My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. It can still be better
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. Probably "dude" and "you've gotta be kidding me."
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Joe Bloggs
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. Too many to mention.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. The captain of the Titanic.
"Turn, turn, turn."
July 14, 2010Ask any author and they’ll tell you that protagonists are the heart and soul of every novel. Even more so if they’re writing a series. Your protagonist is, without a doubt, the reason your readers will keep coming back for more.
They say that if you can get readers to identify, or even fall in love with your main character, then you’ll have a fan for life – or at least until the end of the series. The publishing world is overflowing with such examples – Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, Jack Reacher, Kay Scarpetta and many more. The question is: How do you do that? How do you write a character that readers... see more
March 04, 2010Readers frequently fall in love with a character and want to know more about him or her, and I can say that’s the same for authors.
Not long ago an interviewer asked me – “I know Robert Hunter is a criminal behavior psychologist turned detective for the Robbery Homicide Division of the LAPD, but who really is Robert Hunter?”
One of the real pleasures of writing a series is the ability to see the characters grow and change over a period of time, to get to know them in a multitude of situations. That’s exactly what’s happening to me concerning Robert Hunter. Though at the time of writing this piece... see more
February 15, 2010Since the publication of my debut novel – The Crucifix Killer – I’ve been asked many times about the process of writing a thriller. ‘How did you go about it? How long did it take you? What tips do you have for new writers? Are there any rules you think one should follow?’ I’ll try my best to answer these questions here without boring everyone to death.
The truth is that I never planned to write a book. I wasn’t planning on a career in writing and I wasn’t thinking of stories I wanted to write down. One day, out of the blue, I thought of a plot for a crazy... see more