Oooh La La

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It’s a given that aspiring authors have, at one time or the other, imagined the Big Interview they might have with Barbara Walters or Oprah after they become rich and famous. It always reminds me of that scene from The Commitments when Jimmy Rabbitte, in the bathtub, keeps tossing questions at himself a-la some Rolling Stone reporter, asking about how the band got its start and all the dirty details along the way.

Admittedly, I’ve done it a few times ...

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Writers Behaving Badly

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Since I come from a journalism background, I spent a lot of years getting pounded with warnings about plagiarism. It was, at least at the time, considered the cardinal sin of writing, one which would brand a scarlet “P” on your shirt and get your fanny tossed out of college without so much as a backward glance.

Flash forward a few years, and my how things have changed. The latest rage comes over the story of Kaavya Viswanathan, that ...

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Moving Pictures

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Last October, I was giving a speech at the St. Pete Times Festival of Reading when a person in the audience asked, “What is it that writers want the most?”

“That’s easy,” I replied. “Writers will tell you all they want is respect for their work. What they really want, though, is a movie deal.”

Well, I’m happy to announce that nearly a year after HAMMERJACK hit the book shelves, my tireless agents ...

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Back in Black

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Man, more than four weeks without a post.  I know, that was pretty derelict of me–but I have excuses, I swear!  The trouble all started at work, when a brand new server (whose maker shall remain nameless, but I’ll give you a hint:  it rhymes with “hell”) went belly up after only six weeks in operation.  It wouldn’t have been so bad, except that said server happened to be hosting Microsoft Exhchange at the time.

As I work for a law ...

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You’re Busted

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I’ve never been a big fan of modern memoirs. These days, it seems that most of what populates the nonfiction bestseller lists veers toward the treacly or the titillating–pop-culture confessionals that celebrate victimhood as virtue or parade the worst kind of bad taste. Honestly, why would anyone plunk down their hard-earned cash to delve into Paris Hilton’s sex life? Well, obviously there’s a market for it, otherwise publishers wouldn’t be offering handsome advances for these tell-all books.

Don’t ...

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Eye Candy

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Looks like Stephen Youll, sci-fi artist extraordinaire, has been working overtime. So without further ado, please allow me to present his cover art for PRODIGAL!

I’m definitely sensing an Underworld vibe here…

Personally, I love it. The color scheme really grabs your attention, especially those deep red hues on the city skyline. So does the slinky babe–which, based on her attire and appearance, can only be Avalon. Bad guys (and girls, ...

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