INSIDE DISH: William Styron Stumbling. Lee Child Retiring. Scott Turow Intimidated. Chevy Chase’s Dad Edits.

William Styron was “so wildly drunk, it was embarrassing,” says Scott Turow, the man who created the modern legal thriller. Turow shot to fame (and fortune) after publication of his first legal thriller Presumed Innocent (which became a major motion picture starring Harrison Ford). Turow’s description of acclaimed novelist Styron followed a New York City luncheon where […]

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INSIDE DISH: After a Bestseller, What Are the Odds of Future Success?

Editors and agents constantly tell writers to include plenty of conflict in their novels.  For some authors, it’s easy. They lived it. “My career has been one disaster followed by a victory, followed by a disaster. I think that’s true of most writers,” says Gayle Lynds, one of the most popular spy novelists in the […]

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INSIDE DISH: Two Degrees of Separation

Steve Berry, Michael Connelly and James Lee Burke Before he became a New York Times bestselling thriller author, Steve Berry wrote a 170,000-word legal thriller, “which will tell you how bad it was right off the bat,” he says, Yet, “it’s the best thing I ever wrote in my life.” It never sold. The average […]

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