Thursday, December 19, 2013

Authors on the Air - Book of the Year!

It was a genuine honor to learn SPIDER'S DANCE was one of the nominees for Book of the Year - 2013 by Authors on the Air Network!

The other nine nominees were:

Fire of the Prophet, Earl Merkel
Going Dark, James Hall
W is for Wasted, Sue Grafton
The Stone of David, Matt Doss
Sanctus, The Key & The Tower, Simon Toyne
The Survivor's Club, J Carson Black
Takedown, Brett Battles/Robert Gregory Browne
The Perfect Mortals, Reece Bridger
Lucky Bastard, Deborah Coonts.

Congratulations to Simon Toyne, author of 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Murders, Mysteries, and Mayhem!

Stephen Campbell interviewed me for his terrific show, MURDERS, MYSTERIES, AND MAYHEM

Air Date: 12/16/2013 at 1:00 CST! Come on over and join us! We talk about everything from Computer Forensics to my personal writing process to The Saint!

Here is the link:

Monday, December 9, 2013

The Writing Process Holiday 2013 Blog Hop!

Holiday 2013 Blog Ho
(J. Carson Black made me do this!)

What I’m working on…
The current WIP is titled VEGAS KNIGHTS. A mystery/thriller set in 1959 Las Vegas, it has two heroes (which is a little different for me) investigating the suicide of a reclusive millionaire. Along the way, some very unusual things are discovered.

How does my work differ from others in the genre?
That is a good question! I try to create unusual characters, different in the genre. In SPIDER’S DANCE, as an example, the hero is a computer expert instead of the usual private investigator, ex-cop, former Special Forces hero that thrillers are known for.

Why do I write the things I do?
I write the kind of books I myself like to read. I grew up reading Ian Fleming, Leslie Charteris, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Mysteries, adventures, thrillers; I always had my nose in a book! 

How my writing process works.
Like most writers, I start by playing the old game of ‘What if?’ What if an oilrig explosion was a deliberate act with global implications? What if a benevolent doctor was not what he appeared to be? What if a former cop turned mystery writer was forced to confront the serial killer he thought he killed years ago?

Then comes character development. I always ‘cast’ my characters – using photos of movie or television stars (not necessarily the ones I would wish to see in an adaptation of one of my books, but someone who fits the characters as I see them) -  and that can take some time. One character in particular took a very long time before I saw a photo of the ‘right’ look I wanted for her.

Being a fanatical Scrivener for Mac user, I can build character profiles into the story file itself. Sometimes a bit of music is attached, something the character would listen to. Having a photo of the character and a sound byte can help energize the writing sometimes.

I don’t outline in the traditional way. I make a list of at least ten things I want to happen in the story, and it goes from there. Part of the fun of all this is finding out what happens and how along the way. I know other writers work from detailed outlines, others sit down and start typing, but the Ten Action Point System (as I call it) seems to work best for me. I have recently started using a program called Scapple for storyboarding, and it seems to be working for me.

Once all that is done, then it is just a matter of getting the words down.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

"Lucky" Spider!

"Amazing writing! [Your] craft is fabulous, the characters leap off the page, [and your] pacing is spot-on!" - Deborah Coonts, author of the "Lucky O'Toole Las Vegas Adventure" Series.

Saturday, June 29, 2013


Ummm..... almost $300.00 for a copy of STREET HEAT?

Wow. I wonder what a signed copy would go for? I could make that happen.....

Saturday, June 1, 2013

The Year So Far!

Thanks to Pam Stack and her program "Authors on the Air", a new reader - James Ewen - had this to say about SPIDER'S DANCE: "This superbly researched suspense novel has a wide spectrum of complex characters, has a multi-layered yet coherent plot and is strongly written, literally right up to the last word. So strongly written, in fact, that I half expected my Coast Guard Daughter to make an appearance at the spill site. Spider's Dance is right up there with the best books I've read this decade!"
2013 has seen the release of a new short story. "It evokes the 1960s Bond/UNCLE/"Secret Agent"/"I Spy" era beautifully; not an easy task in such a short space." - Raymond Benson. Yes, I rather like that comment!

It's hard to believe an entire year has gone by since this was in Publishers Weekly"There are familiar characters....and new ones readers are sure to want to see more of, like William Simon’s Nicholas White (“Spider’s Tango”)

To say childhood heroes still exist would be an understatement, to put it mildly. 2013 also saw another dream come true: I was invited to write an introduction for one of the new Mulholland reprints of The Saint novels by Leslie Charteris:

Speaking of The Saint, I was incredibly flattered to receive this email from a reader regarding SOMETIMES, THERE REALLY ARE MONSTERS UNDER THE BED:

"I noticed at the ending, [your hero] was described as [having] a "halo" of light surrounding him, and in my opinion the ending was very much the way Simon Templar - The Saint - by Leslie Charteris might have handled the situation."

To say my Writerly Ego blew all out of proportion for a few minutes would be an understatement, to put it mildly....:)

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Coming Soon:
(Cover subject to change)

1959 Las Vegas. A city in its infancy, ripe for greed, crime, and corruption.

A casino manager and a State Investigator probe the alleged suicide of a mysterious billionaire.

Add in a terrified singing star, fugitive Nazi scientists, a Satanic cult, and politics at a level where people can be made to 'disappear'.

It all comes together in:

2013 has been pretty amazing so far... and we're not even at the halfway point!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

ALIAS.... THE SAINT! - Now Available! THE SAINT in 2013!

Now available from Amazon UK, TPB and Kindle!
(U.S. deal forthcoming)

It is a tremendous honor for me to be connected (even in a small way) to "The Famous Simon Templar!" Sincerest possible thanks to Ian Dickerson for making this happen and Andrew Howard for his new series of covers!

Here is the trailer to the new series, starring Adam Rayner. Cameos by Sir Roger Moore and Ian Ogilvy: