12/23/2010 08:25 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

How To Write A Novelization Of A Popular Movie

Last fall, my Random House editor, Kerri Buckley, called me and asked if I'd ever considered writing a movie novelization. I'd just returned from a writing conference where I met several writers who did such work, and I was intrigued. Though I'd published five original novels, I'd recently branched out into other kinds of fiction writing, including short stories, and I was eager to experiment more. In addition, I was excited by the potential of working again with Kerri, who'd edited my first four books.

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