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Dean Koontz brings 'relentless' suspense to the beaches this summer
The Dean of Scream Dean Koontz hits the beaches this summer with another instant #1 bestseller, Relentless (Bantam; June, 2009). Appearing at a 2008 BookExpo America 'Meet the Bestsellers' with fellow mega-selling author Michael Connelly, Koontz talked about his life, inspirations and work with USA Today book critic Carol Memmott, beginning with his impoverished childhood and humble early writing career dating back to the 1960s and resulting in over 100 novels, comics, and children's books with over 400 million copies in print. Koontz then revealed secrets of his writing process; the significance of the theme of good vs. evil; and the challenges he faces developing characters for a series. Koontz went on to pay tribute to his dog Trixie, who credits with changing his life, and the subject of his non-fiction children's book series Bliss and a new 2010 calendar edition titled Bliss To You (Andrews McMeel Publishing; July, 2009) on the heels of Relentless. after a brief discussion of his role in marketing his books and use of state-of-the-art communications technologies, Koontz wrapped his interview with Carol Memmott with a description of his 2008 bestseller, Your Heart Belongs To Me. Taking questions from the audience, Koontz weighed in on the significance of horror vs. suspense genre labels; his involvement in Hollywood productions of his novels; developing plot structure; where he gets his inspiration; how much of his writing is autobiographical Details In Fiction; what he likes to read; the significance of his mother and female heroism in his novels; his editor's editing process; and insights into his use of real people to create characters for his novels.

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Brad Meltzer heads for the beaches with Superman, Cain, Abel, and 'The Book Of Lies': Bestselling author of graphic and traditional novels, and television screenwriter Brad Meltzer ties the themes of Superman, Cain and Abel together in his latest big book, 'The Book Of Lies.'

Michael Connelly's 'Scarecrow' is landing on beaches near you: Bestselling crime fiction author Michael Connelly talks about his life, his work, his characters.

David Baldacci heads for the beaches with 'First Family': Radio show host and author of seven books Lewis Burke Frumkes interviews lawyer turned bestselling novelist David Baldacci.

Baldacci, Connelly, Koontz, Meltzer and Sparks et al head for the beaches: David Baldacci, Michael Connelly, Dean Koontz, Brad Meltzer, Nicholas Sparks and a boatload of bestselling authors bring thrills, chills, and true love to the beaches this summer.

Stay tuned as authors pack their bags and head for BookExpo America, May 29-31: Tens of thousands of 'bookies' and nearly a thousand bestselling and emerging authors for all age groups and interests converge at New York City's Jacob Javits Convention Center for the annual BookExpo America, May 29-31.

Scott McClellan pushes back against 'the permanent campaign' and 'win-at-all-costs' Republicans: The former Press Secretary for President George W. Bush, Scott McClellan tells 'what happened' inside the Bush White House wracked by Katrina, the Valerie Plame affair, and Abu Ghraib.

Carl Hiaasen's golf comeback is overcome by bufo toads, monkeys, rats, and a runaway golf cart: Bestselling author and Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen, master of mirth and mystery, unravels the myths and mystique of golfing.

Rick Atkinson salutes Lucian K. Truscott and the men and women who liberated Italy: Pulitzer Prize winning historian and Washington Post reporter Rick Atkinson presents the second installment in his Liberation Trilogy, which began with the bestseller at the 2008 National Book Festival.

Alexander McCall Smith takes unconventional approach to his 'traditionally built' novels: Bestselling author of No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series Alexander McCall Smith, wearing his trademark Scottish kilt, apologizes for the lack of action in his novels and promises more cake and tea to make everyone feel better.

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