Author Work Spaces: Joseph Finder Jul23

Author Work Spaces: Joseph Finder

  JOSEPH FINDER is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve previous novels, including The Fixer, Suspicion, Vanished, and Buried Secrets. Finder’s international bestseller Killer Instinct won the International Thriller Writers’s Thriller Award for Best Novel of 2006. Other bestselling titles include Paranoia and High Crimes, which both became major motion pictures.  His latest, GUILTY MINDS, came out on July 19th. He i a founding member of the International Thriller Writers Association, is active in the Boston Book Festival, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Association of Former Intelligence Officers and lives in...

Author Workspace: Jonathan Stone Jul09

Author Workspace: Jonathan Stone

AUTHOR WORKSPACE: JONATHAN STONE Here it is. In all its glorious discomfort, annoyance, and frustration, though supreme reliability. My regular seat on the 8:01 from Talmadge Hill to Manhattan. It’s an hour and four minute commute in to New York in the morning, and the same back out at the end of the day. I’ve written seven novels here, and I can hardly believe it myself. In truth, my “regular” seat has moved around a little. When I started writing on the train, in 1998, laptops were comparatively big and clumsy, and I had to sit in the seats that face each other at either end of the train car so my laptop wouldn’t bump against the seat in...

OUTLAWS AND BIG BUSINESS, THE ENDURING NATURE OF T...

In early American literature, the frontier assumed a key importance as both a motif of the early pioneering days of a new country and a means of exploring law and morality. From Fenimore Cooper to Melville, with his use of the microcosm of early American society in the Pequod and Ahab’s mad quest on the frontier of the oceans, from Mark Twain to Cormac McCarthy, whose use of the theme shows that America is still anchored to the Wild West, the frontier features again and again in various settings. One thing that is prevalent is the fact that the idea of the frontier and the Virgin Land lingers in the American psyche like a facet of the great...

Author Work Space: John Beyer Jun25

Author Work Space: John Beyer

‘A writer’s workspace must be large enough to accommodate those things which will inspire the writer to write. A room large enough to host guests to discuss world events – room enough for a glass of sherry and perhaps a quartet singing a new song. Stop – okay, a reality check – a desk, a keyboard, a pen and pad of paper, are all a writer needs. Inspiration does not need anything more than imagination – my study is eclectic from the travels my wife and I have done through the years. Sometimes it is messy and sometimes neat – but always – always – I remember the purpose of my study and that is to write.’ John Beyer Former...

This Date In Crime: DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS

On this Date, in 1990, Norton published DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS by Walter Mosley. The novel introduced the world to Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins, a WW II vet turned PI. In the early books, Rawlins was simply looking to pay his mortgage. As the series went on, Mosley brought Rawlins  from post-WW II L.A to the Red Scare and eventually to the revolutionary movement in the late 60s. The novel was well-received and won the Shamus Award (Presented by the Private Eye Writers of America) for Best First Novel. But it was not until then presidential candidate Bill Clinton declared Mosley one of his favorite authors. In 1995, Oscar-winner Denzil...

Author Work Spaces: Joe Hart May21

Author Work Spaces: Joe Hart

My workspace. Love being able to look out either of my windows and see the trees, very inspiring and calming. Another shot of my desk and chair.   The wall behind where I sit has this awesome cloth tapestry of the desert and a stormy sky. I love storms, so whenever I get stuck on a particular scene I’ll just spin around and get lost in the picture. Below it is my futon in case the writing wears me out too much and I have to take a nap. The door to my office and two prints of my very favorite monsters. The view outside my window. As soon as summer hits the leaves completely enclose our yard and it’s like a small sanctuary....