New York City, NY (PRWEB) June 18, 2005
New York Times best-selling author David Morrell, co-president of the newly formed International Thriller Writers (ITW) organization, co-hosted the lavish ITW inaugural party on Saturday, June 4 2005 at the historic Algonquin Hotel Â a perfect literary setting to introduce the whoÂs-who and the up-and-comers of the thriller genre to important publishing industry executives, reporters, publishers and authors.
Morrell, whose award-winning first novel, "First Blood" (which won him the Friends of American Writers Distinguished Recognition award) launched him into a prolific career which includes 28 books (many of them New York Times best-sellers) and numerous short stories (which have earned him two Bram Stoker awards, two Stoker nominations, and two World Fantasy nominations) is considered by many to be the father of the modern action novel and is a natural co-leader of an organization which was created by thriller writers in support of the thriller genre.
The idea for the group had been simmering for years and finally erupted out of a conversation between Gayle Lynds (THE COIL) and David Morrell, the other co-founder and co-president of ITW. Lee Child, Tess Gerritsen, David Dun, and M.J. Rose are the other board members. ÂThere has never been an organization specifically for the thriller community,Â Morrell explained. ÂWe are dedicated to deepening readersÂ appreciation of the genre and expanding the possibilities of what writers can do in it."
With more than 300 publishers, media representatives, booksellers, authors and others influential in the publishing world attending the ITW cocktail party, ÂIt was an extremely memorable evening for all involved,Â Morrell said. ÂThe Algonquin Hotel is such a richly historic literary site to host the launch for ITW. It was a unique and important opportunity for us to introduce ourselves and connect with others in the publishing world during Book Expo America.Â
Morrell is contributing an original story to the upcoming anthology "Thriller" (Mira Books, Hardcover, June 2006), which ITW recently announced, edited by author James Patterson. "Thriller" is a collection of short stories by ITW authors - the first pure thriller anthology ever published. Proceeds of the book will go to ITWÂs treasury as their first official fundraiser. (For more information on "Thriller" and contributing authors, visit the ITW website at http://www.internationalthrillerwriters.com.)
What else is new in MorrellÂs life? In addition to writing, he is releasing his highly-anticipated new dark-suspense thriller "Creepers" this fall with his new publisher, CDS Books. This past year, Morrell decided to branch off from a bigger, traditional house, in an attempt to find a new approach to publishing. He ultimately found what he was looking for at CDS Books, a relatively new division of CDS, the largest independent book distributor in the U.S.
ÂThey consider their relationship with their authors to be a partnership,Â explained Morrell. ÂOn a more intimate basis than I have ever experienced, IÂve had constant input on every facet of the bookÂs design, as well as the publicity and marketing. They are not simply relying on the customary method of sending copies to reviewers. They are able to create a modern strategy with the Âout-of-the-box thinkingÂ which I believe is crucial to getting ahead in the publishing world in the 21st century. CDS has also built a fantastic site at http://www.theparagonhotel.com, which is an elaborate interactive site built around the abandoned Asbury Park hotel in the book.Â
In addition to speaking engagements, workshops and appearances between now and the fall, Morrell will embark on a two-month long national author tour in early September. ÂThis is my first big national tour in years,Â he said. ÂI am really looking forward to it.Â
"Creepers" refers to the slang term for urban explorersÂhistory and architecture enthusiasts who share a passion for exploring abandoned buildings and their dying secrets. The Internet reveals hundreds of thousands of urban-explorer contacts throughout the world. But for every group that decides to publicize itself, there are many who donÂt Â because urban exploration is illegal and so unsafe it can be deadly.
Early interest in "Creepers" is strong. "I was touched when Douglas Preston, co-author with Lincoln Child of Brimstone and Dance of Death, sent me an incredible quote for the book,Â the author elaborated. ÂWhat an honor that was.Â
One of AmericaÂs most critically-acclaimed storytellers, David Morrell is the author of 28 books, many of them national best-sellers. Eighteen million copies of his books are in print. His fiction has been translated into 26 languages.
Founded on October 8, 2004, at a meeting at Bouchercon World Mystery and Suspense Conference in Toronto, Canada, the International Thriller WriterÂs organization boasts a membership of more than 250 authors (80 percent of whom are New York Times best-selling authors) with worldwide sales exceeding 1.5 billion books.
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