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Daniel Silva spills top secrets for writers of fast-paced spy thrillers
If you're one of tens of thousands sitting on a beach this summer reading one of the latest Daniel Silva thrillers, The Messenger (Signet paperback; July, 2007) or The Secret Servant (Putnam hardcover; July, 2007), trying to figure out 'how he does it,' take note. Silva spilled some of his top secrets for successful spy thriller writing, including how to develop character, plot, and fast-paced action, during an interview with NPR book critic Maureen Corrigan at the 2006 National Book Festival. Fielding questions from the audience, Silva tipped his hand on who his favorite writer is and, in naming his favorite thriller novel, appeared to catch the audience by surprise. Looking past his current mega-sellers (The Messenger currently sits at #1 on independent bookstores' lists, while The Secret Servant is #3 on independent lists, and #18 on the New York Times list), Silva analyzed the possibility of writing a novel about the terrorist organization Hezbollah and the Middle East; gave additional hints about his writing process; reflected on the influence of news media on his writing; and confessed to the cardinal sin of re-writing novels after they have gone to the printer. Of course, his publishers forgive him. He is, after all, a perfectionist.

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Buy-buy, Harry Potter: The seventh and final book in the Harry Potter series brings midnight madness to bookstores across America; Jim Dale, 'the voice of Harry Potter,' hits the road

Walter Mosley offers brief glimpses of 'the devil' in him: Award-winning mystery writer Walter Mosley is interviewed by publishing veteran Nora Rawlinson on what it takes to be an author and start writing your novel this year.

Julia Glass exposes truth about fiction at National Book Festival: National Book Award winning author Julia Glass exposes deeper truths in fiction and poetry that show us who we are

Larry Flynt says sex and lies in politics 'a bit much' in 2004; now offers $1 million for more: Hustler magazine founder Larry Flynt tweaks Congressional hypocrites 'who advocate one thing and do another' with $1 million offer

Jennifer Egan and Roy Blount, Jr., offer contrasting perspectives on written vs. spoken words: Two bestselling authors talk about their work with contrasting perspectives on going audio.

Khaled Hosseini shines light on Afghan women in new bestselling novel, 'A Thousand Splendid Suns': Khaled Hosseini talks about his writing career, his two bestselling novels, women's issues and Afghanistan after 9/11 at BookExpo America 2007

Judy Blume, LL Cool J, Richard Russo lead parade of 1,052 author autographings at BookExpo America: Judy Blume, LL Cool J, and Richard Russo are among 1,052 authors to introduce their books to over 30,000 booksellers and book publishing execs at BookExpo America 2007

BookExpo America preview: Alan Greenspan booked to kick-off industry's annual marathon: Every year they swarm like locusts on some unsuspecting city in the U.S.A. This year over 30,000 book industry professionals will appear in New York City, June 1-3, for readings, lectures, and panels and a fair amount of partying to celebrate new books by over 1,000 of America's best-loved authors, including Khaled Hosseini, Ann Patchett, Garry B. Trudeau, Jodi Picoult, Paul Krugman, Mary and Carol Higgins Clark, Deepak Chopra, R.L. Stine, Zane, James Patterson, Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

Eliza Griswold reports from Afghanistan, Iraq, Indonesia, Malaysia; finds poetry in strange places: A Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard university and the recipient of the first Robert I. Friedman Prize in Investigative Journalism, poet/journalist Eliza Griswold talks about discovering universal truths in individual stories from some of the darkest corners of the world, and offers the poetry of hope in human struggles to survive.

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