What is the order of the Myron Bolitar novels?
Deal Breaker, Drop Shot, Fade Away, Back Spin, One False Move, The Final
Detail, and Darkest Fear. After that, we have Tell No One, Gone
For Good and No Second Chance.
Will you write another Myron Bolitar novel?
There is an old Yiddish expression: Man plans and God laughs. So yes, I plan
on bringing Myron back, but I really cant say when. I wont force it.
When I finish a book, I am the emptiest of vessels. If the next story that
comes to me will work for Myron, then hell tell it. If not, then hell
stay silent. My guess is, Myron and the gang will return, but in a very
different way. Its difficult (and probably bad) to go backwards.
Where and when were you born?
January 4, 1962 in Livingston, New Jersey. Yes, thats the same town where
Myron Bolitar and Will Klein were born and raised. I still live in New Jersey.
Where did you go to school?
Livingston High School class of 80, Amherst College class of 1984.
Are any of the characters based on real people in your life?
Not really, no. Win is loosely based on my college roommate, though in real
life, he is less, er, psychotic than his fictional counterpart.
Where do you get your ideas?
Its a corny cliché, but anything can stimulate an idea. The hard part is,
recognizing which ideas will work and developing that idea into a workable
story. An idea is not a plot. An idea is not a novel. Turning it into a story
thats where the real work comes in.
What about the books Play Dead and Miracle Cure? Did you
Yes, in my youthmy early to mid-twentiesI wrote Play Dead, a novel
of romantic suspense, I guess, and Miracle Cure, which is more a medical
thriller. They are currently out of print. I have the rights back and right
now have no concrete plans to re-release them. But one day, theyll be baaaack.
Whats up with Hollywood? Any word on movies or TV shows based on the
Hollywood is a tricky animal and one a novelist is best keeping at arms
length. At the same time, Id love to see something made. Well try to
update you on the latest rumors. Go to www.harlancoben.com for more
Will you come to talk at our school, library, conference, etc?
Because of time constraints, family obligations and workloads, the number
of appearances I do is limited. If you wish to make a request, you can send it
Our book club is reading one of your books. Any suggested questions?
Actually, here is one where Id love your help. If someone has some helpful
questions, Id be happy to post them here. I can tell you that the themes I
love best involve familythe ties and bonds we all know. I enjoy stories
where the past reverberates and sends shock waves to the present. I enjoy
novels about old secrets and missing people who may still be alive, about
loss, about redemption. That should get your started!
How can I get an autographed copy? Can it be personalized?
The best way is to come to a book-signing, of course, but I realize that this
is often difficult. What you can do is order a copy from Bookends in
New Jersey, telephone 201-445-0726 or email Bkends@aol.com. Tell them what you
want and they will do their best to take care of you. Yes, I will personalize,
write Happy Birthday or Happy Mothers Day or whatever. I try to stop in to the
store and fill the orders once a week or so. Unfortunately, I cannot
accept books sent to my home or publisher. Thanks for understanding.
Do you have a favorite book of the ones youve written?
Im going to trot out another cliché. The books are like my children. Its
hard and probably wrong to pick favorites.
Do you outline? Do you know the ending before you begin?
I dont outline. I usually know the ending before I start. I know very
little about what happens in between. Its like driving from New Jersey to
California. I may go Route 80, I may go via the Straits of Magellan or
stopover in Tokyo
but Ill end up in California.
Do you read and reply to every email yourself?
The answer is yes and a slower yes (yeeeeeeeessssss?). I read them all. I am
waaaay behind in answering them.
How do I get published?
My advice would be to NOT try to market or sell your novel until it is done. I
mean, completely done, done done, fully-finished and ready to go, and a few
other redundant phrases like that. Sorry, for obvious reasons, I cant read
manuscripts or recommend an agent. I do suggest that you find an agent. There
are many sources for that (the Writers Market is one). Then write the
agents a fabulous one-page query letter that reads like the greatest flap copy
in history. Make them hunger for more.