I've just finished shooting my first feature film, The Suspect, a psychological thriller designed to entertain the audience -- but I fully understand that it owes its very existence to the ongoing problem of race relations in America.
Every genre novel is a novel of suspense. The literary novelist desires the reader to ask, "What does it mean?" The genre novelist wishes more than anything to hear the reader ask, "And then what happened?"
Good writers do not channel in from some higher plain, they are simply human creatures who have a talent for expression and a talent, as Noel Coward would have said, to amuse. Everything they write is an expression of their selfs.
The many readers who eagerly followed the adventures of Cotton Malone, Berry's beloved action hero, are in for a treat. The Columbus Affair, Steve Berry's first stand-alone thriller since 2005, is an arresting tour de force.
I enjoy reading well-written books where there are earth-shattering secrets, a race against the clock, harrowing twists and turns, lives constantly under threat. But I don't have an itch to create one.
When I began writing military thrillers I was eager to use my past experiences to breathe some realism into a genre I felt was sorely in need of it. I quickly found out that it was a double-edged sword.
Over the thirty years of my publishing career, I've learned that book snobs come in all shapes and sizes. And their snobbery often seems more about them than the genre they've picked for their disdain.
Imagine an industry that sells over three billion products a year across the world. This is not an electronic gadget or a knife that can cut through a soda can, but rather a publishing genre known as the thriller. I am a thriller and crime fiction junkie.