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Thrillerfest is the year conference for the International Thriller Writers Association. It takes place every year in New York City. I attended last year for the first time as a Debut Author with my book The Saffron Crocus, and I was one of nearly two dozen  honored at the Debut Author breakfast, presided over by Steve Berry. This year I attended the breakfast for Debut Authors Kim Alexander, Flynn Berry, Matthew Betley, J.L. Delozier, Lisa Hall, Elena Hartwell, L.S. Hawker, Cheryl Hollon, Karen Katchur, Mark Leggatt, Nina Mansfield, Nadine Nettmann, Michael Ransom, Robert Rapoza, Brendan Rielly, Emily Ross, Nina Sadowsky, Janelle Samara, Amy Stuart, Radha Vatsal and Tim Washburn. In my capacity as organizer of the Fearless Bloggers for ITW (a blog tour for Debut Authors managed by volunteers) I’ve gotten to know some of these fine authors. Keep reading and you will get to know them too.

Thrillerfest is the yearly conference of the International Thriller Writers association. It takes place the second week of July every year; this year it's July 5-9. That includes an FBI workshop, Craftfest, MasterCraft Fest, Pitchfest, and the Thrillerfest Conference itself.

So, this is unusual. Established playwright Elena Hartwell has moved from plays to novels. Mystery novels, of course. Her debut book is One Dead, Two to Go, published in April, 2016 by Camel Press.

The (first ever!) Virtual Historical Festival organized by Endeavor Press continues!
The Virtual Historical Festival, organized by Endeavor Press, starts tomorrow, April 18, and runs to April 22nd. This is the first virtual historical book fest ever! So check it out. 
LOS ANGELES_ The 2016 Los Angeles Book Festival has named a supernatural thriller written for young adults as the grand prize winner of its annual competition honoring the best of world publishing.

Nancy Bilyeau, the best-selling historical author of  the series of historical thrillers The Crown, The Chalice, and The Tapestry. A veteran of the magazine business, Bilyeau is now an editor at The Big Thrill, the magazine for the International Thriller Writers Association. She invited me to write a monthly series on debut authors. 

AFTER THE FALL is the fourth in Patricia Gussin's series about Laura Nelson, M.D. Previous books in the series include Shadow of Death, Twisted Justice, and Weapon of Choice.

My first year at Thrillerfest (conference organized by the International Thriller Writers Association) was also the year I went through the Debut Author Program organized by ITW. Thrillerfest is an amazing conference, and it is even more amazing if you are lucky enough to go as a Debut Author.