New York Times Bestselling Author Ted Bell Discusses His Latest Thriller Tsar
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Read more.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. Is that really as fast as you can write?
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. Huckleberry Finn, War & Peace, any Wodehouse anytime.
Q. What was/is your favorite job?
A. Spy novelist.
April 23, 2015I fell in love with Elmore Leonard a long, long time ago. First one I
read was STICK. It took me a while to realize that I was reading nothing
BUT dialogue. No exposition, no weather, no character descriptions,
nada. And, not only that, it seemed alive on the page because, not only
was it hysterical, but it was eerily real. And you understood everything
you needed to know about story, the characters, the plot, everything,
by listening to people talk to each other. I decided then that if I ever did write a novel, I would take Elmore as my dialogue coach.
February 05, 2015Whoa, slow down history. Everytime I think I 've got the jump on you,
you pull a fast one. Take Putin. I thought it couldn't get any worse and said so in my new novel, PATRIOT. I turn around and wham, you've shot down one of your own passenger planes. I mean, seriously, Vlad?