Inside ThrillerFest 2016

ThrillerFest is an annual conference put on by International Thriller Writers, the association of professional thriller authors, and it’s a great opportunity for like-minded writers, editors and agents to meet and mingle and learn.

Our attending authors and editors provide a glimpse into the excitement of the event! Special thanks to thriller authors Heather Graham, Rick Mofina, Emelie Schepp and Debra Webb for being our backstage pass.


Welcome to Thrillerfest!

Arrive hotel

There were tons of great reads on offer.

Thriller reads


And swag to bring home!

thrillerfest swag

Deadly Fate t-shirt


Authors got to meet fans. Here’s Nordic crime writer Emelie Schepp signing books.

Emelie signing book for a fan


You never know who you’re going to bump into at ThrillerFest in New York!

Here’s Rick Mofina and Lee Child.

Rick Mofina and Lee Child

Heather Graham hanging out with Walter Mosley.

Heather Graham and Walter Mosley


Emelie Schepp and Lee Child.

Emelie and Lee Child


And Emelie met Karin Slaughter, too.

Emelie and Karin Slaughter


Rick Mofina and author Jamie Freveletti say hello at the Thriller Awards reception.

Rick Mofina and Jamie Freveletti


A big part of the conference is learning from the best, with talks from authors on honing the craft of thriller writing, and panels with industry leaders discussing the business.

MIRA Books senior editor Margaret Marbury rocked “The Best Ways to Promote Thrillers” panel!

MOM on panel CU

Heather Graham led a Master CraftFest group in an intensive, hands-on workshop.

HG MasterCraft


And it’s also a lot of fun! Acclaimed and musically talented authors Brad Parks (left) and Daniel Palmer (right) wow the crowd at the Thriller Awards banquet with their rendition of “Thriller.”

Brad Parks and Daniel Palmer performance

Debra Webb says: “Goodbye New York! See you next year for ThrillerFest ’17!”



Don’t you want to go to ThrillerFest, too? Have you ever been to a writers’ and/or readers’ conference? Let us know what you think!

    Margot Mallinson

    Margot Mallinson is an Editorial Assistant at MIRA. She loves working with manuscripts—after years as a copyeditor, she’s so happy to shift her focus to the best bits: story and character. Margot started reading early because she wanted to read more and faster, and she still stays up too late finishing every type of novel. Her downtime, such as it is with two little kids and a dog, is filled by training for triathlons, where she earns some solid participation ribbons. She rewards herself amply with red wine and dark chocolate.

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