Interview with Author Andrew Bourelle

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Today, I have the privilege of interviewing a very accomplished author, Andrew Bourelle! Andrew Bourelle is the author of the novel Heavy Metal (now available on Amazon) and coauthor with James Patterson of Texas Ranger (Now Available). His short stories have appeared in a variety of publications and have twice been selected for inclusion in The Best American Mystery Stories. Andrew’s short story, “Three Bullets”, was included in our first issue this past July, which you can read HERE!

Overcoming Writer’s Block

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Writer’s block is definitely something every writer faces (some face it more frequently than others). But there are some proven strategies authors can use to overcome writer’s block and not let it throw them behind schedule or off course! We posed a question on our Twitter page, asking writers to share some of their strategies on how to overcome wrtier’s block. We received some awesome suggestions, all of which you can read HERE, but below are some of our favorites:

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Definitely some great tips there! How about yourself? What are some ways you overcome writer’s block and get the ideas flowing? Let us know in the comments below!

Interview with Author Ingrid St. John

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Today we have the privelage of interviewing author Ingrid St. John! Ingrid’s debut novel, HaUNTEDwas published earlier this year and falls under the horror/thriller genre. Since her childhood, Ingrid has been in love with thriller, mysteries and horror. She grew reading many different authors/genres. However, it was after watching the classic horror film A Nightmare on Elm Street that she became inspired to write her own stories. In addition to her love of writing, she is the founder of 1287 Pictures, a production company that will produce horror and thriller films.

You can learn more about her on her OFFICIAL WEBSITE.

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Tips for Writing Flash Fiction

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We recently asked some authors what is their advice for writing flash fiction. Flash fiction is often described as a story that is less than 1,000 words (some magazines describe it as less than 800 words). Flash fiction is definitely a different animal than a short story, and it needs to have a different approach. Here’s some of the advice authors offered us:

  • Don’t add un-necessary details or lofty description. If something is red, tell us it’s red. Don’t tell us that it “as red as a tomato’s skin”. If you take too long with the description, you won’t have enough words to tell the story.
  • Flash fiction is often all about shock value. You don’t have a whole lot of time to tell a full story, so shocking or ambiguous endings are often a go-to.
  • Start the story in the middle of the action.
  • Use words that have a strong connotation. That way, you won’t have to describe things in as many details.

Submission Tips from our Editor-In-Chief

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Our Editor-in-Chief, Ammar Habib, was recently interviewed by Joan from “What Editors Want You to Know”. Joan asked Ammar about some tips and advice he could offer to authors considering submitting their work to Thriller Magazine.You can read the full interview HERE, but below is a part of it. It’s a great read for those who are planning to submit their work to our publication, but also don’t forget to check out our SUBMISSION GUIDELINES! 🙂

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Author Interview: Amy Grech

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Today we have the privilege of interviewing author Amy Grech! We had the honor of publishing her short story, “Fresh Finch” in our first issue earlier this summer, which you can read HERE!

Amy is an accomplished writer and has sold over 100 stories to various anthologies and magazines including: A New York State of Fright, Apex Magazine, Beat to a Pulp: Hardboiled, Dead Harvest, Deadman’s Tome Campfire Tales Book Two, Expiration Date, Fright Mare, Needle Magazine, Real American Horror, Shrieks and Shivers from the Horror Zine, Space and Time Magazine, Tales from The Lake Vol. 3, and many othersNew Pulp Press published her book of noir stories, Rage and Redemption in Alphabet City. She is an Active Member of the Horror Writers Association and the International Thriller Writers. Amy currently resides in Brooklyn. To learn more about Amy, visit her website and follow Amy on Twitter at @amy_grech!  

Mission Impossible: Fallout (Review with No Major Spoilers)

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Mission Impossible: Fallout is here! The sixth film of the series, Fallout arrives hot on the heels of its positively received predecessor, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. After watching the film last night, I can honestly say that this film lives up to all the hype!

This action/espionage franchise is decades old, but it continues to up the ante with each installment, both in action and drama. This is something that Fallout demonstrates from from the get-go.

The film opens as super-agent Ethan Hunt (played by Tom Cruise) is haunted by the regrets of his past. His decades of service to his country have taken a toll on him and his psyche, and he’s had to sacrifice more than any good man should. After an early mission goes wrong, three nuclear bombs disappear and are in the hands of terrorist.

To retrieve the bombs, Ethan and his team are paired with CIA assassin August Walker (Henry Cavill). A series of events quickly puts Ethan and his team are soon put on the run from their own government. Enemies are on every side and there is nobody Ethan can trust outside of his team. Although this plot line seems to have been done in 4 of the previous 5 films, it still comes across as something fresh for the audience and the stakes seem to never have been higher.

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Author Interview: Gage Garza

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For this week’s interview, we are honored to showcase author Gage Garza! Gage’s debut flash fiction piece “Forest Fire” was published in our first issue a couple of weeks ago (which you can read HERE). You can also connect with Gage on Twitter!

How Long Does it Take to Write a Short Story?

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We recently ran a poll on our Twitter account asking authors how long it takes them to write a short story. Below are the results:

It looks like most people take less than 4 weeks to write a short story. For a lot of people it takes less than 1 week. That makes perfect sense since a short story is normally less than 6,000 words, so it really only takes 1 burst of momentum to get a first draft done!

What about you? How long does it take you to generally write a short story? Let us know in the comments below!

Joker Origin Movie Title and Release Date Announced

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As a magazine that focuses on thrillers, every week we showcase an article that discusses some thriller movie or book news. Today we’re focusing on the upcoming standalone Joker Origin Movie!

Warner Bros. and DC Films have finally announced the official title and release date for the Joker Origin Movie, which stars Joquain Phoneix as the Clown Prince of Crime. After a lot of speculation, it was recently revealed that Phoenix is officially on board to star in the film. Since that announcement, the actor has been a lot more open about his choice to take the role on.

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The film’s title has been revealed to simply be Joker. A release date of October 4, 2019 was announced, so I’m sure more details on the rest of the cast will be announced in the coming weeks. Tod Phillip (the director of War Dogs) is set to direct.

I was honestly not excited about the movie until the lead actor was announced. He’s an amazing star and I’m excited to see what Phoenix does with the role! I’ve been a fan of his ever since Gladiator and Walk the Line, and he definitely has an amazing acting range and can play the crazy lunatic character well. The title suggests that this film will be more of a character piece that focuses on the titular character and his psyche and rise to infamy. Fingers crossed that this turns out better than the recent DC Comics films. Only the future will tell.

Call for Submissions: Thriller Magazine

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We are excited to announce that Thriller Magazine is now accepting submissions for our 2nd issue until October 15th! We’re looking for great short stories, flash fiction, poetry, artwork, and some book reviews.

Here is the link to our site, where you can read more about us, our submission guidelines, and our full first issue: thrillermagazine.org.

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Author Interview: Richard Godwin

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We’re starting a weekly series of author interviews with our first interview being today! Today we are learning about Richard Godwin. Richard is the critically acclaimed author of Apostle Rising, Mr. Glamour, One Lost Summer, Noir City, Meaningful Conversations, Confessions Of A Hit Man, Paranoia And The Destiny Programme, Wrong Crowd, Savage Highway, Ersatz World, The Pure And The Hated, Disembodied, Buffalo And Sour Mash, and Locked In Cages. His stories have been published in numerous magazines and over 34 anthologies. Richard was born in London and lectured in English and American literature at the University of London.