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Some authors set down detailed and scrupulous outlines of their novels before they write a single word. The case can be made that this is a good idea but I … Read More
Some years ago, at a mystery convention called Bouchercon, I was asked to comment on what I liked best about writing novels. I didn’t really think about my answer; it … Read More
It had always been my dream to be a published novelist; so when I graduated college in 1972, I set out, with great determination and complete naivete, to become one, … Read More
It has long been a point of pride with me that the Wall Street Journal hated this book. Their commentator attacked it with gusto; but the attack had nothing to … Read More
Hairstyles change. Gizmos come and go. But what about the essential things—things like human nature? I’m not so sure the basics really change at all. I thought about this the … Read More
Back in 1983, when I was the Ethics columnist at Esquire, I got a call one day from an editor at the estimable publishing house then known as Harper & … Read More
Preface to the 2012 Edition The Big Time was my first non-fiction book; originally published in 1986, it sold better than I thought it would and garnered a good deal … Read More