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Exclusive Interview with Wilbur SmithExclusive Interview with Wilbur Smith

Exclusive Interview with Wilbur Smith Your books have sold a collective 130 million copies worldwide. What is the secret to writing a book that readers from any culture can enjoy? I believe good adventure writing is choosing persons or characters who are from real life and then embroidering them a bit more to make them […]


Writing Tip #1: Talk to Real People

Writing Tip #1: Talk to Real People As someone who has been writing police procedurals on the page and on the screen for more than thirty years, I take research for my books and TV shows very seriously. There simply is no better way to draw your characters than by talking to real people about […]


BOOK OF THE WEEK: THE CHALK MAN By C.J. Tudor

BOOK OF THE WEEK: THE CHALK MAN By C.J. Tudor New York: Crown, 2018. $27.00 C.J. Tudor is something of a Renaissance woman. Before circumstances enabled her to write full-time, she dabbled in professions that included copywriter, television host, voice-over artist, and professional dog walker. Despite whatever creative inspirations may have come from those jobs, […]


REVIEW OF THE WEEK: SLEEP NO MORE:  Six Murderous Tales By P.D. James

REVIEW OF THE WEEK: SLEEP NO MORE:  Six Murderous Tales By P.D. James New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2017, $21.00 The venerable P.D. James died in 2014.  In 2016, The Mistletoe Murder and other stories (a total of four) was released.  Now there are these six unsettling tales of mischief, mayhem, and murder.  The stories […]


Rules for Aspiring Techno-Thriller Writers…

Rules for Aspiring Techno-Thriller Writers:   I’ve been asked several times for advice to new writers. I started making a list, and it’s gotten a lot longer than I expected. These are all things I’ve learned since I got into the business. Some were as Tom Clancy’s co-author (apprentice); others were after I struck out […]


My Obsession With Missing Persons

My Obsession With Missing Persons My mother read me Miss Nelson is Missing! before I achieved literacy. The story is about a good, sweet, conventionally pretty teacher whom the children she teaches all take for granted. Then she goes missing and a cruel, ugly substitute teacher named Viola Swamp shows the children how easy they […]


Those With Badges and Those Without Badges: Five Characters You Should Know More About…

Those With Badges and Those Without Badges: Five Characters You Should Know More About…   Broadly speaking, there are two kinds of heroes in crime fiction: those who have badges and those who don’t. The inhabitants of the first category—cops, spies, prosecutors–have power, resources and information bestowed on them by the government. The state authorizes […]


The World of Small-Town PolicingThe World of Small-Town Policing

The World of Small-Town Policing I’m a rabid fan of crime fiction, especially hard-boiled procedurals. Back in the ’70s, I cut my literary teeth on Joe Wambaugh and Elmore Leonard.  These days my favorites include Mike Connelly, Don Winslow, Tami Hoag, and T. Jefferson Parker. Each of them is known for procedural detail and characters […]


Don’t Let The Palm Trees Fool you…Ten of the best Hollywood Crime Novels…

Don’t Let The Palm Trees Fool you…Ten of the best Hollywood Crime Novels… GET SHORTY by Elmore Leonard Take a Miami wise guy and drop him into Hollywood development hell. Not only does Chili Palmer raise hell, but he finds traction wheeling and dealing with Hollywood players. It is all not much different from his […]


The Hardest Trick of Them All... Creating characters readers love to care about.The Hardest Trick of Them All… Creating characters readers love to care about.

The Hardest Trick of Them All… Creating characters readers love to care about.   Have you ever finished a book and immediately regretted that you were done? That you wish you hadn’t read so fast and could open the pages once more and there would magically be another chapter you didn’t realize was there? An […]


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