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Warren Adler
Warren Adler has recently released Cult, a psychological thriller about the global phenomena of sects built up on tactics of manipulation, brainwashing, and violence.

Best known for The War of the Roses, his masterpiece fictionalization of a macabre divorce turned into the dark comedy box office hit starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito, Adler quickly became the fountainhead of Hollywood screenplay adaptations, fueling an unprecedented bidding war in a Hollywood commission for his unpublished book Private Lies. The New York Post reported, “Tri-State Pictures outbid Warner Bros and Columbia, and purchased the film rights to Private Lies for $1.2 million. …the highest sums yet paid in Hollywood for an unpublished manuscript.”

While The War of the Roses garnered outstanding box office and critical success with Golden Globe, BAFTA and multiple award nominations internationally, Adler went on to sell movie and film rights for 12 books, all noted for his character driven and masterful storytelling. Starring Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas, The New York Times described Random Hearts as having “stylistic polish and keenness of observation not often found in American films anymore” and the Washington Post said it had, “A stunning shocker of an opener.”

Produced by Linda Lavin for PBS’ American Playhouse series, Adler’s The Sunset Gang was adapted into a trilogy starring Uta Hagen, Harold Gould, Dori Brenner and Jerry Stiller, garnering Doris Roberts an Emmy nomination for ‘Best Supporting Actress in a Mini-Series’. Los Angeles Times called it “dramatically daring,” The Wall Street Journal said, “Those… stories (based on the work by Warren Adler) are in fact, pure drama – moving, comical, and most of all, sharply observed.” The musical version of The Sunset Gang received an Off-Broadway production with music scored by noted composer L. Russell Brown. The Broadway rights to the musical version of The War or the Roses were sold this spring and the dramatic version continues to be produced internationally, reaching a global audience in Italy, Germany, Denmark, Hungary, Prague, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay, and elsewhere. A New York Times ‘Notable Book of the Year’, Adler’s American Quartet, featuring his crime fighting female protagonist Fiona Fitzgerald, has been optioned by NBC and Lifetime. Adler’s New York Echoes has also been released as an audio book with Emmy Award winning actress Cynthia Nixon narrating this collection of short stories.

An essayist, short-story writer, poet and playwright, Adler’s works have been translated into 25 languages and have received stellar reviews by all major publications including: The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal,Cosmopolitan, Newsweek, Variety, Publishers Weekly, Glamour, New York Daily News, Time, Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Gannett News Service, Chicago Tribune, The London Telegraph, and The Hollywood Reporter. Adler himself, regularly blogs for The Huffington Post, and lectures on creative writing, motion picture adaptation, and the future of e-books. Adler has taught novel writing honors seminars at NYU, and is the sponsor of the Warren Adler Visiting Writer series at NYU’s Creative Writing Program. Since 2005, Adler has sponsored the ‘Warren Adler Short Story Contest’ awarding cash prizes to winning submissions from the world over.

A pioneer in electronic publishing, Adler introduced the first digital reader manufactured by SONY in 2007. After being published by such houses as Viking, Putnam and Warner Books, he re-acquired his complete backlist and converted his entire library to digital publishing formats, published now under his own company, Stonehouse Press. In 2011, he released five new e-books in an exclusive with

Adler’s themes deal primarily with intimate human relationships—the mysterious nature of love and attraction, the fragile relationships between husbands and wives and parents and children, the corrupting power of money, the aging process, and how families cling together when challenged by the outside world. Readers and reviewers have cited his books for their insight and wisdom in presenting and deciphering the complexities of contemporary life. With the 2012 launch of The Serpent’s Bite, Adler unleashes the character of Courtney Temple, one of the most evil women in fiction alongside the likes of Lady Macbeth, and continues to establish himself as a “master fictioneer”.

A product of the New York public school system, Mr. Adler graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School and New York University, where he majored in English literature. Inspired by his freshman English Professor Don Wolfe, Adler went on to study creative writing with Dr. Wolfe when he taught at the New School. Here he also studied under Dr. Charles Glicksberg. Among his classmates were Mario Puzo, William Styron and many other talented writers. In 2009, Adler was the recipient of the “Alumni of the Year” honor at NYU’s College of Arts and Science.

After graduating from New York University with a degree in English literature, Adler worked for the New York Daily News before becoming Editor of the Queens Post, a prize winning weekly newspaper on Long Island. His column 'Pepper on the Side' became a staple of a number of newspapers in the country.

Prior to his success as a novelist, Adler had a distinguished business career. He has owned four radio stations and a TV station, has run his own advertising and public relations agency in Washington, D.C. Adler is the founder of the Jackson Hole Writer’s Conference and has been Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Jackson Hole Public Library. He is married to Sonia Adler nee Kline, a former magazine editor, and lives in New York City. He is a member of the Authors Guild, PEN America, the Century Association, and the Lotos Club.

Warren's blog can be found at Follow him on Facebook or Twitter @WarrenAdler

Entries by Warren Adler

Reflections on Balancing Family Life While Pursuing My Career as a Writer

(2) Comments | Posted February 26, 2016 | 8:15 AM


As a committed writer of imaginative fiction for virtually my entire life, I have often wondered about the effect my obsessive conduct and allocation of time to pursue such an occupation has had on my relationships with family, friends and others who...

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What Does it Mean to Be a 'Prolific' Writer?

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2015 | 3:15 PM


There has been an odd public discussion recently about writers, specifically novelists, who are too prolific, as if such abundance was a quality that diminished the nature and substance of the author's output.

In a column written by Stephen King, the very...

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Will Movies and TV Shows Eventually Kill the Written Word?

(2) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 12:31 PM

As a longtime practitioner of the art of fiction writing and a committed reader of the works of others, I have been thinking a great deal about the impact of the proliferating film/TV industry on the future of reading.

Having lived through...

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Should a Novelist Be Politically Correct?

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 2:21 PM


The recent flap over a romance novel titled For Such a Time whose plot features a concentration camp inmate falling in love with her Nazi captor has aroused the wrath of various critics and readers on grounds that it is too discomfiting and...

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Should I Start Lying About My Age?

(2) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 12:33 PM


I am seriously thinking about lying about my age. Of course it's impossible. The Internet has my age engraved in perpetuity.

I notice the difference immediately after my most casual face-to-face social revelation of the "number" -- even if...

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The Morning Routine That Enables Me to Keep Writing Novels

(1) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 4:45 PM


As a novelist who continues to be a practitioner of the art of fiction in the last years of my eighth decade, I have been asked repeatedly how one can avoid the memory blocks that so often plague older people.

Memory is the...

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Writing Contests: A Cautionary Tale

(2) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 8:32 AM

When I started the Warren Adler Short Story Contest in 2006 I had rather lofty ideas about integrity and fidelity to the goal of resurrecting the popularity of the short story which was in decline. I appointed qualified people, meaning people who were...
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The Myth of the Suicidal Writer

(3) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 10:29 AM


Looking at the long list of writers who have committed suicide, one is tempted to associate the so-called artistic temperament, the agony of creative achievement, with the primary motivation for that final act.

The list is long and includes...

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Let's Hear It for Monica Lewinsky

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 2:53 PM

Monica Lewinsky (photo credit: Reuters/Danny Moloshok)

I have only seen brief snippets of The View on television. As an older white male, I hardly belong to the demographic they are targeting, but the news that Barbara Walters is eagerly pushing Monica Lewinsky to...

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Top 5 Novels on Power and Ambition

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 1:43 PM


Many of my readers have asked which books I would recommend that offer fundamental insights into the drive for personal power, and the way it affects individuals. Numerous authors have tackled this subject in memoirs, novels and plays. There is a vast treasure...

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Let's Give Our Empty-Pocket College Kids a Fighting Chance

(0) Comments | Posted February 16, 2015 | 4:46 PM


I am viscerally offended by the fact that today's students are stuck paying huge debts incurred getting a college degree. What kind of a country have we become where a college graduate with empty pockets starts their working life burdened with a debt...

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Creativity Over Coinage: Why Making Money Is Never My Objective For Writing Literary Fiction

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2015 | 9:26 PM


One of the greatest biographies ever written was James Boswell's The Life of Samuel Johnson. In the biography is a quote by Mr. Johnson that many writers repeat ad infinitum: "No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money." I must confess...

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So You Want to Be a Famous Self-Published Author?

(16) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 5:09 PM


"It's so easy to become an author of novels. Others have done it, why not me?"


In writing a novel, all you have to do is follow the formula. Classes abound that teach the formulas. Hell, you probably believe you can imagine...

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Pen or Computer: Which is Better for Creativity?

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2015 | 4:13 PM


For writers of the imagination, what we fear the most is a disruption, a blockage, a sudden dam that changes the course of the river of creativity. Back in the late sixties and early seventies when technological innovation began to creep into...

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Target Churchill: How Persistence Gave Birth to a Bestselling Thriller

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2015 | 2:11 PM

I am a member of the Lotos Club in Manhattan, a literary club celebrated for having Mark Twain as its most famous member. Apparently he had spent many happy hours with fellow members there in his declining years. A few years ago at...
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How a Novel Ends

(1) Comments | Posted November 23, 2014 | 12:49 PM


Roderick Thorp was part of a small group of novelists who came together on a monthly basis in the late eighties in Los Angeles to chew the fat. Rod had made a breakthrough success at the age of twenty-seven with the...

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How Do You Approach Sex in Fiction?

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 1:51 PM


Sometime in the late '60s or early '70s, before I switched to computers, my method for preparing clean copies of my manuscripts for further work, or a final copy for my publisher, was to send my chicken-marked manuscripts out to a typist. The...

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The Book Launch and the Aftermath

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 10:26 AM


The launch of a book, be it the first for an author or their most recent release, has always been the established gateway for traditional publishers to introduce a new work. The launch of a book is like the birth of a baby:...

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My Salute to Librarians

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2014 | 6:26 PM


This Article was Originally Published on LIBRARY JOURNAL

From the moment I entered the hushed, sacred precinct of the Brownsville Children's Library in Brownsville, Brooklyn, back in the mid-1930s, I have been a passionate advocate of the public library.

My most...

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The War of the Roses, 25 Years Later

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 1:32 AM


This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Hollywood release of the 1989 box-office hit The War of the Roses, starring Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. This year also marks the confirmed development of the sequel, based on my...

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