very Giving Creatures

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Crows are clever, smart, and natural-born scavengers. They tend to collect objects that catch their eye—usually things that shine or reflect. Eight-year-old Gabi Mann knows this all too well. Crows seem to love her Seattle backyard garden and bring her all sorts of interesting objects.

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In my Dub Walker thriller series, I visited Dub with a pair of crows, Kramden and Norton, who bring him stuff all the time.

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From STRESS FRACTURE:

As T-Tommy fed fresh fettuccine into a pot of boiling water, he said, “Your birds are

attacking your ex.”

My birds were Kramden and Norton. Two crows that I had rescued from a neighbor’s

pine tree after their mother disappeared. Probably killed by a hunter. Dropper feedings, then mushed-up worms and grains, and they grew into annoying young adults. That’s when I opened the walk-in cage I had built for them and let them take to the sky. They now roamed all over the county with others of their kind but managed at least one visit a day here. Usually for food or to bring some shiny object they had picked up. Crows are natural thieves and love anything with a gloss to it. Norton was the best thief; Kramden was the fat one. And the noisy one.

I looked out the window. Kramden hung his head over Claire’s computer screen as she

worked the keyboard. Norton stood to one side, eyeing her.

“She can handle them.”

She did. She scratched Kramden’s head and gave Norton a cracker from the tray of

cheeses and crackers I had prepared earlier. Norton snatched it and bounced across the table and out into the yard. Kramden followed and a squabble erupted. Once they devoured the cracker, they swirled into the sky, still going at each other, and headed west, their silhouettes starkly black against the red-orange sky, their cawing echoing off the trees. Time for them to find a roosting spot.

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2015 in Cool & Odd-Mostly Odd, Writing

 

ITW’s Best First Sentence Contest

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Are you an ITW member or are you going to ThrillerFest this July?

If so, submit your best first sentence for a chance to win a critique from one of our Master CraftFest instructors. Details:

Don’t miss this terrific opportunity!

Deadline May 31, 2015

Enter The Best First Sentence Contest for a chance to win a critique of 10 pages of your work from one of the Master CraftFest teachers.

Imagine having Steve Berry, Grant Blackwood, Lorenzo Carcaterra, David Corbett, Steven James, D.P. Lyle, MD, or Gayle Lynds reading your work! All you need to do is craft your very best first sentence and email it to bestfirstsentence@gmail.com. You have seven chances to win, since each teacher makes his or her own choice. To qualify to enter, you need to be attending ThrillerFest or you need to be an ITW member. You can only enter once. Winners will be announced at the CraftFest Luncheon on July 8, 2015.

See the winners of last year’s contest at http://thrillerfest.com/best-first-sentence-contest/. Get inspired, then get those entries in—the deadline’s almost here!

Warmest regards,

Kimberley Howe
Executive Director, ThrillerFest

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Writing

 

Crime and Science Radio: Investigating the Criminal Mind with Author Alan Jacobson

Join Jan Burke and me as we welcome author Alan Jacobson to Crime and Science Radio Saturday 5-23-15 at 10 a.m. PDT

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BIO: Alan Jacobson is the national bestselling author of ten thrillers, including the FBI profiler Karen Vail series and the OPSIG Team Black novels. His books have been translated internationally, they’ve been named to numerous best books of the year lists, and several have been optioned by Hollywood.

Jacobson has spent twenty years working with the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, the DEA, the US Marshals Service, SWAT, the NYPD, Scotland Yard, local law enforcement, and the US military. This research and the breadth of his contacts help bring depth and realism to his characters and stories.

For video interviews and a free personal safety eBook co-authored by Alan Jacobson and FBI Profiler Mark Safarik, please visit www.AlanJacobson.com.

Connect with Jacobson on Twitter (@JacobsonAlan) and on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/AlanJacobsonFans).

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LINKS:

Alan’s Website: http://www.alanjacobson.com

FBI Website: http://www.fbi.gov

FBI Investigation & Operations Support: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cirg/investigations-and-operations-support

FBI Behavioral Analysis Jobs: http://www.fbiagentedu.org/careers/intelligence/fbi-behavioral-analyst/

A Look Inside the BAU: http://profilesofmurder.com/2012/04/11/a-look-inside-the-bau/

NSA Website: https://www.nsa.gov

CIA Website: https://www.cia.gov/index.html

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Book Review: Jack of Spades by Joyce Carol Oates

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Jack of Spades by Joyce Carol Oates

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic

Pub Date: May 5, 2015

ISBN-10: 0802123945

ISBN-13: 978-0802123947

201 pages

Jack of Spades is a quirky and wonderfully written psychological thriller by one of America’s greatest storytellers. Andrew Rush is a best selling author and enjoys all the trappings that go along with his achievements. But he also writes very dark and disturbing fiction under the pseudonym “Jack of Spades.” But is Andy really Andrew or is he Jack? The lines are blurred and when he is sued for plagiarism by a local woman, who herself is an odd character, the pressure mounts and Andrew begins behaving oddly himself. His external struggles with family and friends pale in comparison to his percolating internal struggles. This story will grab you quickly and not let go.

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Book Review, Writing

 

Don’t Miss Master CraftFest

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Master CraftFest is ITW’s one-day writing intensive where a small group of students gather with a single instructor to workshop each student’s manuscript. The goal of this hands-on approach is to improve your writing and storytelling. It’s a long but rewarding day.

Join us and kick up your writing to the next level.

This year our instructors are: Steve Berry, Gayle Lynds, Steven James, Grant Blackwood, Lorenzo Carcaterra, David Corbett, and DP Lyle.

Master CraftFest will be held on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. with CraftFest proper beginning Wednesday July 8.

There are only a few seats remaining so sign up now.

http://thrillerfest.com/master-craftfest/

And of course join us for the entire week as ITW presents ThrillerFest, CraftFest, CareerFest (a new program), PitchFest, and the Thriller Awards Banquet. It’s a great week of learning, networking, and having fun.

http://thrillerfest.com

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2015 in Writing

 

Crime and Science Radio: Digging Up The Facts with Award-winning Investigative Reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan

Join Jan Burke and I Saturday, 10-25-15 on Crime and Science Radio for Digging Up The Facts with Award-winning Investigative Reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan

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BIO: HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s NBC affiliate. She’s won 32 EMMYs, 12 Edward R. Murrow awards and dozens of other honors for her groundbreaking journalism. A bestselling author of seven mystery novels, Ryan has won multiple prestigious awards for her crime fiction: three Agathas, the Anthony, Daphne, Macavity, and for THE OTHER WOMAN, the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. National reviews have called her a “master at crafting suspenseful mysteries” and “a superb and gifted storyteller.” Her 2013 novel, THE WRONG GIRL, has the extraordinary honor of winning the Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel and the Daphne Award for Mainstream Mystery/Suspense, and is a seven-week Boston Globe bestseller. Her newest hardcover, TRUTH BE TOLD, is now nominated for an Agatha Award – a landmark back-to-back-to-back nomination! It is also now an RT Book Reviews nominee for Best Suspense/Thriller of 2014. It’s also a Library Journal BEST BOOK OF 2014, Library Journal Editor’s Pick and RT Book Reviews Top Pick, with starred reviews from Booklist and from Library Journal, which raves, “Drop everything and binge read!” She is also nominated for the Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction as editor of the anthology of essays by mystery authors, WRITES OF PASSAGE. Ryan’s next novel, WHAT YOU SEE, will debut in Fall 2015.  She’s a founding teacher at Mystery Writers of America University and 2013 president of national Sisters in Crime.

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LINKS:

Hank’s Website: http://www.hankphillippiryan.com

Hank’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/HankPhillippiRyan

Hank’s Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/HankPRyan

Hank on GoodReads: www.goodreads.com/HankPhillippiRyan

Trailer for the first Jane Ryland book: The Other Woman:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdH02wV_O3M

Hank discusses Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvGIcehlKq4

Columbia Journalism Review: http://www.cjr.org/index.php

ProPublica: http://www.propublica.org

Poynter Institute: http://www.poynter.org

Emmy® News & Documentary Awards: http://emmyonline.com/newsemmy

Radio Television Digital News Foundation: http://www.rtdna.org/content/about_rtdnf#.VTkZOM6aLzI

Edward R. Murrow’s 1958 ‘ Wires & Lights in a Box’ Speech:

http://www.rtdna.org/content/edward_r_murrow_s_1958_wires_lights_in_a_box_speech#.VTkZrs6aLzI

Pew Research Center: http://www.journalism.org

Knight Lab: http://knightlab.northwestern.edu

Investigative Reporters and Editors: https://www.ire.org

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Posted by on April 24, 2015 in Interviews, Writing

 
 
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