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When I wrote my eighth thriller, ‘Inside Out,’ in 2009, the villains were a group of CIA and other government officials who colluded to destroy…
What I care about is readers because without readers I can’t make a living… And I think it’s a bad thing for the world if…
The strangest thing about the low quality of Internet argument is that effective argument isn’t really so difficult. Sure, not everyone can be Clarence Darrow,…
The job of the screenplay is to identify and extract the essence of the story from the novel and reconfigure it for the screen, maintaining…
The fundamental difficulty that most novelists face when they are trying to adapt their own book into a screenplay is realizing that a screenplay is…
Paper publishers are doing everything they can to slow the transition to eBooks because, in a digital world, paper publishers’ high hardback margins essentially disappear.
Overall, one of the things that excites me most about self-publishing is that the highest-value use of my time in promoting the books will be…
It would be awesome to be so impressive that we could sway people to our way of thinking just by declaiming our thoughts, but probably…
I’m not sure why I’m so drawn to heroes who do bad things and to villains who think they’re the good guys, but I do…
I was with the CIA for only three years. I worked in the Directorate of Operations, which is now called the National Clandestine Service. It’s…
I want to position my books as premium-priced versions on the reasonably-priced scale, if that makes sense, to find a sweet spot between the high-end…
I make a good living selling hardback books through paper publishers, and I have many friends in the industry who will suffer as it changes,…
I have a long-standing interest in what I like to think of as ‘forbidden knowledge:’ methods of unarmed killing, lock picking, breaking and entry, spy…
I can understand the allure of a venerable Big Six imprint, of a shot at the New York Times list, of a publisher-sponsored book tour,…
Action fiction is driven more by what than by who. Put that ticking nuclear suitcase under Manhattan, and it’s relatively easy to create suspense. Literary…
When I think of a story, somehow it just always seems to come out involving spooks and spies and government skullduggery.
There’s an awful lot of corruption in Japanese business and politics, corruption of the sort that can make for great setting for a spy story.
The post office actually achieves its mission. I wish we could say the same of the CIA.
The National Surveillance State doesn’t want anyone to be able to communicate without the authorities being able to monitor that communication.
If the reader cares, I don’t think it matters so much whether your hero is in fact an anti-hero.
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