Karen Dionne's Blog (34)

THE KILLING novel nominated for a Scribe Award!

I’m thrilled to announce that my tie-in novel, THE KILLING: UNCOMMON DENOMINATOR, has been nominated for a 2015 Scribe Award, the awards by which the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers acknowledge “excellence in this very competitive field.”

IAMTW’s Scribe Awards honor licensed works that tie in with…


Added by Karen Dionne on May 19, 2015 at 11:00pm — No Comments


Happy pub day to me! My original novel based on the television series The Killing publishes today! 

When firefighters respond to a suspected meth explosion at a trailer park, they discover a man’s body in a neighboring trailer, unburned but with terrible head wounds. The meth cooker lies in critical condition, and undercover narcotics officer Stephen…


Added by Karen Dionne on June 24, 2014 at 10:34pm — No Comments

BOILING POINT just .99 thru 11/16! Click one of the links below to grab your copy, and have a blast reading!

“Fans of the late Michael Crichton will enjoy Dionne’s exciting second ecothriller . . . Crisp writing keeps the pace fast, and the tight interweaving of story lines bodes well for this author’s future efforts.” — Publishers Weekly…


Added by Karen Dionne on November 14, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

6 FREE killer thrillers from award-winning, best-selling, internationally published authors!

"Killer Thrillers" is an authors collective of 24 award-winning, best-selling, internationally published authors. 6 of our titles are free today through Friday (2/20-22)

Download one, or grab them all! Killer Thrillers are guaranteed great reads! http://tinyurl.com/af4xf69

Freezing Point by Karen Dionne

Lucidity by CJ Lyons

Switch by Grant McKenzie

A Fine and Dangerous Season by Keith Raffel

Breaking Cover by JD…


Added by Karen Dionne on February 21, 2013 at 9:11am — No Comments

Faith and a Box Full of Clock Parts

Thrilled to see my guest essay on writers keeping the faith despite self-doubt on Psychology Today! Here's an excerpt:

"I’m ten years old. My Big Ben-style alarm clock has stopped working. Maybe I wound it too tightly, maybe it’s just worn out. Whatever the reason, the alarm hasn’t gone off in days.

I know I can fix it, if only I can get a look inside. When I tell my …


Added by Karen Dionne on January 30, 2013 at 12:04am — No Comments

My article "Weaving a Seamless Backstory" is in the January Writer's Digest!

The January issue of Writers Digest Magazine with my article on backstory is finally here! You can order the issue online, or pick it up starting today at your favorite bookstore. If you get a chance to read my article, I'd love to know what you think!



Added by Karen Dionne on November 28, 2012 at 10:07am — 3 Comments

I'm in "The News"!

The Detroit News, that is. If you're in Michigan, check out today's print edition. If not, you can read the story online: "Plucky Writer Not Afraid of U.P. Winters or Active Volcano." Fun!

Added by Karen Dionne on January 10, 2011 at 10:46pm — 5 Comments

BOILING POINT - Now available in print, e-book, or audio from Audible.com!

My new novel is in bookstores at last! "Fans of the late Michael Crichton will enjoy Dionne's exciting second ecothriller . . . Crisp writing keeps the pace fast, and the tight interweaving of story lines bodes well for this author's future efforts." — … Continue

Added by Karen Dionne on December 31, 2010 at 5:23am — No Comments

BOILING POINT gets a great Publishers Weekly review!

"Fans of the late Michael Crichton will enjoy Dionne's…


Added by Karen Dionne on November 6, 2010 at 4:05am — No Comments

2011 Guide to Literary Agents - and me!

Next time you're in a bookstore, check out my personal essay about my road to publication in Writer's Digest's "2011 Guide to Literary Agents." They did a beautiful job with the layout, and wow! What a great advertisement for Freezing Point!…


Added by Karen Dionne on August 21, 2010 at 1:00am — 4 Comments

Czech author copies!

Here's something fun - my author copies of Freezing Point finally arrived from the Czech Republic! What I want to know is, who's that "Jeffu Kleinmanovi" guy mentioned in my acknowledgements?…


Added by Karen Dionne on August 3, 2010 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

German cover!

At last, I'm published in Germany! So fun. Love the "energy in an ice cube" cover!

I know Sebastian Fitzek, a bestselling German thriller author, gave me a nice blurb, and I think that's it at the bottom of the cover. Wish I could read…

Added by Karen Dionne on April 21, 2010 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

FREEZING POINT now available in audio!

Wow, this is so utterly cool! Not only has FREEZING POINT just been released in audio at Audible.com, they're featuring it on their home page! Audible bought the audio rights to FREEZING POINT last fall as part of their "Breakout Thriller" program, where established authors recommend new ones. You can read what James Rollins has to say about my… Continue

Added by Karen Dionne on March 18, 2010 at 12:30am — No Comments

Fact into Fiction

by Karen Dionne

Details, details. You need them to make your story believable, but too many can drag your plot to a halt. Here's how to strike that just-right balance of fact in your fiction.

That's the introduction to my article "Fact Into… Continue

Added by Karen Dionne on December 20, 2009 at 8:50am — No Comments

Who is that woman, and why is she smiling?

That would be me! And I'm smiling because I'm the new Managing Editor of the International Thriller Writers' webzine and newsletter THE BIG THRILL. Very happy to be in a position to give back to an organization that's done so much for me.

If you've never been to the website, be sure to check it out. And if you… Continue

Added by Karen Dionne on November 14, 2009 at 4:30am — 4 Comments

Backspace in Writer's Digest Magazine!

The writers organization I co-founded five years ago is one of four online writers' sites featured in the October Writer's Digest magazine with a full-page interview with me and my partner. Details on the Backspace blog. Exciting!

Added by Karen Dionne on September 15, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

Looking for an agent?

If so, check out the Backspace Agent-Author Seminar, November 5 & 6, in New York City - two days of panels, workshops, and small-group meetings with ONLY literary agents on the program - Janet Reid, Colleen Lindsay, Paige Wheeler, Scott Hoffman, Jeff Kleinman, Holly Root, Miriam Kriss, and many more - over 20 in all.

Registration is limited to 120. Early registration discount through September 15. More… Continue

Added by Karen Dionne on August 16, 2009 at 4:36am — No Comments

German AND Czech rights sold!

It's official! I just got the word from my publisher that their foreign rights department sold the rights to FREEZING POINT to Droemer Knauer in Germany and to the Czech Republic, whoo-hoo! The German edition will be paperback, and the Czech will be hardcover. These are my first foreign rights sales. Really, REALLY happy and excited!

Added by Karen Dionne on July 20, 2009 at 7:30am — 4 Comments


To celebrate the sale of my second environmental thriller to Berkley, I'm running a contest. Prizes include a boxed set of the BBC's Planet Earth series on DVD. Check it out: http://boilingpoint-thenovel.blogspot.com/


Karen Dionne

FREEZING POINT (October 2008, Berkley)
BOILING POINT (coming October 2010, Berkley)

Added by Karen Dionne on March 24, 2009 at 1:19pm — No Comments

Book Two!

I'm very pleased to announce there will be a follow up book to my debut environmental thriller FREEZING POINT. Here's the Publishers Marketplace announcement:

March 15, 2009

Fiction: Thriller -

Author of Freezing Point, Karen Dionne's BOILING POINT, her second environmental thriller, in which an erupting volcano, a missing researcher, and a scheme to bring a permanent end to global warming collide, again to Natalee Rosenstein at Berkley, by Jeff Kleinman at… Continue

Added by Karen Dionne on March 17, 2009 at 4:00am — No Comments

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