Posts By: Paul Levine

Mystery Writers Lust After Hollywood

mystery writers work alone

I came to Hollywood for the health insurance. That’s right. I lusted after cheap meds, not fame and fortune, when I migrated from Miami to Hollywood 17 years ago. And why not? A doctor’s visit costs ten bucks at the industry-subsidized Bob Hope Health Center. I quickly learned, however, that writers pay their dues in…

Continue Reading Mystery Writers Lust After Hollywood »

Read More

John D. MacDonald…and Me

John D. MacDonald

This is the 100th anniversary year of the birth of John D. MacDonald, Florida’s favorite novelist. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune (JDM’s hometown paper) asked a bunch of writers — Stephen King, Lee Child, Jeff Deaver, Dennis Lehane, Heather Graham, among others — to write short articles describing how MacDonald influenced them. Oh, the paper asked me,…

Continue Reading John D. MacDonald…and Me »

Read More

Writing Tips — Put Your Butt in the Chair

writing tips from paul levine

Novelist Paul Levine has some writing tips. Why is “write what you know” bad advice? What does Stephen King say about rewriting? How does Paul find so much humor in court? And why does he pay homage to John D. MacDonald? Q: Paul, you frequently speak to aspiring authors. Any writing tips you want to…

Continue Reading Writing Tips — Put Your Butt in the Chair »

Read More

Getting Published: One Author’s Success Story

getting published, la noir

Getting published is hard. Just ask John Schulian, a prize-winning sportswriter and veteran television writer whose first novel, A Better Goodbye, was just released by Tyrus Books. There’s a lesson in his tale that’s not confined to the writing life. Achievement comes with hard work, persistence, an ability to handle rejection and a willingness to…

Continue Reading Getting Published: One Author’s Success Story »

Read More

Legal Thrillers and Rough Justice

legal thrillers

By Paul Levine In legal thrillers, rough justice is better than none at all. To explain, let’s start with a quote from my favorite fictional lawyer. “We eat what we kill. Hey, they don’t call us sharks for our ability to swim.” – Jake Lassiter It’s been twenty-five years since Jake Lassiter uttered those words…

Continue Reading Legal Thrillers and Rough Justice »

Read More