Welcome to the Thrillerfest V Blog!

We hope you'll bookmark us, just as you bookmark so many of the hundreds of the International Thriller Writers that participate in our annual conference, held in New York City in July.

ITW is a youthful organization, always ready for a new way of looking at things. You'll find that dynamism here, in blog posts from authors, agents, editors and Thrillerfest attendees, past and present.

And that same excitement you feel from your favorite reads is evident in everything ITW does, and no wonder--the organization, staffing and publicity for ThrillerFest--including this new blog--is undertaken by volunteers, most of whom are ITW authors themselves.

So pull up a chair and stay awhile ... discover the latest news on what Thrillerfest V--the fifth anniversary of the conference--has to offer. Visit old friends, make new ones, ask questions, and hear about the remarkable things in store for the conference.

Whether or not you can come see us in New York--and we hope that you can!--please join us here. It's gonna be ... a thriller!

Kelli Stanley, Thrillerfest Publicity Committee Chair

Thrillerfest Publicity Committee:
Jeannie Holmes
CJ Lyons
Carla Buckley
Grant McKenzie

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Having a Blast at ThrillerFest

I’ve attended every Thrillfest since the beginning, and I’ve had a great time at each one. The energy at the first, in Phoenix, was off the charts. Thrillfest had the coolest vibe in the hottest climate. Every time we stepped outside we were blasted with blowtorch heat, but once inside the party continued. I’m a runner, and every day I’d stagger outside at dawn in an attempt to beat the sun. Not only was it still ridiculously hot, but a serial killer was shooting joggers in Phoenix at that time (I’m a fiction writer, but I swear I’m not making this up), and the knowledge that he was out there imbued me with real motivation to run as fast as I could.

New York as a venue is more expensive, it’s true, but publisher and agent attendance is higher, which offsets some of the cost. The conference is loaded with industry professionals, and it’s an excellent way to make new connections or renew some old ones. I met my agent, editor, and publicist at Thrillfest- a real trifecta!

New York as a venue also provides its own brand of fun. I think the writers took the hotel by surprise the first year there. We’d congregate in the bar after the day’s panels, and one waiter was stuck navigating a gauntlet of thirsty authors. A group of us decided to give the poor guy a break and headed out to a cigar bar in the village. We had a blast that night.

Each year Thrillfest hosts a debut authors breakfast. I made sure to be there, no matter how late I was up the night before. I’d attend each one, listening to those who were realizing their dream to be published. Hearing others who were debut gave me the inspiration to keep going forward. I’m debut this year, which is a blast. My novel, Running from the Devil, launches in May and I can’t wait to attend that breakfast.

I’m looking forward to connecting with old friends, meeting new ones, and just having a good time!

Jamie Freveletti
Running from the Devil

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