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An Excerpt from Limitless: Part II

Mar 10, 2011 in Books, Film

In 2002, Alan Glynn wrote the celebrated suspense novel The Dark Fields. On March 18, The Dark Fields will come to theaters as the film Limitless, starring Bradley Cooper, Robert DeNiro and Abbie Cornish.  To celebrate, Mulholland Books will run a three-part series: three chapters from the book (generously provided by Picador from their Limitless […]

An Excerpt from LIMITLESS

Mar 03, 2011 in Books, Fiction, Film

In 2002, Alan Glynn wrote the celebrated suspense novel The Dark Fields. On March 18, The Dark Fields will come to theaters as the film Limitless, starring Bradley Cooper, Robert DeNiro and Abbie Cornish.  To celebrate, Mulholland Books will run a three-part series: three chapters from the book (generously provided by Picador from their Limitless […]

Organized Crime Writing

Feb 24, 2011 in Books, Guest Posts

When I finished my second novel, 2005’s The Heartbreak Lounge, I was determined never to write about traditional organized crime again. The whole New Jersey mob thing had become too much of a cliché, thanks in part to the brilliance of The Sopranos, which brought that world into people’s living rooms every week. For a […]

My Dark Places (with sincere apologies to James Ellroy)

Jan 07, 2011 in Guest Posts, Writing

Head bent, sketching hit men on a title page, I do my best to let the blur of the convention fall away. A line forms: three people deep, clutching copies of my new graphic novel and waiting for my angular signature and brief sketch to scar their pure, untainted book. Using skills honed while penciling […]

A Conversation with Scott Phillips

Jan 06, 2011 in Books, Guest Posts, Writing

Scott Phillips is the author of three of the most highly acclaimed crime novels of recent years. His debut novel, The Ice Harvest, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and won the California Book Award, a Silver Medal for Best First Fiction, and was a finalist for the Edgar Awards, the […]

The Questions Authors Fear Most

Jan 05, 2011 in Guest Posts, Writing

“Where do your ideas come from?” The only other question that depresses me more is: “Have any of your books been turned into films?” (The inference is always clear. Surely I’ll never regard myself as being a successful novelist until Ben Affleck has starred in a very bad movie based on one of my books. […]

A Conspiracy to Believe

Dec 08, 2010 in Books, Guest Posts, Mulholland Authors, Mulholland News, Writing

As an novelist, the question I’m most often asked actually isn’t where I get my ideas (a shame, as I’ve got a peppy answer to that), but when I’m going to write another book like Only Forward. It happened twice the other night. As this was my first novel, written over a decade and a […]

Sinking the Titanic

Oct 11, 2010 in Books, Guest Posts, Mulholland Authors, Mulholland News, Writing

Best interview question I’ve ever been asked: What’s the worst thing your parents think you’ve done? Not actually done, but that they think you’ve done. My answer: Heroin. I love doing research. It’s like cheating, but with permission. Here are some of the things I have done in the name of Research: learned to ride […]

Expect the Unexpected

Sep 09, 2010 in Books, Guest Posts

It’s a hugely arrogant thing, to expect the attention of a reader for over three hundred pages. Any writer worth reading is aware of that. Sympathetic characters can take you only so far, a good hook can do some good, but ultimately, what most readers need is to know that the story is not one […]

Tips for Budding Crime Writers: Dialogue

Sep 08, 2010 in Guest Posts, Writing

Not on the nose, please. Conflict is essential in effective crime writing. I like to create conflict in my dialogue by keeping it oblique. For instance, it’s amazing how much tension can be generated simply by banning yes and no (and their synonyms). Try it at home or work, and you’ll soon see what I […]