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A very good editor is almost a collaborator.
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An awful lot of thriller writers write women rather badly. So just doing it OK gets a lot of credit.
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Be a perfectionist.
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Culture clash is terrific drama.
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For success, the author must make the reader care about the destiny of the principals, and sustain this anxiety, or suspense, for about 100,000 words.
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I don't think there's any great mystery to writing female characters, so long as you talk to them. If you lived in a monastery and never met any women, maybe it would be difficult.
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I enjoy learning technical details.
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I like to create imaginary characters and events around a real historical situation. I want readers to feel: OK, this probably didn't happen, but it might have.
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I use a professional researcher in New York who does all the legwork, all that stuff which would take me days and weeks of calling, waiting for people to call back.
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In a broad valley, at the foot of a sloping hillside, beside a clear bubbling stream, Tom was building a house.
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In my books, women often solve the problem. Even if the woman is not the hero, she's a strong character. She does change the plot. She'll often rescue the male character from some situation.
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It was the coldest winter for forty-five years. Villages in the English countryside were cut off by the snow and the Thames froze over. One day in January the Glasgow-London train arrived at Euston twenty-four hours late.
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It was the most romantic plane ever made.
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James Bond is quite serious about his drinks and clothing and cigarettes and food and all that sort of thing. There is nothing wry or amused about James Bond.
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Most of my stories have some basis in fact.
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Movies have influenced all writers, not just thriller writers.
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My favorite period is World War II, and I'm in the middle of writing my fourth novel set in that era.
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The CIA is still pathologically secretive. We know much more about the KGB. God knows what the CIA has done.
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The CIA's research program is described in a book called The Search for the Manchurian Candidate.
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The research is the easiest. The outline is the most fun. The first draft is the hardest, because every word of the outline has to be fleshed out. The rewrite is very satisfying.
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The thriller is the most popular literary genre of the 20th century.
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There was a very serious communist strain among American intellectuals before the war. America was a more tolerant place in those days, and Communists were not treated as pariahs. That ended with the McCarthy era.
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Thrillers have been traditionally very masculine books; the women characters often rather decorative.
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We all now tell stories by cutting from one dramatic scene to the next, whereas Victorian novelists felt free to write long passages of undramatic summary.
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When I'm writing a woman character, I don't think, 'What would a woman do?' I just think, 'What would this character do in this situation?'
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With hindsight, we see that the Soviet Union never had a chance of world domination, but we didn't know that then.
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World War II is the greatest drama in human history, the biggest war ever and a true battle of good and evil. I imagine writers will continue to get stories from it, and readers will continue to love them, for many more years.
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