Posts Categorized: american novelists

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,…

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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…

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“ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE” Ruined My Trip

All the Light We Cannot See

By Paul Levine Anthony Doerr ruined my vacation. He also destroyed the confidence of blossoming writers and set an impossibly high standard for other novelists. What’s the matter, Tony? Winning the Pulitzer wasn’t enough? Doerr is the author of All the Light We Cannot See, the lyrical, compassionate, hauntingly gorgeous novel that won this year’s…

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Carl Hiaasen Tricked Me Into a New Career

Carl Hiaasen novel

By Paul Levine I blame Carl Hiaasen. Let me explain. It was 1986. I was a partner in the Miami office of a mammoth law firm with offices from Philadelphia to Tokyo. I specialized in “complex civil litigation.” Upside: Financial security. Downside: Boring work. Even worse than the daily tedium, I’d abandoned my true self….

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Best Books Ever…My List or Yours?

"Rabbit, Run" tops my best book list

By Paul Levine A “Best Books” list is inherently flawed.  Just as with “best teams” or “best movies” or “best pizza,” beauty is in the eye of the blogger. A meme has been spreading through Facebook — as memes are inclined to do — asking people to name the ten best books they’ve ever read….

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