MIKE PACE Thriller Writer

6 Reasons Why You Should Read Stephen King’s IT

  Stephen King’s IT is the bridesmaid of King’s novels. On every list ranking King’s novels, IT always comes in as number 2 or 3 — never number 1. To me it’s King’s best novel. Quick synopsis: It’s 1958 and something evil is preying on the children of Derry, Maine. A group of seven kids,…

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The Scariest Part

As a father of three, what scared me was the core theme of my book, One to Go: Would I really do anything to save my child? It’s very easy to respond, “Of course. A parent would do anything to protect his children.” But put yourself in Tom Booker’s shoes. Texting while driving, Tom causes…

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February, that Crappy Little Month

The 1986 drama, “The Color of Money,” with Paul Newman and Tom Cruise (and directed by Martin Scorsese, based on a novel by Walter Tevis, who I mentioned in a previous blog) has a line in it that I’ve always remembered.   After Vincent (Cruise) misinterprets something Fast Eddie (Newman) says, the older star clarifies:…

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Déjà Vu

Déjà Vu is a Classic Rock album by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young featuring such iconic songs as: Woodstock, Our House, Carry On and Teach Your Children. It’s also a weird phenomenon that has rattled most all of us.   Déjà vu, is French for “already seen.” It’s that dizzying, momentary flash of, “I’ve been…

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Out-of-the-Box Characters

The traditional plot model–setting, setup, lots of rising action all culminating in a story’s climax and resolution—is not too different from how many of us see our lives; we are the protagonists of our own narrative.   Modernist writers like Virginia Woolf and Ezra Pound, and postmodern writers including Vladimir Nabokov, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and…

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La Zona del Silencio

Have you ever had a strange feeling about a place you couldn’t immediately identify? Perhaps you felt it at that eerie abandoned plaza of a once-bustling town, or maybe you had a general sense of foreboding when you hit a particular stretch of land while walking through the sprawling acreage of a wilderness.   You…

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Wildies

Some of the best movies of the past three decades came from the successful writing partnership of Joel and Ethan Coen, responsible for “No Country for Old Men,” “The Big Lebowski,” and “Fargo,” among an impressively long list.   When discussing their writing process in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, they mentioned an interesting…

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DETROIT SCHADENFREUDE

A federal judge just recently approved Detroit’s use of the bankruptcy laws to deal with the city’s staggering financial problems. This ruling will allow the city the freedom to pay pennies on the dollar to its creditors, and to significantly reduce its current and long term employee pension obligations. The decision is but the latest…

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4th Grade Lesson

When I was in the fourth grade, I was asked to help write a short Christmas play. (This pre-dated the ban on the reference to Christmas in schools). I fell in love with storytelling.   This affinity for simple, straight-forward narrative has helped me throughout my professional and personal life.   When I served as…

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