Talking ThrillerFest with Author LS Hawker

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Please Welcome Author L.S. Hawker



Lisa Storm Hawker




Lisa’s debut thriller, The Drowning Game, was a finalist in the 2016 ITW Thriller Awards in the Best First Novel category.  She writes in the thriller, suspense, and mystery genre. Her other books are: Body and BoneEnd of the RoadPlease learn more about Lisa by going to






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*Was this your first Thrillerfest?

No–last year was my first. I joined after I learned my debut novel THE DROWNING GAME was a finalist in the Best FIrst Novel category of the ITW Thriller Awards.

That’s awesome for a first book!

The Drowning Game

*Why did you attend and how has it helped you?

It was so exciting, fun, and educational last year (and I met and made instant friends with amazing published authors from all over the country) that I decided I would go every year I possibly could. Even though it is extremely expensive, if you can swing it, I highly recommend it. Think of it as an investment in your career.

Nice. I’m glad you had this opportunity. I’d like to go once in my lifetime. Bucketlist?


*What was some of your highlights?

Watching the literary and film critic Janet Maslin interview Lee Child. He is hilarious, down to earth, uber successful, and always gives the impression that any of us can have the kind of success he has. Also, mega-multi-million selling thriller novelist Lisa Scottoline came to one of my book signings and had me sign my third novel, END OF THE ROAD, for her. Mountain top experience!

Whoa. That’s great! 

Book signing

*Which authors did you meet or interact with?

Lisa Scottoline, of course, Allison Brennan, Laura McHugh, Alex Dolan, Carey Baldwin, Susan Furlong, Anthony Franze, E.Z. RInsky, Nancy Allen (who’s writing with James Patterson now)–all bestselling authors and wonderful friends. I also got to go to my publisher, HarperCollins, and hang out with my editor Chloe Moffett. I also had lunch with my old editor who’s now at Crooked Lane Books, Chelsey Emmelhainz.

Great. There’s so many talented writers that we don’t even know about. 

*Do you have any pictures?

YA Thrillers panel

YA thrillers panel

With Sheila Sobel

sheila sobel

Procrastination Panel


Lisa signing books!

me signing books

With Laura Mchugh

laura mchugh

Journey to publication panel.


Interview with Lee Child


Debut authors.


*Did you gain any sagely advice in the writing craft?

So much…the Craftfest portion of Thrillerfest is always invaluable. I live tweeted a lot of it on Twitter, which is always a lot of fun.

Themes that come up again and again are persistence. Don’t give up. Work on your craft. Listen to what editors and agents have to say.

Swezzeett!! I love it. 

Step into a scene and let it drip from your fingertips. –MJ Bush


*Do you recommend attending?



thank you

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