Hank Ryan Phillips as Masterclass Mentor
Thrillerfest is an annual event for writers of the thriller genre who meet in New York City every year. Organized by the International Thriller Writers, it is a frenetic
7-day event with book signings, pitches with agents and publishers, and about a hundred workshops with fellow writers as guest speakers.
It was a virtual event again this year due to the pandemic, but as busy as ever for us writers. I was awake from 12 midnight till 4 in the morning to pitch a work I'm currently writing called Source Z.
The most intimidating part was attending a Masterclass with one of the best-selling Thrillerfest authors Hank Phillippi Ryan, winner of 5 Agatha awards plus 37 Emmys for investigative journalism.
I thought the experience was like facing an executioner's gallery, but Hank surprised me when she said that she found my writing "mystical" and "gorgeous" and wondered if I could write other scenes in the same style she had read earlier. Judging from her critique, the next few months will be spent sharpening my editing tools as I take the lessons to heart which Hank imparted during
Thriller Master Class 2021.