Jon Land is the prolific author of more than thirty-six books. His thriller novels include the Caitlin Strong series about a fifth-generation Texas Ranger, and the Ben Kamal and Danielle Barnea books about a Palestinian detective and an Israeli chief inspector of police.
I've had the great fortune of interviewing many acclaimed authors. They always have much to say about the craft of writing. One of the questions I've asked often has been What has surprised you about the writing life?
Linwood Barclay's thrillers have been international bestsellers. Trust Your Eyes, an intriguing novel with a unique premise, has been optioned for film. The Associated Press said, "Linwood Barclay has established himself alongside the masters of suburban fiction."
Land's latest thriller, Black Scorpion: The Tyrant Reborn, is the second book featuring the character, Michael Tiranno, a myth-worthy hero created by Fabrizio Boccardi with whom Jon collaborates in this series.
Lisa Gardner pulls out all the stops in her latest novel, Crash & Burn. There are so many muddled characters who try to make sense of all that is going on, while there are other seemingly crazed characters who are determined to hide the truth. In short you can't breeze your way through this one.
In 2013, it was announced that Hannah would pen an Agatha Christie novel featuring Hercule Poirot, the first new novel in 38 years to feature the world famous detective. The decision to write the novel was endorsed by Christie's estate and publisher.
No matter how beautifully written or "literary," a novel resonates deeply because the storyline tugs powerfully at us. It upsets, confounds and presents chaos, conflict, imbalance and upheaval -- either within its character's mind or circumstances.
Are our lives determined by nature or by nurture? Is there an evil seed that children of evil carry? Author Lisa Gardner writes her most intriguing and complex novel to date, exceeding her past efforts.