The Things That Scare Me 

The Things That Scare Me 

The Things That Scare Me  I get asked about going to dark places in my books. Or about my childhood, and what exactly happened to make me the way I am. More than a handful of people have assured me they’d love to buy my books, but they can’t handle anything scary (to which I […]

Six Reasons Near-History Creates Great Mystery

Six Reasons Near-History Creates Great Mystery The majority of contemporary thrillers are set in the present day. But there are valid reasons to forgo that convention and set the story in an earlier timeframe, such as near-history (roughly defined as the middle part of the twentieth century). A few advantages of near-history mystery: 1) Technology […]

British Crime Favorites: Spies, Inspectors, Historical Figures, Serial Killers, and People with Serious Issues!

British Crime Favorites: Spies, Inspectors, Historical Figures, Serial Killers, and People with Serious Issues!

British Crime Favorites: Spies, Inspectors, Historical Figures, Serial Killers, and People with Serious Issues!   British crime fiction can carry some weak connotations across the pond. I mean, the police there don’t even carry guns, and our last execution was in the same year that Ian Fleming died (he wasn’t the one hanged, I hasten […]

Genre Benders: 5 Books that Use Elements of Genre to Tell Big, Bold, Beautiful Human Stories

Genre Benders: 5 Books that Use Elements of Genre to Tell Big, Bold, Beautiful Human Stories   The literary world often draws a distinction between what is considered “genre” – plot-driven fiction that exists for the purpose of entertainment – and “literary” – character-driven fiction that exists to reflect our lives back to us in […]

How being a psychotherapist helped me become a better writer

How being a psychotherapist helped me become a better writer

How being a psychotherapist helped me become a better writer   I must admit, I’ve had an interesting career journey. For many years, I was a Hollywood screenwriter, after which I became a licensed psychotherapist specializing in treating creative types in the entertainment community. Now, after 28 years of listening to hundreds of people’s most […]

Ten Writings Tips From a Thriller Author

Ten Writings Tips From a Thriller Author

Ten Writings Tips From a Thriller Author I write legal thrillers and addition to writing thrillers, I read them. I’m a huge fan of the mystery/suspense/thriller genre, and my experience as a writer and reader has taught me the wisdom of some writing rules. #1: If you write a chapter that doesn’t advance the plot, […]

ten thrilling reads from history

Ten Thrilling Reads Drawn From History

Ten Thrilling Reads Drawn From History When I was a paperboy for Newsday on Long Island, I’d look through the change I collected on Saturdays for old coins. And they’d be in there—pennies or nickels that were older than my father. I’d hold them in my hand and I would think about my grandparents and […]

Nonfiction Authors Thriller Writers Should Read

Nonfiction Authors Thriller Writers Should Read

Nonfiction Authors Thriller Writers Should Read I write political thrillers and my books also tend to feature the large, complex, secretive institutions in Washington such as Congress, the Pentagon, CIA, FBI, and NSA, and because of this, I’ve had to do a fair amount of research on their operations, history, and machinations. Below is a […]