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Apr 2014

One Reason Why I Write

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There are lots of reasons why I write mystery novels and thrillers… To entertain myself. To make a living. To tell a story. But sometimes it’s not easy to put my butt in the chair and write. But then I come across a Goodreads blogpost like the one from author Richard Wheeler…and it’s a big [...]

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15

Apr 2014

The USA’s best thriller books from 2013 – 3 brand new crime classics

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Here’s a guest post from my friend Kate Goldstone, a big fan in the UK of crime shows, crime novels and everything noir, talking about the amazing year 2013 was for mystery thriller books.  Do you agree with her? I’d be interested to know your recommendations, so leave a comment… What a year 2013 was [...]

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Apr 2014

The Mail I Get Rerun – I Don’t Want to Find You an Agent

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Here’s a golden oldie from a few years back… I got an email today from a guy who says he’s been writing scripts and entering competitions for the last five years, ever since he got his MFA from York Univeristy in Toronto.  He can’t get seem to get any “reputable agents” to read his work. [...]

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10

Apr 2014

The Mail I Get Rerun – Stop Looking for a Short Cut

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Here’s a golden oldie from yesteryear’s mailbag.. I received a polite email from a guy on the East Coast who says he has a great idea for an episodic legal drama: Though I spend a great deal of my time developing and selling creative concepts (for direct marketing applications), I’m not a script writer.  I’m [...]

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10

Apr 2014

Talking About Me

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As if you don’t get enough of me right here, there are two Q&A interviews with me on other blogs today. My good friend, the Emmy-winning TV writer Phoef Sutton, grills me on his blog. You may not have heard about this, but like me, he’s writing a series of books with Janet Evanovich. I [...]

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06

Apr 2014

The Ten Best TV Main Title Sequences of All Time

Posted by / in Main Titles / 23 comments

I love main title sequences, so coming up with a list of the 10 Best TV Main Title Sequences of All-Time was no easy feat. But here goes, in no particular order: Hawaii Five-O Mission Impossible Game of Thrones Mary Tyler Moore Show Star Trek Gilligan’s Island The Avengers The Twilight Zone Law & Order [...]

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06

Apr 2014

Scribe Award Nominees Announced

Posted by / in IAMTW / 3 comments

The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers (www.iamtw.org) has announced the nominees for the 2014 Scribe Awards, recognizing the excellence in the field of media tie-in writing… the best thriller novels, mystery novels and science fiction novels based on movies, TV shows and games. The winners will be announced, and awards presented, in July at [...]

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04

Apr 2014

The Mail I Get – Career Advice Edition

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I get lots and lots of questions asking for career advice from readers. Here are a few that came in recently. Q: Wanted to ping you for some advice, if you don’t mind.  I think I’m ready to live by my pen/keyboard starting this summer. My house is already paid off, I’ll have about a [...]

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Mar 2014

The Mail I Get

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I get variations on this question every day from writers eager to write tie-ins based on TV shows. Here’s one that came in this morning:  I have recently purchased your book “Tied In” in order to learn more about the fascinating world of tie-in novelization. I’m a writer myself, having published, to date, one novel [...]

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Feb 2014

A Birthday Surprise

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Got a great birthday present today… my first copy of THE CHASE arrived in the mail. But the big birthday surprise was the fine print on the cover. I crapped myself when I saw that. I’ve dreamed my whole life of seeing that fine print by my name on the cover of a book. The [...]

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