BEHIND THE BOOK by Gary McPherson

Starting my writing career later in my life, I could easily point to a plethora of influences throughout my past that ultimately helped mold me into the writer I am today. However, I can point to five musical influences that motivated me to write JOSHUA AND THE SHADOW OF DEATH as well as the Berserker Series. The song “Monster,” by Skillet on the “Awake” album, has always been a favorite of mine. The song is such a metaphor for many internal and external struggles. It represents internal conflict and our desire to overcome the worst of our desires that lay hidden inside. As I came up with the Berserker Series, and as I worked to view Harold...

BEHIND THE BOOK – TERRENCE McCAULEY Sep28

BEHIND THE BOOK – TERRENCE McCAULEY

Writing Thrillers and Westerns:  If It’s Good Enough for Elmore Leonard, It’s Good Enough for Me   ‘Does anyone read Westerns anymore?’   ‘Why would you waste your time writing one of those? They’re so boring and predictable, not to mention racist.’   Those are only some of the questions I fielded after I told people I had the good fortune of striking a two-book deal with Kensington for a new western series. WHERE THE BULLETS FLY was published in September 2018 and the sequel, DARK TERRITORY, will be coming out in 2019. Both stories feature Sheriff Aaron Mackey and Deputy Billy Sunday as they attempt to keep the peace in the...

BEHIND THE BOOK: David Corbett

Something More Than a MacGuffin Transforming Doc Holliday’s love letters into a Hitchcockian trope helped fulfill a lifelong ambition to bring those letters to life Long before I had any idea a concept like “antihero” existed, I found everything about Doc Holliday fascinating. Whether I encountered him in film, TV, or the books I devoured about the disappearing frontier, it was obvious he possessed a unique place in the national imagination. He not only epitomized the American West’s “Good bad man,” that iconic frontier Frankenstein constructed of part bitter war veteran, part desperado—a haunted loner clinging to the last scraps of his...

BEHIND THE BOOK: NICK KOLAKOWSKI

  In my new novel, BOISE LONGPIG HUNTING CLUB, one of my protagonists is an arms dealer; the other is a bounty hunter. The narrative features a lot of guns, to say the least. When researching a new novel, I like as much firsthand experience as possible with whatever my main characters do. In the case of this work, however, the featured weapons far exceeded what you’d find on a typical range—one character uses a rocket launcher, for example. For my descriptions of this kind of heavy-duty firepower, I relied on friends with the right background, all of whom were only too happy to point out where I was being unnecessarily cinematic in my...

BEHIND THE BOOK – Fiction in the 1930’...

There are several different ways an author can approach writing a story set in another time period. They can do a lot of research on the time in order to get the historical details accurate. That’s an important part of the process because the same type of reader attracted to historical fiction will most likely know quite a bit about the era in which your story is set and won’t be shy about pointing out inaccuracies in their reviews.  But data on details and events can only get a writer so far. After all, you’re writing a novel, not a history book. It’s up to the writer to do more than just the details right. Tone is equally important, as is...