I've always been fascinated by the Gold Coast. The homes themselves are spectacular, unlike anything you'll see other than in Newport, Bar Harbor or Palm Beach. It's a very special area that, because of local demographics, is not going to survive much longer.
You have to go out of your way as a suspense novelist to find situations where the protagonists are somewhat helpless and in real danger.
Writing doesn't leave much time for hobbies, unless you consider that I began writing as a hobby and have made the hobby into a profession.
There is no terra incognito left.
The world has gotten smaller and more accessible since I first started writing in the 70's.
It's much different today than it was during the Cold War. The CIA is not the subject of many books anymore. But that might change, because of international terrorism and Red China.
I read 'Time', 'Newsweek' and 'The Economist'.
I had a very strong desire to be successful at something.
G.I. humor is similar to cop humor.
I think it's more difficult now to write a spy thriller with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Many authors have tried, but few have succeeded in capturing the interest of readers.
Even the most radical Islamic terrorist would not want to see the revered holy city of Medina go up. It would be like losing the Vatican in Rome.
Chemical and biological attacks are scary and will kill a lot of people but dont rise to the level of nuclear.
I don't like mysteries, which is why I want to solve them. It bothers me that there are things I don't know.
I sometimes use some personality traits to fashion part of a character. Most of my characters are composites of either people I know or people in the public eye.
How you handle life depends a lot on how you handle plan B, or if you have a plan B.
Most of my books are about contemporary subjects, and the world changes so fast that I'm lucky when events haven't overtaken the book I'm writing at the moment.
There are Mafia families that have bought magnificent houses on the North Shore, although not yet the great estates because they don't want that kind of high profile.
I do write my manuscripts by hand, in pencil on legal pads. Then they are typed on a word processor by my typist.
I like the process of pencil and paper as opposed to a machine. I think the writing is better when it's done in handwriting.
Absolutely breathtaking, nail-biting, and edge-of-your-seat. Michael Koryta is a master at maintaining suspense and a hell of a good writer. THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD is one of the best chase-and-escape novels you'll read this year-or any other year. The pace never lets up.
"made me promise to cut down on the drinking and swearing, which I have. Unfortunately, this has left me dim-witted and nearly speechless.
I try to use short sentences, short paragraphs and short chapters to keep the reader's interest.
Somehow our devils are never quite what we expect when we meet them face to face.
If everyone howled at every injustice, every act of barbarism, every act of unkindness, then we would be taking the first step towards a real humanity.
We're all pilgrims on the same journey but some pilgrims have better road maps.
I thought to myself, what is everyone's worst fear? Nuclear terrorism in America.
Stephen King once told me he liked my writing. And that was great.
It's good to stay as close to real life as you can, and then kind of dress it up.
...the most common cause of death among alpha males was ego.
A lot of our perception of history is influenced by inaccurate movies.
I generally unwind by having dinner with close friends.
Ernest Hemingway was the author I drew inspiration from.
I turned to the Times crossword puzzle and asked Kate, "What's the definition of a moderate Arab?" "I don't know." "A guy who ran out of ammunition.
I used the pen name because I knew I wanted to write better novels under my own name someday,
Panic--a deep abiding, free-floating anxiety, often without any reason or logical basis.
I was trained in Army Intelligence, but spent most of my army career in the infantry. But like many people of my generation, I was very much caught up in the Cold War, and books and movies about espionage.
The meaning of life has not much to do with good and evil, right and wrong, duty, honor, country, or any of that. It has to do with cutting the right deal.
Job happiness is directly proportional to the distance you are from the home office.
Everyone looked pensive, which is good cover-up for clueless.