I've very excited about returning to the Pequot Library in Southport, Connecticut! Half of the first Lena Gamble novel, CITY OF FIRE, was written at a table in this library! Hope to see you there! Sunday, November 19th, 4-6 pm.
OMG! I just read CITY OF ECHOES and THE LOVE KILLINGS back to back for the
third time. I took notes and have started writing my first novel, but can't
seem to get anything done. Running errands that don't need to be run, cleaning
closets that don't need to be cleaned ... You're working on your eighth novel,
the next Detective Matt Jones thriller, so I'm sure you know where I'm going
with all this. I've spent two weeks doing everything except writing. Is this
writer's block? And if so, how do I get rid of it so I can start and finish my
ROBERT: T. Jefferson Parker once told me that the way
to keep cool while writing is to realize that it's only possible to write one
page at a time. So my advice is to take a deep breath and think about what
Parker is saying. One page at a time. Once you come to(!), you need to trust
the research you've done, and your story's outline. But even more, keep in mind
that a chapter is only one small block, usually just a single idea, in the
building of your finished work.
ECHOES is an epic thriller. The last third of the novel is laced with twists
and turns. My readers expect this when they sit down with any of my novels, so
I'm always looking for ways to make sure the reading experience is as intense
as possible. This means that for any single novel, I'm actually writing three.
In CITY OF ECHOES there is the world as it appears to Matt, the world that it
could possibly be, and then with the resolution, the world as it really is.
Lifting the veil between the way the opponent wants Matt to see the crime, and
Matt's discovery of what actually happened -- making all that work is always
the big challenge, but also, the most rewarding part of writing.
If you trust
your research and your outline, I think you'll find that your writer's block is
nothing more than a distant memory.
for fans of Michael Connelly: A grisly kill on Hollywood Boulevard leads homicide
detective Matt Jones down an intense path of corruption and violence in this
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STARRED REVIEW. In
Ellis’s scorching sequel to City of Fire
(2007), LAPD robbery and homicide detective Lena Gamble is surprised when she’s
handed a particularly horrific murder case. Her trusted supervisor, Lt. Frank
Barrera, even warns her that it may be a trap. A dismembered female body found
in a dumpster in Hollywood offers little in the way of clues until an anonymous
witness delivers the Jane Doe’s driver’s license and a flash drive showing the
victim’s kidnapping. Gamble follows every lead even when her own bosses spy on
her and warn her off investigating the son of a powerful pharmaceutical company
owner and a physician who knew the dead woman. Finding the missing witness
before the killer finds her may be Gamble’s only hope of solving this deliciously
twisted crime novel in which nothing is what it appears to be.
masterfully in both playing fair and pulling surprise after surprise in a story
that feels like a runaway car plunging down a mountain road full of
DEAD ROOM is your most popular novel. More writers have ripped off this title
than any book I've ever heard of, including the romance writer, Heather Graham,
who should have known better. A movie came out last year, a really bad movie,
ripping off the title. In my bookstore, THE DEAD ROOM by Robert Ellis, is still
the best selling thriller they've ever had on their shelves. Did you expect this
kind of success when you wrote this novel?
you had asked this question last week or even last month or last year, I would
have said that THE DEAD ROOM was definitely my most popular novel. But now,
with CITY OF ECHOES and THE LOVE KILLINGS, that's just not true anymore! CITY
OF ECHOES and THE LOVE KILLINGS are actually a single story that took two books
to tell. Once everybody figured it out, these two novels caught fire and
changed everything for me.
Don't get me
wrong, the Lena Gamble novels are my most critically acclaimed work to date,
and I'm so proud to have created these stories and this wonderful female
detective. If I was writing detective fiction like Michael Connelly, I would
have continued with Lena's character until the end. But I write thrillers, not
detective stories. Thrillers work and move so much differently, and it's just
not possible to continue with a single character for very long. Once a
character gains experience, they lose vulnerability, which is the key to anyone
who writes and reads and loves a great thriller. While I may find a way to work
Lena back into a story with Detective Matt Jones or even the defense attorney,
Teddy Mack, someday in the future, it's still not on the map.
back to THE DEAD ROOM, I believe that in crime fiction there are only a few
writers pushing the genre forward. I dedicated THE DEAD ROOM to my father
because he introduced me to one of them, Thomas Harris, and his masterpiece,
RED DRAGON. THE DEAD ROOM will alwaysbe
special for me because it was more or less an attempt to push the ball one step
further up the mountain. From the overwhelming response, we succeeded. But even
more, the story is set outside Philadelphia in the towns and neighborhoods
where I grew up, so it feels very personal. And then, of course, LAPD Detective
Matt Jones brings it all back in THE LOVE KILLINGS by returning to Philadelphia
for another series of particularly gruesome
murders in places I walked as a child and young man.
THE DEAD ROOM will always
be special, but right now, everything on the stove has come to a boil because
of CITY OF ECHOES and THE LOVE KILLINGS. While some critics believe that the
Lena Gamble novels, CITY OF FIRE, THE LOST WITNESS, and MURDER SEASON are my
best work, LAPD Detective Matt Jones in CITY OF ECHOES and THE LOVE KILLINGS
are my two favorites right now. And yes, I'm working on Matt Jones's third case
as we speak and it's going well!