Cameras rolling on BOSCH

I was working in LA a couple weeks back when Michael Connelly invited me to visit the set of his TV show, BOSCH, for a couple hours. I’ve known Michael for a more than a decade now, but my history with him as an influence goes back well beyond that — when my first...

Michael’s 10 Favorite Halloween-Season Reads

I’ve been kicking this project around for a while, either for my own social media sites, or for the wonderful new site, The Life Sentence, which I think is an absolute gem. With THE RIDGE, the most recent of my outright-supernatural thrillers due for a handsome new...

Blog: Where Ideas Come From

One of the things any writer hears often, probably the most-asked question unless you are speaking to writing students, in which case it has to do with finding agents or publishers, is along the lines of “How do you get your ideas?” Some people have been to enough...

What Are You Doing, Writing a Book?

Sept 29 was the release of the mass market edition of THE PROPHET, which, I have to say, looks handsome in its new jacket. I like the imagery – the empty football field under the lights, a dark unknown town somewhere beyond. That suits the tone I had in mind opening...

The Prophet Playlist

I write to music, and below are some of the songs that made the regular playlist while I wrote The Prophet. Although always influenced by music, I felt this novel was perhaps unusually connected to certain songs, and I’m grateful to the artists who provided them....

Behind the Book: A Look into Private Investigation

My history with this week’s Behind the Book interview goes back to high school — Don Johnson gamely agreed to mentor me in an independent study program in private investigation. Later I began part-time work with him, and when I graduated from college...