Tag Archives: Thrillers

UNSUB wins the Barry Award!

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I’m absolutely delighted that UNSUB has won the 2018 Barry Award for Best Thriller. I’m proud of this book, and so happy that I could attend Bouchercon, where it was awarded.

Thanks to my publisher, Dutton; Jessica Renheim, who edited the novel; my stellar publicist Jamie Knapp; my agent Shane Salerno; and of course to Paul Shreve, for being the Husband, and putting up with everything that goes along with writing a novel and living with a novelist.

It was especially gratifying to be chosen from among such a stellar list of nominees. All the nominated novels are amazing. In particular, I was truly honored to be on this list with Thomas Perry’s The Old Man. Tom and his future wife Jo Perry were the editors for the first short story I ever published, in the UC Santa Barbara literary magazine. To have UNSUB nominated alongside his book means more than I can express.

And many thanks to Catriona McPherson for capturing my surprise.

Thriller Time: New York Times Book Review & Book Podcast

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I’m pretty excited — okay, very excited — to be included in the New York Times Book Review and Book Podcast this week. When I was in NYC for Thrillerfest, I was interviewed by Tina Jordan about writing thrillers. It’s a joy to be included in the podcast with Lee Child, Megan Abbott, Lisa Gardner, and Lisa Scottoline. Check it out:

Making a Killing: Top Thriller Writers Talk about Their Craft

And this weekend’s NYT Book Review includes Into the Black Nowhere in “It’s Thriller Time / Lights Out!”

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The Times says: “We’re hereby calling the next title trend: thrillers that stoke our fear of the dark with titles that play on words like ‘black’ or ‘night.'”

Yeah, pretty excited.

Question Time 2018: Ask Me Anything

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I’m home from the book tour for Into the Black Nowhere. While I clear my desk and finish the laundry and start writing UNSUB 3, why don’t you think of some questions to ask me? Leave them in the comments on this post.

And I’m editing the post to add: No spoilers!

Before you ask: I snapped the photo above at Interabang Books in Dallas when I spoke there on the tour. It’s a new independent bookstore and yes, I am in love with the place.

How a photo inspired Into the Black Nowhere

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In September 2016, as I was just beginning to flesh out ideas for the sequel to UNSUB, I attended Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention. I wrote a post about the photo above, which was taken during the weekend:

Where I get my ideas Part 6 Million: photos

My publisher threw a shindig at Bouchercon in New Orleans. When guests walked in, a Polaroid-style camera was available for everybody to use. This is roughly what happened when I found it.

Me: I love Polaroids! Okay, these are actually mini Fujifilm pics, but I love them!

The Husband: Sure. Whatever makes you happy. I’m just arm candy.

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[photo develops]

Me: Wow. Uh. It looks like something you’d find in a serial killer’s garage.

Journalist friend: And everyone asks, “Who are these people?”

And so my next novel is born. To all involved: Thanks.

(And yes, in the novel, when the cache of photos is found in the garage, the people in them won’t be wearing name tags. But I have to start somewhere.)
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Guess what? I took that joke, and the shiver that underlay it, and used the idea in the novel that became Into the Black Nowhere.

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The lesson: Everything is material. And if an idea worms its way under your skin, pay attention. You never know how, when, or where you might use it.

Back on the road for Into the Black Nowhere

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I’m hitting the road — or the skies — for Phoenix, heading to The Poisoned Pen for a talk and signing with Lisa Gardner. Yes, it’s going to be Gardiner Night at the bookstore. Also Gardner Night. Lisa and I will be discussing our new novels. Into the Black Nowhere, of course, and her terrific new thriller, Look for Me. It should be fun. Especially because people tend to get us confused. And after we swap clothes and IDs, like the twins in The Parent Trap, God knows what might happen. Hijinks. Thrills. Book sales.

Tuesday, February 6th, 7 p.m.
The Poisoned Pen

4014 N Goldwater Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 947-2974

The book tour so far has taken me around Texas and to Florida, where I snapped the photo above. Thanks to all the booksellers — at Book People in Austin, Interabang Books in Dallas, Murder by the Book in Houston, and Murder on the Beach in Delray Beach. Special thanks to every reader who turned up to buy books and talk with me. You’re the reason I do this.

If anybody’s still on the fence about picking up a copy of my new novel, here are further inducements:

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The New York Post named it one of the week’s Must-Read Books.

Bookreporter.com calls it “A blistering read… Into the Black Nowhere is relentless thriller writing at its finest.”

All of which make me extremely happy. Now I’m off. If you’re in Arizona, and have a chance to come by the Poisoned Pen, I’d love to see you.

Into the Black Nowhere: Listen to Stephen King

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My new novel, Into the Black Nowhere, was published yesterday. I’ve naturally been telling you to grab a copy. But don’t just take my word for it. Listen to Uncle Stevie.

To say I’m wildly happy is an understatement.

So, yeah. Stephen King calls the novel “Excellent.” He says: “Buy now, thank me later.”

Also:

The Associated Press calls it “Riveting.”

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel says the novel is a “robust character study mixed with an engrossing police procedural… Gardiner knows how to push the terrifying envelope.”

If you want a glimpse into how I wrote the novel, and how real events influence the fiction I write, I talked to Texas Monthly:

Meg Gardiner’s Dark Past: The Austin thriller writer explains her connections to the Golden State Killer and the Oklahoma City bombing—and how they found their way into her novels.

Austin Monthly also interviewed me: How Author Meg Gardiner Gets Into the Mind of a Killer

But really: Listen to Stephen King.

Into the Black Nowhere: Out today

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My new novel is published today in the USA: Into the Black Nowhere. It’s the sequel to UNSUB, and my fourteenth published novel. But I’m not kidding when I tell you that no matter how many books I write, I still get as excited as the first time any of my fiction was published. It’s a thrill. I’m beyond privileged to be able to write for a living.

Most of my work happens inside my own head, while sitting at my desk. But this book is a collaborative project. It wouldn’t reach bookstores, libraries, or mobile devices without the support of my publisher, Dutton — especially my editor, John Parsley, publisher Christine Ball, publicist Jamie Knapp, and everybody else at Penguin Random House. Or without the incredible support, advice, and encouragement of my agent, Shane Salerno, and his team at The Story Factory. Or without the constant support of the Husband, Paul Shreve. This novel is the best it can be because of these people. Thank you all.

And to my readers: You’re the reason I write. I hope you enjoy the novel. My gratitude is endless.

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