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May 2016

The Mail I Get – It’s About Time Edition

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It’s been a looonnnggg time since I opened up the mailbag and shared it on the blog. But I’ve been saving some of the best for you (or is it the worst?). Here’s are two recent queries I received: Would you ever consider working on a graphic novel?  I’m an illustrator that can work on spec.  I  […]

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May 2016

It’s a Good Idea to Own The Rights to a Book Before You Film It

Posted by / in Fanfic, In the Trades Today / 4 comments

Actor James Franco made big news in the Hollywood trades when he began pre-production on a movie adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s BLOOD MERIDIAN that he was slated to write & direct. He got Scott Rudin on board to produce, lined up IMGlobal to distribute the film, and managed to cast Russell Crowe and Vincent D’Onofrio, among others. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? Except…

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Apr 2016

Crime Writing Takes Center Stage at Book Festival

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I had a fantastic time last weekend at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, which is heaven for book lovers and especially crime fiction fans. There were tons of big-name crime writers (like Michael Connelly, James Patterson and Stuart Woods, among others) and literary novelists on hand (like T.C. Boyle, Joyce Carol Oates, etc) […]

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Apr 2016

A Field Trip to Australia and New Zealand

Posted by / in The Writing Life, The Writing Process / 4 comments

Nothing beats “boots on the ground” for researching locations for a book. I always pick up details that no guidebook, or Google Earth trawl, will turn up. Not only that, but I love to travel to new places…here or abroad. I just returned from a three week trip to Australia and New Zealand to research […]

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Feb 2016

Binge-Reading TV Books

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I love books about television shows, and occasionally movies, and after delivering the manuscript of my latest novel I binged on them. Here are some of the ones that stood out, for better or worse. Spinning Laughter: Profiles of 111 Proposed Comedy Spin-offs and Sequels that Never Became a Series by Richard Irvin I fell in love […]

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Sep 2015

Traveling the World for THE SCAM

Posted by / in The Scam / 6 comments

The Scam, the fourth book in the globetrotting adventures of conman Nick Fox and FBI agent Kate O’Hare, is out this week and the reviews have been terrific. The action takes place in Honolulu, Las Vegas, Hong Kong and Macau… and I traveled to all those locales to get the details right for the book. […]

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Aug 2015

The World in Color

Posted by / in Me Me Me, My Family / 4 comments

I’m red/green color blind. So is my brother Tod.

My sister sent us both an article about these new glasses by Enchroma, which supposedly correct for red/green colorblindness.

Naturally, I had to try it.

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Jul 2015

Unsold Television Pilots: Everything You Never Saw on TV

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I began writing it when I was nine years old. By the time I finished it, I was in my early twenties and was far enough along in my TV career that one of my filmed, unsold pilots actually became an entry in this book (If You Knew Sammy, a potential spin-off from Spenser: For Hire). I appreciated the irony. It somehow seemed fitting.

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