Sheila Clover English attended Thrillerfest in New York and is our Cub Reporter today. She is an author and CEO of Circle of Seven Productions.
This year ThrillerFest was packed with authors on every level of the career ladder you can imagine, and even some readers. As a matter of fact this year they had something called FanFest where authors could invite their readers to come hang out with them! It was a huge success and I’m hoping they do it again next year.
Anne Rice is the 2013 ThrillerMaster and giving her that award was R.L. Stine who is an amazing speaker. As Ms. Rice was speaking she noted how touching it was to see these top selling authors working so hard to help new authors and how impressed she is with the way everyone supports each other. She said she’d always wanted to feel accepted by her peers and that the award was one of the highlights of her career. As she said it, her voice cracked and I was surprised at the emotion there, the sincerity. She is an amazing author and an amazing person. She said she plans on coming next year too!
Highlights for me included a talk given by Steve Berry about POV that was truly some of the best craft advice I’ve ever gotten. Another great workshop was with Alexandra Sokoloff who talked about the rhythm of writing and Gayle Lynds who talked about how to create great characters. Oh! And I got great advice from John Sandford’s panel on techniques and ideas to burnish your text!
I walked around the room at parties, still feeling that sense of awe that I am surrounded by so many talented authors, even though I’ve attended ThrillerFest for many years. It never gets old. I turn around and there’s Brad Meltzer walking by, smiling, then
Heather Graham comes up and give me a hug, Allison Brennan asks me how I’m doing. Joseph Finder (who I call “Gentleman Joe” because of an experience I had with him during an RT event. Great guy!!) signed the book I had secretly carried with me during the entire event waiting to run into him and he even wrote “So good to see you again” and I was so fan girly I am hoping I didn’t totally embarrass myself. Probably did. But, Joe’s too nice to tell anyone.
Before the awards were given out they gave a moment of silence to Vince Flynn who, sadly, passed away this year. Looking at his picture I was stuck by how young he was. I met him once years ago and will always remember that.
Thrillerfest Award Winners
BEST HARDCOVER NOVEL-Brian Freeman – SPILLED BLOOD (SilverOak)
BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL NOVEL-Sean Doolittle – LAKE COUNTRY (Bantam)
BEST FIRST NOVEL-Matthew Quirk – THE 500 (Reagan Arthur Books)
BEST E-BOOK ORIGINAL NOVEL-CJ Lyons – BLIND FAITH (Minotaur Books)
BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL-Dan Krokos – FALSE MEMORY (Hyperion Books CH)
BEST SHORT STORY-John Rector – “Lost Things” (Thomas & Mercer)
Bottom Line: By the time you read this I’ll be in Atlanta at RWA, say hi if you see me!