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October Third Thursday: Writing to Make Readers Shiver

October 20, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Horror writers like Stephen King and thriller writers like Gillian Flynn make us fear for their characters and look over our own shoulders. But it’s not as easy as writing, “Suddenly someone jumped out of the dark!” How do novels create that spooky, white-knuckle effect?

Join the Writers’ League of Texas on BookPeople’s third floor to explore the mechanics of chills and thrills with four writers:

Amanda Downum, author of the NECROMANCER CHRONICLES—THE DROWNING CITY, THE BONE PALACE, and KINGDOMS OF DUST—published by Orbit Books, and DREAMS OF SHEDS & TATTERS, from Solaris. Her short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Realms of Fantasy, Weird Tales, and elsewhere. Her day job sometimes involves dressing up as a giant worm.

Meg Gardiner, author of twelve thrillers, including PHANTOM INSTINCT, the Evan Delaney series, and the Jo Beckett novels. She was born in Oklahoma and raised in Santa Barbara, California. A graduate of Stanford Law School, she practiced law in Los Angeles and taught writing at the University of California Santa Barbara. She’s also a three time Jeopardy! champion. Her novel CHINA LAKE won the 2009 Edgar award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Paperback Original. THE DIRTY SECRETS CLUB won the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Procedural Novel of 2008. THE NIGHTMARE THIEF won the 2012 Audie Award for Thriller/Suspense audiobook of the year. THE SHADOW TRACER was named one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2013. Her latest novel, PHANTOM INSTINCT, was one of O, the Oprah magazine’s “Best Books of Summer.”

Amy Gentry graduated in 2011 with a PhD in English from the University of Chicago and began a freelance writing career, writing book reviews, cultural criticism, and, for one strange and wonderful year, a fashion column. She frequently reviews fiction for the Chicago Tribune Printer’s Row Journal, and her writing has appeared in Salon.com, xoJane, The Rumpus, the Austin Chronicle, the Texas Observer, LA Review of Books, Gastronomica, and the Best Food Writing of 2014. GOOD AS GONE, her first thriller, is set in her hometown of Houston, Texas.

Scott Johnson, author of 13 books including the horror series The Stanley Cooper Chronicles and the novel AN AMERICAN HAUNTING, three real ghost-guides including HAUNTED AUSTIN, TX; short stories; book reviews and other things. He is a teacher and martial artist.

Hope to see you there!

About the Writers’ League of Texas Third Thursday:
Our Third Thursday program is free and open to the public. These monthly panel discussions on the craft and business of writing take place on the third Thursday of the month (except December) on the third floor of BookPeople. All writers welcome! For more information: http://www.writersleague.org/calendar/September2016ThirdThursdy
Keep in mind, seating is limited at this event (especially when BookPeople has an event in-store on the same night), so arrive early if you’d like to be sure of sitting (although there will be standing room when chairs run out!).




October 20, 2016
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


603 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703 United States