A Hell of a Ride

Boundary Waters was the second book in a two-book contract that included Iron Lake. When Pocket Books (now Atria Books, a division of Simon and Schuster) bought the books, they knew nothing about the second book.  I didn’t even have a title for it, only a vague idea. Contractually I was obligated at some point … Read more

First Born

Even those of you without children will probably understand this. You want to be proud of your children.  You want your children to be strong and go out into the world capable of standing against adversity.  And selfishly, you want your children to represent you well, to bring honor to your name, and in doing … Read more

The Journey Begins

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. I took the first step this past week. For anyone who missed my initial blog entry, here’s the deal.  I’ve embarked on a journey this summer that will involve a first for me—rereading all the books in the Cork O’Connor series.  My perspective has always … Read more

A book, we all know, is a journey.

It’s a journey for the characters involved in the story.  From the opening sentence to the final line, what happens on the pages between changes them.  At the end, they may not be any better off, any richer or wiser, but if it’s a good book, what the characters have experienced has made them different … Read more