Sunday, December 18, 2016

Robert Ellis: John Truby on Robert Ellis

John Truby, Screenwriter, Director, Lecturer, Author

"If you want a master class in how to write strong narrative drive, especially on how to weave a complex but intense plot, take a look at the novels of Robert Ellis. Everyone of them is just fantastic. Again, what you want to look for -- get under the surface, go under the hood and see how he's doing it. What you'll see are some of exactly the same techniques we talked about today, like the intense desire line of the hero, like having more than one opponent, including a main opponent who is responding to what the hero does. Again and again, he uses all of these techniques and the payoff is tremendous."

                        -- John Truby, Narrative Drive Webinar, 2016

Amazon Link to CITY OF ECHOES


Monday, December 12, 2016


Hi All,

I've posted a new E-Letter to say thank you to everyone who's read the Matt Jones novels this year and stood behind me. You can read it here ...

Thank You! E-Letter!

Happy New Year!


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Robert Ellis: CITY OF ECHOES, The Depravity

Matt couldn’t believe the depravity.
        He couldn’t believe what he was seeing, and wondered if he was even awake. A thought surfaced. The seven Ps carved into Virgil’s forehead, each one removed by an angel as he passed through the seven terraces of the seven deadly sins. And then something else came to mind. The girl’s father was traveling from Chicago to L.A. tonight. For whatever reason, the doctor, the grief collector, was planning to take another human being’s soul and break it open like an egg...

-- Robert Ellis, CITY OF ECHOES

Much thanks to Amazon's price cut from $6.99 to $1.99! Limited time only! Happy Holiday!


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Robert Ellis: THE LOVE KILLINGS, The Late Night Call

Matt’s cell phone started vibrating. Digging it out of his pocket, he knew that at this hour the caller could be only one of two people. As he read his new supervisor’s name on the face, Lt. Howard McKensie from Hollywood Homicide, his heart quickened.

Matt had been cleared for active duty just two days ago by his doctors at USC Medical Center and by an LAPD psychiatrist working out of the Behavioral Science Section in Chinatown.

McKensie cleared his throat, his voice rough and ready. “Why aren’t you sleeping, Jones? It’s two in the fucking morning and you’re not sleeping. This is what worries me about you.”

Matt glanced back at the wildfire. “Everybody’s up, Lieutenant. The canyon’s on fire.”

“Your place gonna burn?”

“Doesn’t look like it, unless the wind changes.”

“Good,” McKensie said. “Then I need to see you in my office ASAP.”

Matt stood up. “You’ve got something for me already? A new case?”

“Yeah, Jones. It looks like you’ve caught a new case.”

                               Robert Ellis, THE LOVE KILLINGS

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