Posts By: Paul Levine

James Patterson: Writing the “Unputdownable” Novel

James Patterson

James Patterson, the world’s bestselling author, doesn’t do a lot of interviews, so when he does, writers of commercial fiction pay attention. Even if you’re not a fan of Patterson’s fast-paced thrillers, his concise suggestions in the current “Fast Company” are worth reading. James Patterson’s Rules In shorthand form, here are James Patterson’s rules for…

Continue Reading James Patterson: Writing the “Unputdownable” Novel »

Read More

Jake Lassiter: Flirting with Disbarment

BlogHoldingImage

Jake Lassiter faces disbarment in “Last Chance Lassiter,” the prequel to the ten-book series featuring the Miami Dolphins linebacker turned trouble-prone lawyer. In the novella, a young Lassiter – a few years out of night law school – slugs a client. Why? The transcript of his Bar Disciplinary Hearing answers the question, as he spars…

Continue Reading Jake Lassiter: Flirting with Disbarment »

Read More

Pulitzer Prizes 2014: Snowden Gets the Last Laugh

Pulitzer Prize

By Paul Levine… The 2014 Pulitzer Prizes were announced today, and I’m trying to take a nuanced approach…but I’m getting angry. The Washington Post and the Guardian U.S. shared the public service award for their publication and analysis of documents revealing the National Security Agency’s global surveillance program. The stories were, of course, based on documents…

Continue Reading Pulitzer Prizes 2014: Snowden Gets the Last Laugh »

Read More

How I Killed The Miami Herald’s Tropic Magazine

The Miami Herald building

By Paul Levine The official story: there just weren’t enough ads for maternity jeans. I’m talking about the death of Tropic Magazine, which appeared every Sunday in The Miami Herald from October 1967 to December 1998. The magazine won three Pulitzers, published Dave Barry, John Katzenbach, and Carl Hiaasen, among others, and invented Miami’s strangest…

Continue Reading How I Killed The Miami Herald’s Tropic Magazine »

Read More

Mystery Writers Find Truth in Fiction

mystery writers have books

By Paul Levine Mystery writers are hit with this question all the time. “Where do you get your ideas?” “I steal them,” I usually reply. Sounds flippant, but it’s true. I’ve often stolen – or borrowed – real people and events for my fictional legal thrillers. My first novel, “To Speak for the Dead,” involved…

Continue Reading Mystery Writers Find Truth in Fiction »

Read More