For Those Who Asked
As you may have noticed, since I say it every five minutes on the show, I’m a novelist. It’s the fulfillment of a lifelong dream for me; literally what I’ve always wanted to do.
I remember the moment I learned to read, when the squiggles became a code I code break, and I could suddenly see Spot run. That was it, man, I was hooked, and I have been ever since. I was the kid reading under the covers with a flashlight, the one who sat in the back row of class so he could devour a fantasy novel instead of pay attention.
Now I consider it one of the real blessings of my life that I get email from readers, people I don’t know, who tell me that one of my books caused them to miss their train stop, or that I owe them a night’s sleep.
And since the show first aired, a number of you have been kind enough to say you’d like to read one of my books, and have asked which to start with.
First off, thank you.
The quick response is that you can read any of them. All the books stand on their own, so whichever fires your pilot light is the way to go. You can find a brief description of each of them here.
All five of the books got votes, but two clear winners emerged.
The first is THE BLADE ITSELF, which was my debut. It’s the story of two friends who undertake a robbery that goes desperately wrong. One of them escapes, and builds a new life for himself. The other goes to maximum security prison. But seven years later, he’s out, and he’s looking for a little payback…
The second is GOOD PEOPLE. In this one, two regular people find a large amount of cash in their tenant’s apartment. It seems like a fairytale ending; they’re in tough financial straits, and the money could solve everything for them. But as Tom and Anna Reed are about to learn, fairytale endings never come cheap…
Obviously, I hope you like the show on it’s own merits. But if you do decide to try one of the books, drop me a line and let me know what you thought. I’d love to hear from you.
Meanwhile, enjoy this week’s episode, in the Florida Keys. We had a blast making it, and it’s turned out to be a real favorite of everyone involved.
By the way, I’ll be live Tweeting during the episode. Got questions, comments, thoughts on the nature of life? Join the conversation. Follow me on Twitter, or just search the #HiddenCity tag.