Welcome to the 158th episode of The Thriller Zone Podcast, where we delve into the minds of the greatest crime and thriller fiction authors of our time. Today, we have the immense pleasure of sitting down with the legendary Patricia Cornwell, the mastermind behind the gripping Kay Scarpetta series. From her humble beginnings as a computer analyst to becoming a best-selling author, Cornwell's journey is as fascinating as the characters she brings to life.
In this episode, we'll take a deep dive into the world of forensic crime fiction, exploring the inner workings of Cornwell's mind and the secrets behind her captivating storytelling. So, kick back and enjoy 30 minutes with one of the finest authors crafting thrillers today, and bear with me as I "geek out" over an amazing talent whom I've enjoyed reading for decades.
Patricia Cornwell: From Computer Analyst to Best-Selling Author
Patricia Cornwell's journey from computer analyst to best-selling author is a remarkable story of career transition and the pursuit of one's passion. With a background in computer analysis, Cornwell brought a unique perspective and set of skills to her writing career.
Her success as a best-selling author, with over 100 million books sold worldwide, is a testament to her talent, hard work, and determination. Cornwell's ability to combine her analytical mindset with her creativity has resulted in compelling and engaging storytelling that captivates readers.
Not only did Cornwell's background in computer analysis shape her writing process, but it also influenced the themes and subject matter of her novels. Her experience in the field of forensics and crime analysis adds depth and authenticity to her work, making her novels stand out in the genre of thriller fiction.
Cornwell's story serves as a reminder that it's never too late to pursue your passion and make a successful career change. She embraced new opportunities and was open to exploring different paths in life, ultimately finding her true calling as a writer.
The Kay Scarpetta series, written by Patricia Cornwell, is a captivating and thrilling crime fiction series that has captured the attention of readers worldwide. Set in Richmond, Virginia, the series revolves around a series of murders involving young couples.
At the center of the series is Dr. Kay Scarpetta, a forensic pathologist who is determined to find the killer and bring them to justice. With her expertise in forensic science and her unwavering determination, Scarpetta follows the path of evidence, using her own instincts to find a murderer who is just as skilled at leaving no trace as she is at finding them.
One of the standout features of the Kay Scarpetta series is Cornwell's attention to detail in forensic science. The series dives deep into the intricacies of crime scene investigations, providing readers with a realistic portrayal of the field. This level of accuracy has been praised by both fans and critics alike, adding to the authenticity and suspense of the series.
Cornwell's writing style keeps readers on the edge of their seats, with twists and turns that keep them guessing until the very end. The series explores themes of justice, morality, and the dark side of human nature, adding depth and complexity to the narrative.
Kay Scarpetta herself is a strong and complex character, who uses her intelligence and skills to solve the most challenging cases. Her determination and resilience make her a compelling protagonist, and readers are drawn to her unwavering pursuit of justice.
With over 100 million books sold worldwide, the Kay Scarpetta series has garnered a loyal fanbase and has been praised by critics for its compelling storytelling and well-developed characters. It has even been adapted into a television series, further cementing its popularity among crime fiction enthusiasts.
For fans of crime fiction and suspenseful thrillers, the Kay Scarpetta series is a gripping and addictive read. From the first novel, "Postmortem," to the latest release, readers are taken on an epic journey through the dark underbelly of Richmond, Virginia's crime scene. For those who are new to the series, now is the perfect time to dive in and experience the thrill of Patricia Cornwell's masterful storytelling.
Be sure to follow Patricia Cornwell on social media for Q&A sessions, updates on new releases, and behind-the-scenes glimpses into the world of Kay Scarpetta. And don't forget to pre-order UNNATURAL DEATH here: https://linktr.ee/unnaturaldeath
Cornwell's expertise in forensic science shines through in her novels, and readers can trust that they are in the hands of a master storyteller who knows how to keep them on the edge of their seats. The Kay Scarpetta series has captivated audiences for years, and "Unnatural Death" promises to be another epic addition to the series.
Something I was thrilled to learn was how Cornwell's series would be turned into a television series for Amazon Studios, starring Nicole Kidman as Scarpetta, and Jamie Lee Curtis. If you'd like to read the entire Deadline article, just GO HERE (Source: https://deadline.com/2023/02/nicole-kidman-jamie-lee-curtis-star-ep-patricia-cornwell-kay-scarpetta-series-dorothy-amazon-blumhouse-liz-sarnoff-1235252848)
Mark your calendars for November 28th when "Unnatural Death" hits shelves. Whether you're a longtime fan or new to the series, get ready to be enthralled by the gripping world of Kay Scarpetta and her relentless pursuit of justice.
Today's episode has been nothing shy of a genuine honor as I was given a front row seat into one of the greatest thriller fiction writers in the world. I hope you had fun delving into the mind of this brilliant author, while unraveling some of the secrets behind her thrilling storytelling.
I hope you have enjoyed this episode as much as I did, and you can rest assured that I look forward to bringing you more captivating conversations with the greatest crime and thriller fiction authors of our time. To learn more, visit PatriciaCornwell.com and as always Follow, Share & Subscribe to TheThrillerZone.com, YouTube.com/thethrillerzone, and listen to us wherever you get your podcasts.
Until next time, stay tuned for your front-row seat to the best thriller writers in the world with me, David Temple for another episode of The Thriller Zone!
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51:22On today’s 168th episode of The Thriller Zone, host David Temple interviews James Grady, a renowned crime writer, and author of the classic spy thriller, Six Days of the Condor.James discusses his writing journey and the inspiration behind his latest book, The Smoke in Our Eyes, a book that’s available now. He also shares insights into the transition from writing novels to screenwriting, plus the invaluable lessons he learned from working with one of Hollywood’s most prolific television writers, Stephen J. Cannell. Temple and Grady reflect on the power of storytelling and the techniques that make a story thrilling. James emphasizes the importance of capturing moments of inspiration and continually learning as a writer.They wrap up by discussing Grady's career and accolades, his contributions to charitable anthologies, his writing advice, the distraction of social media, and how to find him online.Want to learn more about James? Visit: Facebook.com/jamesgrady7And as always, FOLLOW, WATCH, LISTEN & SUBSCRIBE to: X & Instagram @thethrillerzone, Watch on YouTube.com/thethrillerzone, LISTEN on ALL Podcast Channels, and subscribe to our newsletter at TheThrillerZone.comTakeawaysLuck and timing play a significant role in a writer's success, but perseverance and continuous learning are equally important.The power of words and storytelling can transport readers and create memorable experiences.Inspiration can come from unexpected sources, such as a tragic incident or a powerful message painted on a house.Learning from experienced writers and studying different techniques can enhance one's own writing skills.The thriller genre is timeless and continues to captivate readers with its elements of suspense, justice, and law. James Grady has been named one of the 50 crime writers to read before you die.Grady is proud of his contributions to charitable anthologies that benefit various causes.His best writing advice is to work every day and be true to your craft.Grady believes that spending too much time on social media can be a distraction for authors.Chapters00:00 Introduction and Background04:31 From Six Days to Three08:05 The Power of Words and Storytelling11:30 The Inciting Incident for 'The Smoke in Our Eyes'19:15 Writing Style and Techniques27:16 Learning Screenwriting from Stephen J. Cannell32:27 Impressions of Today's Content and Techniques46:44 Accolades and Career49:28 Giving Back50:55 Writing Advice52:18 The Distraction of Social Media53:35 Finding James Grady54:48 Closing Remarks Get your copy of THE POSER, starring Detective Pat Norelli, a Hollywood cop with beauty, brains & brass...casings. If you like Michael Connelly's Bosch, you'll dig Pat Norelli.THE POSER is ON SALE FOR FEBRUARY. Get an ebook for $4.95, or paperback for $13.95. Thanks for your support of this author & this podcast!
1:33:25In this 167th episode of The Thriller Zone, host Dave Temple interviews John Lindstrom, a movie & television star turned debut author.Lindstrom discusses his journey from acting to writing, including his experience writing screenplays and the lessons he learned about storytelling. He also shares the challenges he faced in writing his first book and the importance of authenticity in storytelling. As we get going, Lindstrom reflects on his career in soap operas and the attrition rate in Hollywood, and discusses his wife's involvement in theater and the impact and evolution of indie films. The conversation concludes with a discussion on the dark side of Hollywood and the cautionary tale in Lindstrom's book, 'Hollywood Hustle,' a book that reflects, in part, some of his experiences in the entertainment industry. In this engaging conversation, Jon shares his passion for supporting orphanages and helping foster kids tell their stories through film. Dave and Jon also discuss the contrasting characters in his book and the dark side of Hollywood. Perhaps most of the fun involves an "acting conversation" which has the two personalities reading from the book, playing two characters. And sure, there are potential film adaptations and casting choices, but that remains to be seen. As we close, Lindstrom shares his writing process and the therapeutic nature of writing, and as always, Dave concludes the show with much-loved "Rapid-Fire Questions." It's fun for everyone. To learn more about Jon visit: JonLindstrom.com, and as always, connect with TheThrillerZone.com & watch our podcast at YouTube.com/thethrillerzone.* * * * *TakeawaysWriting screenplays can teach valuable lessons about storytelling, structure, and character development.Authenticity is crucial in writing, and it is important to draw from personal experiences and knowledge.The attrition rate in Hollywood is high, and maintaining a successful career requires perseverance and gratitude.Indie filmmaking remains a challenging endeavor, despite advancements in technology and accessibility.'Hollywood Hustle' explores the dark side of Hollywood and serves as a cautionary tale about the pursuit of fame and success.* * * * *Chapters00:00 - Introduction and Background03:00 - Writing Screenplays and Learning Storytelling06:19 - Attending Book Conferences and Working with an Editor08:44 - Writing What You Know and the Importance of Authenticity11:36 - The Challenges of Writing a Book13:28 - The Importance of Research and Authenticity in Writing15:16 - The Challenges and Benefits of Writing What You Know17:45 - The High Lonesome Band and the Music Industry19:40 - The Beginnings of John's Acting Career in Soap Operas24:37 - The Difference Between Soap Operas and Episodic Shows26:34 - The Attrition Rate in Hollywood and John's Career28:00 - John's Wife, Katie McClain, and Her Involvement in Theater30:01 - The Impact and Evolution of Indie Films34:01 - Stylistic Influences from Books and Films42:23 - Product Placement and Movie References in 'Hollywood Hustle'45:16 - The Dark Side of Hollywood and the Cautionary Tale in the Book49:33 - Investing in Orphanages50:30 - Kids in the Spotlight50:58 - Contrasting Characters51:28 - Dark Side of Hollywood52:16 - If This Scene Could Talk52:46 - Chapter 31: Hollywood Hustle53:43 - Phone Call with the Kidnappers56:10 - Potential Film Adaptation57:08 - Casting the Characters58:36 - Tough Casting Choices59:35 - Recommendation: Your Honor01:00:03 - Writing as Therapy01:03:54 - Enjoyment of the Book01:04:52 - Rapid Fire Questions01:08:15 - Top of TBR Stack01:09:10 - Dream Dinner Guests01:20:48 - Writing Advice: Trust Your Desire01:25:14 - Memorizing Lines01:27:34 - Realistic Acting Get your copy of THE POSER, starring Detective Pat Norelli, a Hollywood cop with beauty, brains & brass...casings. If you like Michael Connelly's Bosch, you'll dig Pat Norelli.THE POSER is ON SALE FOR FEBRUARY. Get an ebook for $4.95, or paperback for $13.95. Thanks for your support of this author & this podcast!
1:02:50On today's 166th episode of The Thriller Zone, as we launch February here in Season SIX, we're thrilled to welcome New York Times Bestselling Author Terry Hayes, the author of the epic novel I AM PILGRIM.In this conversation, host David Temple interviews Terry Hayes about his book 'The Year of the Locust' as well as many of his upcoming projects. The conversation begins with a warm welcome and introduction, then dives into a discussion about Terry's new book, as David expresses his admiration for it. Terry continues by sharing insights into the writing process and the inspiration behind the book, while also touching upon Terry's excitement and nervousness about the anticipation of the new book from his fans. David and Terry concludes this engaging conversation with a question about Terry's personal preferences in writing, as well as signing off with David's signature "Best Writing Advice" for aspiring actors.All in, it's a wonderful discussion with a true legend in Hollywood. As Terry says, when asked about the lack of a website and any social media presence, he says, "The best way to learn more about me...is to buy my books; that's where my true heart lies."Buy The Year Of The Locust wherever you buy your books. To learn more, to follow along, and to subscribe to, visit: TheThrillerZone.com and YouTube.com/@thethrillerzone/videos. You can also FOLLOW us on X & Instagram @thethrillerzone# # # # #Chapters00:00 Introduction and Welcome01:17 Discussion about the Book02:31 Upcoming Projects03:52 Personal Preferences in Writing Get your copy of THE POSER, starring Detective Pat Norelli, a Hollywood cop with beauty, brains & brass...casings. If you like Michael Connelly's Bosch, you'll dig Pat Norelli.THE POSER is ON SALE FOR FEBRUARY. Get an ebook for $4.95, or paperback for $13.95. Thanks for your support of this author & this podcast!
45:57On today’s episode 165th episode of The Thriller Zone I’m happy to introduce you to a long-time fan and friend of our show, Mr. Terrence McCauley. He kicks off SEASON SIX with a discussion about his latest thriller CHICAGO 63, a fictional account of a plot to assassinate President Kennedy. As a bit of history, Terrence is an award-winning novelist, a member of various writer associations, and on today's show discusses his writing career plus shares his journey of writing in multiple genres, including thrillers, crime fiction, and Westerns. Other topics Terrence and I cover include: the importance of decorum and class in society, we discuss the cover design of 'Chicago 63' and the artist behind it, plus Terrence offers advice for aspiring writers, and near the end, introduces us to Silverback Publishing, a company focused on publishing novellas. As you’ll see, Terrence is an engaging guest, a prolific writer in not one, but three genres, he’s also a podcast host, and just an all-around nice guy. Let’s get to the launch of Season Six, and my friend Terrence McCauley right here on The Thriller Zone.-----To learn more visit: TerrenceMcCauley.com and as always, stop by our website TheThrillerZone.com and be sure to SUBSCRIBE to our video channel Youtube.com/@thethrillerzone/videos-----Chapters0:00 Introduction and Early Conversations3:21 Writing in Multiple Genres6:55 Favorite Genre: 1930s9:28 Terrence's Novella 'Chicago 63'18:31 Importance of Decorum and Class25:17 Advice for Writers27:42 Benefits of Writer Associations29:45 Silverback Publishing36:32 The Power of Novellas39:44 Lessons Learned as a Full-Time Author40:47 Trust the Process and Trust Your Instincts41:42 Leaving the Big City for a New Life42:47 Transitioning to Life in Dutchess County43:25 The Cover Design of 'Chicago 63'44:19 Closing Remarks Get your copy of THE POSER, starring Detective Pat Norelli, a Hollywood cop with beauty, brains & brass...casings. If you like Michael Connelly's Bosch, you'll dig Pat Norelli.THE POSER is ON SALE FOR FEBRUARY. Get an ebook for $4.95, or paperback for $13.95. Thanks for your support of this author & this podcast!
The Thriller Zone Bouchercon 23 Replay
1:09:12Yes, although this is THE BRAND NEW SEASON SIX, kicking off 2024, we are offering this BOUCHERCON REPLAY which was recorded at The Bouchercon Convention in San Diego last summer.Some are legends, while others are legends in the making. Either way, six of the authors in the Atria Mystery Bus/Simon & Schuster family, have come together for brief conversations, face-to-face, with me to talk about their latest works at the Bouchercon 23 event in San Diego, California.Please welcome my guests: @JackCarrUSA - @ChrisHauty - @isberryauthor - @ArmandoCorrea - @heykatyhays & @CEMcKenzie1, along with Special Thanks to David Brown @AtriaMysteryBus (all X/Twitter handles).Their books are stunning. Their talents, equally so. And their futures are set to shoot across the sky, bright at the noonday sun.Kick back, grab a beverage, and enjoy THIS REPLAY of BOUCHERCON 23 from last Summer, as you enjoy some conversation about books, thrillers and more, on an episode that will entertain, educate, and hopefully inspire you to write your best work.To learn more, visit our website at: TheThrillerZone.com, follow us at YouTube.com/thethrillerzone, and if you'd like to reach out, we're at thethrillerzone at gmail.Cheers, David Temple, host of The Thriller Zone. Get your copy of THE POSER, starring Detective Pat Norelli, a Hollywood cop with beauty, brains & brass...casings. If you like Michael Connelly's Bosch, you'll dig Pat Norelli.THE POSER is ON SALE FOR FEBRUARY. Get an ebook for $4.95, or paperback for $13.95. Thanks for your support of this author & this podcast!
The Dave & Tammy Year End Extravaganza
1:30:30In this 163rd and FINAL episode of 2023's podcast The Thriller Zone, David & Tammy Temple discuss their top 10 books, films, and TV shows of the year. The dynamic duo begin by introducing the show by setting the holiday mood. Next, they dive into their top 10 lists, starting with their favorite Television Shows and favorite Feature Films. Tammy also brings up favorite documentaries of the year. And finally, and the "real reason" for the show, Dave & Tammy share their Top 10 Favorite Books of the year, as well as some of their favorite authors. Along the way, they recommend books by Don Winslow, Todd Goldberg, Chris Hauty, Tess Gerritsen, TJ Newman, William Landay, Robert Dugoni, Lee Goldberg, Lou Berney, and debut authors Jack Stewart, Bruce Borges, and T.R. Hendrix, as well as authors with whom they've become close friends, including Chris Hauty and Steve Stratton, to name a few.They also mention upcoming books they're excited to read, then the conversation concludes with reflections on their respective gratitude for things they have in their lives, and the show wraps by Dave & Tammy sharing their well wishes for the New Year.To learn more and to follow The Thriller Zone, be sure to visit: TheThrillerZone.com, Subscribe to YouTube.com/thethrillerzone, Follow #TheTZ on X/Twitter, Instagram & Facebook @thethrillerzone Y'all have a great rest of the holidays, please celebrate the New Year in (safe) style, and we'll see you for SEASON SEVEN of The Thriller Zone with More Interviews, More High-profile Authors, More Debut Authors, More Podcast Features, More Giveaways, and MORE Face-to-face Interviews with All The Best Thriller Writers In The World.Cheers!Chapters00:00 Introduction and Setting01:16 Top 10 Books, Films, and TV Shows05:19 Television Shows13:49 Films25:02 Documentaries51:27 Books55:04 Introduction and Book Recommendations59:13 Praise for TJ Newman and William Landay01:00:08 Discussion of Robert Dugoni and Lee Goldberg01:01:30 Lou Berney's Novels01:04:17 Don Winslow's Trilogy01:06:14 Todd Goldberg's "Gangsters Don't Die"01:07:10 Chris Hauty's "Devil You Know"01:09:01 Tess Gerritsen's "The Spy Coast"01:09:30 Debut Authors: Jack Stewart, Bruce Borges, and T.R. Hendrix01:12:30 Most Original Book: "Murder and Hacksford" by Rick Blywise01:17:35 Upcoming Books to Read01:20:52 Gratitude and Reflection on the Year01:28:46 Closing Remarks and New Year Wishes Get your copy of THE POSER, starring Detective Pat Norelli, a Hollywood cop with beauty, brains & brass...casings. If you like Michael Connelly's Bosch, you'll dig Pat Norelli.THE POSER is ON SALE FOR FEBRUARY. Get an ebook for $4.95, or paperback for $13.95. Thanks for your support of this author & this podcast!
Tod Goldberg author of Gangsters Don't Die
49:56The Thriller Zone Podcast Episode SynopsisOn this exciting episode of The Thriller Zone, host David Temple welcomes author Todd Goldberg to discuss his latest novel, "Gangsters Don't Die." David introduces Todd as one of the funniest, most engaging, and educated authors to ever grace the podcast. They dive into a variety of topics, including Todd's prolific writing career, his fascination with gangsters, and the inspiration behind his characters.Todd shares that his interest in organized crime stems from growing up in Palm Springs, a city with a history of mob activity. He talks about the influence of his family's storytelling tradition and the cultural appreciation for reading and writing. Todd also reveals that he has received emails from people who have just gotten out of prison, expressing their appreciation for his book.The conversation takes an interesting turn as Todd discusses the moral ambiguity of his characters and the appeal of gangster stories. He believes that Americans are fascinated by organized crime because it represents the idea of getting away with breaking the rules. Todd also emphasizes the importance of character development and creating complex, multi-dimensional protagonists.David praises Todd's latest book, "Gangsters Don't Die," and highlights the gripping prologue and the morally conflicted protagonist, Sal Cupertine. He expresses his admiration for Todd's ability to make readers both despise and love the main character simultaneously.The discussion then shifts to Todd's career as a professor and his role in directing the low-residency MFA program at UC Riverside. Todd shares his philosophy of teaching and his goal of positioning his students for success in the writing business. He emphasizes the importance of treating writing as commerce and not settling for struggling as an artist.David and Todd briefly touch on Todd's previous podcast, Literary Disco, which was highly regarded in the literary world. They mention that the podcast is currently on hiatus but may return in the future.The episode concludes with David asking Todd for his best piece of writing advice. Todd shares a valuable lesson he learned from author Donald Westlake: a story is over when the reader could write the next page. He explains that this advice has shaped his approach to writing and has led him to constantly surprise readers and avoid predictability.Overall, this episode of The Thriller Zone provides listeners with an engaging and insightful conversation about Todd Goldberg's writing career, his fascination with gangsters, and his approach to storytelling.To learn more about Tod visit his website: TodGoldberg.com and purchase his book on Amazon here. Who knows, maybe Tod will give you a bonus prize when you mention you heard about his book while listening to The Thriller Zone Podcast.Listen: TheThrillerZone.com and ALL Podcast Channels. Watch: YouTube.com/thethrillerzone- - - - - -TIMESTAMPS:00:00:00 - Introduction and appreciation for the book from people who have just gotten out of prison00:01:25 - Todd Goldberg's head cold and his role as a director of a low residency MFA program00:02:07 - Todd Goldberg's surprise at not being on the podcast earlier00:03:13 - Todd Goldberg's thoughts on the talent of his family and the influence of his parents00:04:50 - Todd Goldberg's hope that his parents are proud00:05:40 - Todd Goldberg's excitement about being featured on Rising Stars month00:06:43 - Todd Goldberg's thoughts on the fascination with gangster stories and the appeal of getting away with it00:08:10 - Todd Goldberg's personal connection to the desert and his research on organized crime00:10:49 - Todd Goldberg's encounter with an actual gangster at a book signing00:14:57 - Todd Goldberg's reflection on the impact of his books and the changes in his career00:17:12 - Todd Goldberg's appreciation for the prologue and the significance of the first and last lines00:25:27 - Todd Goldberg's personal story about a friend with cancer and its influence on the character development in the book00:26:28 - Todd Goldberg's perspective on happy endings and the ambiguity of right and wrong00:27:48 - Todd Goldberg's belief in leaving endings open and allowing readers to create their own resolution00:29:30 - Todd Goldberg's discussion on the fascination with the dark side of human nature and the influence of cultural upbringing00:30:44 - Todd Goldberg's emphasis on resilience and fighting for what you love00:34:42 - Todd Goldberg's experience as a professor and his philosophy of treating writing as a business00:36:50 - Todd Goldberg's plans for the adaptation of "Gangsters Don't Die" into a screen project00:40:19 - Todd Goldberg's mention of the hiatus of the "Literary Disco" podcast and the continued friendship with co-hosts00:42:58 - Todd Goldberg's advice on writing endings from Donald Westlake00:48:54 - Closing remarks and gratitude from Todd Goldberg
Steve Stratton, author of Shadow Sanction
1:25:12Hello and welcome to the 161st episode of The Thriller Zone. Today marks the next to the last time an author will appear on this podcast in 2023. I’m your host David Temple and our guest is a member of our RISING STAR MONTH. Steve Stratton is an author I’ve followed for nearly two years, and today I’m excited to present his new thriller, SHADOW SANCTION, the latest in the Lance Bear Wolf Series.Today, Steve talks to me about his illustrious career in the military, and the secret service, and shares several of his experiences as a thriller writer. Perhaps best of all—for foodies like me and Steve—we get to discuss a passion other than writing; that of good food.To learn more visit: SteveStrattonUSA.com and of course, follow us at TheThrillerZone.com and all Podcast Channels, as well as YouTube.com/thethrillerzone----In this conversation, Steve Stratton discusses his background in the military and the Secret Service, as well as his passion for food and culinary experiences. He shares how his experiences have influenced his writing and the development of his main character, Lance Bear Wolf. Steve also talks about his growth as an author and his future writing projects. Some of the principal themes discussed include differentiating the protagonist, the persistence of cartels, the importance of attention to detail—especially as it pertains to branding—lessons learned, the changing landscape of publishing, and both the power of self-publishing and the changing perception of self-publishing in the industry. Overall, the conversation highlights the joy and value of storytelling and the impact it can have on both writers and readers.Chapters00:00 -Introduction and Background02:03 - Passion for Food and Culinary Experiences04:08 - Early Career and Entry into the White House08:23 - Transition to the Secret Service11:07 - Joining the National Guard's 20th Special Forces Group16:00 - Writing Style and Growth as an Author20:35 - Future Writing Projects26:07 - Creation of the Character Lance Bear Wolf27:05 - Differentiating the Protagonist28:31 - Learning from Jack Carr31:27 - The Persistence of Cartels33:00 - The Octopus-Like Reach of Cartels34:23 - The Importance of Attention to Detail and Branding36:30 - Lessons Learned in Writing40:11 - The Importance of Editing and Conciseness43:08 - Learning the Publishing Side of the Business45:03 - The Changing Landscape of Publishing50:24 - The Challenges and Opportunities of Self-Publishing53:27 - The Power of Self-Publishing54:25 - The Power of Self-Publishing57:13 - The Role of Agents in Publishing59:23 - Continuing to Learn and Progress01:01:33 - The Importance of Community01:05:36 - Rapid Fire Questions01:11:04 - The Love for History and Perspectives01:14:27 - Dinner at the French Laundry01:18:19 - Don't Let Your Ego Control Your Writing01:20:24 - Book Recommendation: Shadow Sanction01:20:51 - Personal Background and California01:21:20 - Reflections on Life and Writing01:22:09 - The Importance of Reading and Writing01:23:23 - Commitment and Discipline in Writing01:24:15 - Final Thoughts and Lunch Plans01:25:15 - Writing Less Complex Stories01:26:11 - Deepening Character Development01:27:20 - The Importance of Characters in Books01:28:13 - The Role of Setting in Books01:29:10 - Recommended Book: The Spy Coast01:30:08 - Appreciating Characters and Craftsmanship01:31:10 - The Influence of Personal Experience01:32:04 - The Power of Fully Fleshed Out Characters01:33:13 - Writing in the Flow State01:34:02 - The Joy of Writing in the Flow State01:35:26 - The Benefits of Face-to-Face Interactions01:36:25 - Book Recommendation: Gangsters Don't Die01:37:39 - The Desire for More Face-to-Face Interviews01:39:07 - The Importance of Face-to-Face Interviews01:40:03 - The Impact of Face-to-Face Interactions01:41:17 - The Value of In-Person Conversationsall times are approx. Get your copy of THE POSER, starring Detective Pat Norelli, a Hollywood cop with beauty, brains & brass...casings. If you like Michael Connelly's Bosch, you'll dig Pat Norelli.THE POSER is ON SALE FOR FEBRUARY. Get an ebook for $4.95, or paperback for $13.95. Thanks for your support of this author & this podcast!
Steve Urszenyi author of Perfect Shot
46:45On today's 160th episode of The Thriller Zone, I'm happy to spend some time with debut author Steve Urszenyi as we discuss his thriller novel, Perfect Shot.Sure, we cover his experience as a writer, but be sure to listen as he shares the story behind the breathtaking opening scene, plus his reasoning behind and the process of choosing a female protagonist Alexandre Martel. As you may guess, we learn how Perfect Shot is the first book in a series featuring Alex.One of my favorite parts of this conversation is when Steve talks about his background as a paramedic and tactical medic which, as you'll quickly see, heavily influenced his writing and this story.Our conversation concludes with a discussion about Steve's agent, John Talbot, and John's role in the publishing process. Plus, you'll hear how Steve Urszenyi used his experience with PitchFest to land that "dream agent," and continues by offering some advice for aspiring writers. Yes, you may have heard this one particular advice before, but listen as to how Steve makes it seem a wee bit different. If you'd like to learn more about this debut author, visit: SteveUrszenyi.com and follow him on all social channels.Of course, you're happily invited to join us as we discuss all things thriller, mystery, and suspense at TheThrillerZone.com, as well as following us on ALL social channels @thethrillerzone. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to us at YouTube.com/thethrillerzone.Thanks for listening. Thanks for watching. And as always, be sure to tell a friend you've found "The front-row seat to the best thriller writers in the world...with TheThrillerZone.com!"---SummaryIn this episode of The Thriller Zone, host David Temple interviews debut author Steve Yerzani about his thriller novel, Perfect Shot. They discuss the process of writing the opening scene, the choice of a female protagonist, and the research involved in the book. Steve shares his background as a paramedic and tactical medic, which influenced his writing. He also talks about working with his literary agent, John Talbot, and reveals that Perfect Shot is the first book in a series featuring the protagonist Alex Martel.TakeawaysChoosing a strong opening scene can set the tone for the entire book.The choice of a female protagonist can challenge genre norms and provide a fresh perspective.Research is crucial for creating an authentic and engaging story.Drawing from personal experiences can add depth and realism to the writing.Having confidence in your own writing style and process is essential.Chapters00:00 Introduction and Background03:00 The Opening Scene and Writing Process06:00 Choosing a Female Protagonist09:01 Elevator Pitch and Plot17:33 The Importance of Research21:42 Becoming a Tactical Medic25:34 Surprising Experiences as a Paramedic28:49 Working with Literary Agent John Talbot32:08 The Alex Martel Series39:18 What's Next for Alex Martel43:00 Best Writing Advice44:39 Closing Remarks Get your copy of THE POSER, starring Detective Pat Norelli, a Hollywood cop with beauty, brains & brass...casings. If you like Michael Connelly's Bosch, you'll dig Pat Norelli.THE POSER is ON SALE FOR FEBRUARY. Get an ebook for $4.95, or paperback for $13.95. Thanks for your support of this author & this podcast!
Jack Stewart, author of Unknown Rider
57:32On today's 159th Episode of The Thriller Zone, I'm very excited to welcome Jack Stewart, author of UNKNOWN RIDER.Yes, Jack grew up dreaming of being a TOPGUN pilot, after seeing the movie that nearly catapulted Tom Cruise's career into orbit. But it was more than that; it was a love and passion for flying.Anyhow, we learn all about that in the show. And a whole lot more.So kick back and relax, and get ready to hear a story about a guy who had a dream. He followed that dream. Crafted a number of stories, until one got the attention of an agent. He landed the agent. Got a two book deal, and the rest is history.Please welcome a terrific talent, a true gentleman, and someone I'm proud to call friend. It's Jack Stewart.For more information, visit: JackStewartBooks.com, and always follow us on TheThrillerZone.com, on all podcast channels at The Thriller Zone, and on most social channels @thethrillerzone Get your copy of THE POSER, starring Detective Pat Norelli, a Hollywood cop with beauty, brains & brass...casings. If you like Michael Connelly's Bosch, you'll dig Pat Norelli.THE POSER is ON SALE FOR FEBRUARY. Get an ebook for $4.95, or paperback for $13.95. Thanks for your support of this author & this podcast!