I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Dennis Lehane for his latest novel, Live By Night. The unfortunate aspect of morning TV news is that there never seems to be enough time when you’re having an engaging conversation. None-the-less, it was a few good minutes with the best-selling author. Take a listen. Dennis Lehane Interview
My wife came home from work today and asked why I seemed to be in the dumps. My lack of enthusiastic communication centered around a tweet this afternoon from author Brad Thor: “Please keep Vince Flynn and his family in your prayers.” It was followed by a link to Vince’s website where he chillingly discussed his on-going battle with prostate cancer. I consider Vince a friend so this hurts to see him
I’m trying not to break a writer’s rule of thumb. Patience. It’s part of the job description. I know it hasn’t been two months yet since my agent began sending my debut thriller on its maiden voyage to editors. I realize much like getting an agent, only one editor has to say “yes” to further my dreams. So I try to put it behind me at the end of each day as I rest my head on the pil
The manuscript is out there, seeking a publisher with all the force a 93-thousand word thriller can muster. It’s only been a short while, but every time the phone rings at home, the hairs on the back of my neck rise a little. Could this be the call? Damn! It’s just AT&T wanting me to upgrade my service or some other annoyance that I don’t care to hear from. I want to scream into the handset, ‘Don’t you know I’m
I’m proud to say Brad Meltzer has become a cherished friend. You just want to rub that smooth dome of his, hoping that some of the knowledge locked inside will transfer. His latest thriller, The Inner Circle, surprise, surprise, is on the New York Times bestseller list. If you haven’t discovered by now, Brad is also a social networking addict. He’s crossed the line! He tweets constantly on his Blackberry. He was exer
Ah, a new year. Smells like opportunity. Agents are refreshed, ready to devour query letters and publishers are awaiting the next big thing. What you have to be saying at this point is, “Why not me!” Surely during the holidays you didn’t just sit around feeding your face. Surely you spent some valuable time writing, plotting, touching up your manuscript. Is that query letter the best it can be? Have you done your hom
I believe in taking some time off. Refueling. Sinking your toes in the sand. But 7 years! Has Tom Clancy been in witness protection? Has it taken this long to count all his money? Talk about the sum of all successes. Ah, silly stuff to ponder. The only important thing to grasp is that on Dec. 7, Clancy’s first offering since 2003′s Teeth Of The Tiger, comes out. I haven’t been given an advance title of Dead Or Alive
No more queries for this couch potato! Well, the couch is actually a chair in the man cave, seemingly chained to a desk and computer. Something magical happened on Tuesday, November 16. A long process of getting someone to believe in my 92 thousand word espionage thriller payed off. I now have a literary agent! Thank you Kate Folkers of the Martin Literary Management Agency. Is it coincidence that a Field Of Dreams i
Best-selling thriller writer David Baldacci has bested me again. In releasing Hell’s Corner today, he now has 20 published books to my 0!!! Whew, I’ve got some catching up to do in the second half! In the meantime, I spent a few good minutes with David this morning discussing his latest release, where he writes and how he combats writer’s block.
The career journalist has crafted an eclectic experience in broadcasting from the exotic tropics of the Virgin Islands to the cosmopolitan capital streets of Washington, D.C., but Alan Lee’s heart belongs to his beloved hometown of Chicago. Alan began his award-winning Journalism career at the acclaimed Purdue University newspaper...