Use of Profanity in Writing Thrillers

The use of profanity is a challenge for all thriller writers. Because thrillers usually involve really bad characters, the temptation is to write dialogue for them which mirrors the way real bad guys talk. Unfortunately, real bad guys (and many real good guys) can season each sentence with a half dozen F-bombs. No reader wants…

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Launch Day

Last night I celebrated launch day for Dead Light with friends at a surprise party organized by my amazing wife, Anne. Tonight she and I will open a 27 year old bottle of Amarone I’ve been saving for years, waiting for a special occasion. I’m a little worried about waiting so long on the wine.…

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THILLER IDEAS AS CLOSE AS TODAY’S NEWSPAPER

THRILLER IDEAS AS CLOSE AS TODAY’S NEWSPAPER     More on the subject of: How do writers get their ideas? The answer is, we look around. To illustrate that ideas are as close as the morning newspaper, I’ve randomly selected the March 25, 2013 edition of the Washington Post. Let’s look for ideas in each…

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Idea for DEAD LIGHT

With the April 4, 2013 launch date of Dead Light approaching, a number of people have asked how I got the idea for the book. The story began as a screenplay entitled, The Flickering. The germ of the idea for the screenplay came from my Hollywood manager and friend, Rob Kesler. Rob had read about Vicary’s 1957 experiment with…

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National Cathedral / Earthquake

The Washington National Cathedral serves as the setting for key scenes in my upcoming book, One to Go. If you visit the Washington area, I recommend adding the Cathedral to your list of sites to visit. No matter your religion (or absence thereof) the structure is a testament to thousands of dedicated men and women…

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A Tribute to Thriller Master, Steve Berry

I’m a latecomer to the work of best-seller thriller writer Steve Berry, but am now a big fan. Currently reading both THE TEMPLAR LEGACY and THE PARIS VENDETTA. Steve’s writing is  exhaustively researched, and his work informs as well as entertains. After a few more of his books I’m certain I’ll have acquired sufficient credit for a…

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Launching a New Mike Pace Website!

Welcome to the first blog entry on my new site. Many thanks to Steve Bennett and his staff at AuthorBytes for their amazing work on the site. Gearing up for the April 4 launch of Dead Light.  Gratified by positive early reviews and hope you will like it. Have been asked if upcoming books will…

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