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 lshawker.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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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?





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*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! 





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*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

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Procrastination Panel

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Lisa signing books!

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With Laura Mchugh

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Journey to publication panel.

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Interview with Lee Child

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Debut authors.

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*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

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*Do you recommend attending?

​YES​

AMEN.





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Chatting with Author Allison Brennan & her new book Shattered

 

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Please welcome an awesome writer,  Allison Brennan. She’s a New York Times and USA today bestselling author who’s penned over a dozen thrillers and short stories over the years.  Her new book Shatteredwill be released Tuesday August 22nd as the #4 book in the Max Revere series. I’m reading this title now and it’s absolutely stunning.

 

 

 

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Over a span of twenty years, four boys have been kidnapped from their bedrooms, suffocated, and buried nearby in a shallow grave. Serial killer or coincidence?

That’s the question investigative reporter Maxine Revere sets out to answer when an old friend begs her to help exonerate his wife, who has been charged with their son’s recent murder. But Max can do little to help because the police and D.A. won’t talk to her―they think they have the right woman. Instead, Max turns her attention to three similar cold cases. If she can solve them, she might be able to help her friend.

Justin Stanton was killed twenty years ago, and his father wants closure―so he is willing to help Max with her investigation on one condition: that she work with his former sister-in-law― Justin’s aunt, FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid. Trouble is, Max works alone, and she’s livid that her only access to the case files, lead detective and witnesses depends on her partnering with a federal agent on vacation. She wants the career-making story almost as much as the truth―but if she gets this wrong, she could lose everything.

Haunted by Justin’s death for years, Lucy yearns to give her family―and herself―the closure they need. More important, she wants to catch a killer. Lucy finds Max’s theory on all three cases compelling―with Max’s research added to Lucy’s training and experience, Lucy believes they can find the killer so justice can finally be served. But the very private Lucy doesn’t trust the reporter any more than Max trusts her.

Max and Lucy must find a way to work together to untangle lies, misinformation, and evidence to develop a profile of the killer. But the biggest question is: why were these boys targeted? As they team up to find out what really happened the night Justin was killed, they make a shocking discovery: Justin’s killer is still out there … stalking another victim … and they already may be too late.

 

 

 

 

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*Who is Maxine Revere and what makes her tick?

Maxine Revere spent the first ten years of her life traveling the world with her mother on the whim—Martha Revere never wanted to put down roots. Shortly before Max’s tenth birthday, her mother left her with her very wealthy, very traditional grandparents and then disappeared—sending Max occasional postcards until they stopped after Max’s 16th birthday. Her mother lied to her about her father—she still doesn’t know who her father is—and Max still doesn’t know what happened to her mom.

When Max was a senior in college, her roommate Karen Richardson disappeared while they were on spring break. There were signs that she had been murdered—a lot of blood—but no body was found, and no evidence to convict the playboy Max was certain killed her. Max hounded law enforcement for a year, and finally wrote a book about Karen’s disappearance and the police investigation. She found she had a knack for gathering information and a skill for writing about crime. She ended up writing four true crime books and numerous articles, mostly about cold cases and missing persons.

Now, Max hosts a monthly newsmagazine on a cable television network, highlighting cold cases (think an in-depth America’s Most Wanted, but where the suspect is an unknown.) She is driven to solve crimes for others because she’s never been able to solve the mystery of her own life. Max is abrasive, intelligent, independent, and never gives up.

In SHATTERED, Max is compelled to look at evidence from three cold cases of young boys kidnapped from their bedrooms and murdered. She thinks there’s a connection, though the police haven’t put it together. Once Max is convinced she’s right, she isn’t going to stop until she solves the case.

I really like Max Revere’s straight-forward personality. Her determination and intensity truly shines. She’s not afraid to step on toes to get what she wants. 




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*What motivates FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid?

When Lucy was seven, her nephew and best friend Justin was killed. It changed her and her family forever. Her older brothers and sisters changed their career focus and all went into some aspect of law enforcement or the military. She didn’t realize how much these events impacted her, until after her own tragedy when she was eighteen—she was kidnapped and raped live on the internet, and would have been killed if not for her family tracking her down.

Now, nine years after that horrific event, Lucy has realized her dream of becoming an FBI agent. She’s on the second year of her assignment to the San Antonio field office. She is recently married to private investigator and security consultant Sean Rogan, and has grown tremendously from an insecure trainee to a confident investigator over her now 12-book series.

Lucy is motivated by justice—to help victims by catching those who prey on the innocent. She has a keen insight not only in victim profiling, but in criminal profiling.

I love Lucy! She’s a very interesting character, especially the whole Kincaid family. Seeing what motivates characters and what they want is very satisfying.

 

 

*Explain the relationship dynamic between Maxine and Lucy. 

Max and Lucy meet in SHATTERED. Justin Stanton is the possible first victim of an unknown serial killer. Justin’s father, long-time D.A. Andrew Stanton, agrees to help Max in her cold case investigation on the condition that Max work with Lucy. Lucy is more than willing to take time off of work to solve a crime that has pained her and her family for so long. Max doesn’t like working with cops for many reasons, largely because they have rules they must follow that she doesn’t. Lucy is intrigued by Max’s theory, and reminds her that without her, no one in San Diego will cooperate. They don’t trust each other, and when Max starts digging into Lucy’s past, Lucy threatens to cut Max out of the investigation completely, which infuriates her.

However, Max and Lucy are both driven by the need to see justice served—that the truth needs to be uncovered at all cost. That tentative bond can be strengthened or severed … it was very fun and satisfying for me to challenge these two strong women.

Seeing these two clash and work together on the page is quite explosive. Very entertaining to say the least. The tension is palpable. 




 
*What did you enjoy the most in writing Shattered?

Putting Max and Lucy on the same page. At first I was really nervous about it because I wasn’t sure how they would work together. They are both so clear to me, they are both so well-defined in my head, that I was afraid that they would absolutely detest each other and not work together. There is a lot of distrust and even some misinformation between them, but as they worked together they gained a mutual respect.

You might be on to something here, Allison. These two are dynamite!

 



*What were some challenges writing Shattered?

Figuring out the logistics of what happened to Justin and the other boys. I was never going to solve Justin’s murder unless I knew why he was killed. When I figured out the why, I thought it was going to be “easy” to solve the crime. But I was tied to some information I’d released in earlier Lucy Kincaid books, and I had to make sure I was consistent in this book. It took a lot of thought and choreography to make sure it worked! But once I had the motivation of the killer understood, it fell into place.

Your’e motivations are great! The plotting has been spectacular. Your choreography paid off 🙂


 

“Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.”

 

 

*Will Maxine and Lucy partner in future books?

I don’t know — I would like to put them together again. I might bring Max into a Lucy book. (SHATTERED is technically part of the Maxine Revere series though Lucy plays an equal role in the story.) It would be fun … but I’d have to have the right idea for them. I’ll never say never!

Well, I certainly hope they team up again in the future. They have a wonderful chemistry about them. Even their resources, backgrounds, colleagues are ripe for a collaboration. Guess we’ll wait and see what happens!





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Thanks Allison!!

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SHATTERED coming August 22, 2017

RT Top Pick!

PW: “Intricately plotted … psychologically complex characters … heart-pounding.”

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Balancing Ambition & Contentment, Lessons Learned From Thrillerfest 2017

A Special event with Author Joanna Penn

 

 

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Are you a work in progress?

 

 

 

 

How do you balance ambition and contentment?

As an author what is success to you?

What makes you happy?

Do you need external validation to measure success?

Tell me in the comments!!

 

 

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Interview with Historical & Contemporary Romance Author Maggi Andersen

 

 

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Please welcome Maggi Andersen, historical and contemporary romance author from New South Wales, Australia. She has a BA and Master of Arts in Creative Writing, loves local wildlife, and pens the Regency, Baxendale Sisters, and Spies of Mayfair series.  And she has an AWESOME WEBSITE. Please check it out, Maggiandersenauthor.com

 

 

 

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Now, let’s learn a little more about our friend, Maggi…

 

 

*What’s it like living in Australia?

It’s great! Australians are known for their easy-going attitude to life. I grew up close to the beach and my childhood was all sun, sand, and sea. My brother and I roamed free in those days. Now I live in a bustling village in the Southern Highlands near Sydney, where the spring and autumn are glorious and it sometimes snows, but lightly and rarely! It’s wine country, with rolling green hills, some covered in vines, horse studs and farms. The highlands has many endangered bird species and a large koala population. Old inns, and their ghosts, still operate in the historic villages nearby where the stage coaches once passed through during the 1800s. When I feel I need to break out of my self-imposed writer’s cocoon, I head to Sydney for a writer’s conference or Melbourne to visit family.

 

This is great. Would love to visit there one day. My wife has a cousin, uh, somewhere over there. Sorry memory fails me at the moment. 

 

 

 

 

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*What led you to read the books of Georgette Heyer and Victoria Holt?

My mother loved them, and she handed them on to me. We reread them many times over and had lengthy discussion on each one. It was a special thing to share with her, with lovely memories now that she is no longer with us.

It’s lovely to share the joy of books with others, especially another family member. 

 

 

A book is a gift you can open again and again. -Garrison Keillor

 

 

*What do you love most about the Georgian and Regency worlds?

There is so much to write about. The history, manners, culture, fashions, gardens, mansions, and food aside, there was also the extravagant and extraordinarily self-indulgent Prince Regent, plus the lengthy Napoleonic wars. There was also the pulsating underworld where crime and vice of every kind flourished. The colorful Georgian era was less mannered, but equally as fascinating. Some of the people who existed in these eras seem larger than life, like Beau Brummel, who was a profound influence on men’s fashion and their bathing habits in the early 1800s. He was befriended by the Prince of Wales, but was always on the verge of poverty, which was then labeled ‘dun territory’. He lost the Prince’s friendship and left England a broken man. Young gentlemen were dangerously idle. Great gamblers, there are many instances where huge estates and wealth were lost at the gaming tables and the races.

I love what you’ve done with your historical series. It not only brings history alive, but it also transports you there in many ways. 

 

 

 

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*If you could send yourself back to those time periods what would you do?

Marry a duke of course. 🙂  Seriously, I would hope to be a member of the ton, the Upper Ten Thousand in society. Life could be very hard for the lower classes. If I was born without money or family, I’d be an actress, I always wanted to tread the boards.

Splendid! I always enjoy the answers to this question. 

 

*What are your top three experiences writing about these times?

Creating the three books in The Spies of Mayfair Series. A Dangerous Deception, A Spy to Love, and A Secret Affair. They were enjoyable to write, I loved the heroes and heroines, and researching interesting historical facts which included Napoleon’s escape from Elba, The Peterloo Massacre, and the famous Hope diamond, the blue diamond of the French Crown, stolen from King Louis XIV in 1791.

Awesome! Can’t wait to read all of them. 

 

 

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*Tell us about your new release, The Baron’s Wife.

My new release The Baron’s Wife has just hit an historical mystery bestseller list on Amazon! Another of my favorite stories to write, it’s set during the late Victorian era, teetering on the brink of the 20 th Century, when so much was changing. Women were fighting for their right to vote, to gain access to university degrees and have other freedoms allowed to men. It would take many years for these things to be realized. My heroine, Laura Parr was involved in the Suffrage movement when she met her hero, Baron, Nathaniel Lanyon. She puts these dreams on hold after he sweeps her off her feet, marries her and takes her to his home, an ancient abbey in Cornwall. Laura soon discovers all is not as it seems in her new home. There’s a mystery surrounding Nathaniel’s first wife’s death. Nathaniel had been confident he could offer Laura a happy life, but the past comes back to claim him.

This sounds like an intriguing story!

 

 

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*What was a courtship like at the time of Laura Parr and Baron, Lord Nathaniel Lanyon?

For a strictly raised young lady such as Laura, her future marriage partner, and her courtship was often chosen and managed by the parents. Her father must first approve of the suitor and her mother would make sure she was chaperoned until the wedding. Many couples were virtual strangers when they married.

Wow. That’s amazing. The thought of my parents choosing my spouse makes me cringe.

 

 

*Is this a standalone or part of a series?

The Baron’s Wife is a standalone novel. It’s my third Victorian mystery romance. The first two are The Folly at Falconbridge Hall and The Diary of a Painted Lady.

I already downloaded this one!

 

 

*What else are you working on?

At present, I’m working on a new Regency series, The Kinsey Family, Unmasking Lady Helen, Book One. The story is filled with mystery, suspense and romance, Ancient Egyptian tombs, and art forgery. I hope to have it published by August. Also, my contemporary romantic suspense novella Finding Daniel is part of a boxed set coming in February 2018.

Sounds great, keep us posted. 

 

 

Thanks Maggi!

 

 

 

A Baron’s Wife: https://books2read.com/u/bzpXE9

Amazon Author page:http://lrd.to/9bwVEjmPBk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maggiandersenauthor/

Twitter: @maggiandersen

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2786221.Maggi_Andersen

Website: http//www.maggiandersenauthor.com

 

 

 

Writing Lesson Section 5 by David Kummer

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Hannah Vogel Box Set by Rebecca Cantrell

 

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Tell us about this new creation of yours—Cigarette Boy. That’s such a unique name!

When I wrote my first novel, A Trace of Smoke, I researched the gay cabaret culture of Weimar Berlin. The main character was a crime reporter named Hannah Vogel, and her brother Ernst had been immersed in that culture before his murder. Originally, I had scenes in his voice from beyond the grave, but the scenes confused some initial readers, so I cut them out. But I always wanted to give Ernst Vogel a chance to tell his own stories. It took me a long time to get back to him (sorry, Ernst!), but with Cigarette Boy, I finally did.

Ernst is the club headliner—a talented singer who draws a crowd.  One night before the show he watches the new cigarette boy. In some clubs, from the 1920s through the 1960s, cigarette girls wore special costumes and carried around trays of cigarettes, matches, gum, and other small items. Since Ernst works at a gay cabaret club, the cigarette girl is actually a cigarette boy, so that became the title Unfortunately for the cigarette boy, he’s murdered. When the police aren’t interested in solving the crime, Ernst investigates the murder himself.

Tell us about the setting for this story.

In 1931 Berlin, the club scene was extraordinary. Ernst’s club is based on a real club, El Dorado, where some of the most talented performers of the day came to put on shows, including Marlene Dietrich. It’s full of men dressed like men. Men dressed like women. Women dressed like women. Women dressed like men. Fancy clothes, smoky jazz, backstage intrigues, and passionate Communists fighting and dancing with angry Nazis. The world would soon be on the brink of war, but nobody knew that yet. They just wanted good music, cigarettes, expensive liquor, dancing, and for the roaring twenties to never end!

What was your experience like writing this?

It was great fun! I recently reacquired the rights to the four books in the series, and was anxious to get back into the world of Berlin in the 1930s. I’d always wanted to tell one of Ernst’s stories, and I was so grateful to finally have the opportunity. Of course, as my luck would have it, I left Berlin before I started working on the story, so research was challenging. Yes, I wrote four Berlin books in Hawaii, moved to Berlin and did not write a single book set there while I lived there, then moved back to Hawaii and almost immediately wrote a story set in Berlin. I realize how crazy that is. I appear to be writing my books out of order with my life, as if I’m deliberately trying to make things as complicated as possible. So far, so good.

Say a little abut the Hannah Vogel Box Set Collector’s Edition?

The collector’s edition includes the first three Hannah Vogel novels:

  • A Trace of Smoke, set in Berlin in 1931 where Hannah discovers her brother’s photo in the Hall of the Unnamed Dead and vows to find his killer. Along the way she meets up with a boy who claims she is his mother and a handsome banker whom she struggles to trust.
  • A Night of Long Knives, set in Munich and Berlin in 1934 where Hannah is thrust back into Nazi Germany on the eve of the large purge where more than a thousand political opponents of Hitler were killer overnight. Hannah walks through this blood-stained landscape to try and find her missing son.
  • A Game of Lies, set during the Berlin Olympics of 1936, finds Hannah back in Berlin as a reporter covering the games, but also working as a spy for the British. Although Berlin seems bright and peaceful, she knows it’s a facade covering darkness as she investigates the death of her one time mentor and worries that even her most trusted allies will betray her.

The Collector’s Edition also includes the Ernst Vogel short story prequel, Cigarette Boy, and extra book covers sprinkled throughout like Easter eggs.

If you’re not interested in the extra content, there is a standard edition coming out soon with just the novels for sale as well for a lower price.

Where can we purchase the collector’s edition?

The collector’s edition is available as an ebook at the usual suspects:

Amazon | Barnes&Noble | iBooks | Kobo

 

 

Thanks Rebecca!

 

 

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Writing Lessons Section 4 by David Kummer

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Writing Lesson Section 3 Part 3 by David Kummer

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Writing Lesson Section 3 Part 2 by David Kummer

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Writing Lesson Section 3 Part 1 by David Kummer

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