Friday, June 02, 2006

A Thrilling Night
(aka the lamest post title ever)

Last night I went to the opening event of the THRILLER book tour at the Lincoln Ceter B&N. Present were the following authors:
M.J. Rose (author of The Delilah Complex and The Venus Fix)
James Siegel (author of Derailed and Detour)
Eric Van Lustbader (author of The Bourne Legacy and the Nicholas Linnear novels)
F. Paul Wilson (author of the "Repairman Jack" series)

They spoke at length about the new anthology and the inception of the International Thriller Writers organization (which I'm a proud member of). Good crowd, great energy, lots of interesting tidbits about how the stories were conceived and written. And thanks to F. Paul Wilson, I'll never look at a Duane Reade the same way again (and what's with his parents naming him 'F.'? That's just cruel).

The anthology was published by MIRA (which is also my publisher), and they were out in full force. I got to chat with my editor about my current revisions, met folks from MIRA's publicity and sales departments, as well as their editorial director. Everyone was incredibly nice, and I could tell they were excited about my book. That gave me a warm, fuzzy feeling.

And like any book signing, there were a couple of crazy people present to make it a little more entertaining. Like the first crazy guy (CG1), who looked like John Goodman in "The Big Lebowski", and had this insightful "question":

CG1: I'm sick of all these stories about white girls being stalked. What's up with that?

F. Paul Wilson: Um...I'm not sure what you mean.

CG1: It seems like every story is about some white girl being chased.

M.J. Rose: Actually, there's not a single story in the anthology like that. And I don't think any of the authors up here have written a book with that premise.

CG1: Yeah, but it's like all you see in the movies and on t.v. these days.

Eric Van Lustbader: Well we can't be held accountable for what they put on television and in the movies. We write novels.

CG1: But isn't there something we can do to stop it?

Everyone: Umm...

Or this great exchange with CG2 (Crazy Guy 2):

CG2: Mr. Van Lustbader, have you ever thought about taking your Nicholas Linnear books and setting them somewhere other than Japan? Like say, India?

Eric Van Lustbader: Well right now I'm writing the new Jason Bourne book, and to be honest I haven't had the desire to revisit Linnear. Japan just doesn't hold the same fascination for me it once did.

CG2: Yeah, but that's why you should set it in India. You know, the clash of cultures and everything.

Eric Van Lustbader: I don't have any plans to do that.

CG2: But it'd be interesting, right? Why not give it a shot?

Eric Van Lustbader: I'll think about it.

CG2: You do that.

After the event, I went to Shun Lee for dinner with the MIRA books crew, M.J. Rose and her agent, Sarah Weinman, and Book Reporter's Carol Fitzgerald. I heard a whole bunch of interesting/horrifying publishing scoop, learned that there are indeed salacious publishing trysts that don't involve Judith Regan, and also found out the REAL reason why Brad and Jen broke up (Jen, how could you???). Everyone was friendly, accomodating, enthusiastic, and it makes me even more excited to be publishing with MIRA.

All in all a terrific night. And I'll be done revising THE MARK over the weekend. Good times all around.

Oh, and buy THRILLER.

Read Wednesday's post to find out what terrible fate awaits you if you don't...

P.S. There's funny, and then there's Johnny Drama's "official" acting resume.

7 Comments:

Blogger Vicki Pettersson said...

Sheesh, talk about suspense.
For God's sake, man -- what did Jen do???

12:21 PM  
Blogger December Quinn said...

I KNOW, Vicki! Just like a man to leave us hanging like that.

Oh, that resume made me laugh so hard I had tears in my eyes.

4:30 PM  
Blogger Bryon Quertermous said...

Man, I'm so jealous. The only book people who ever come to Flint are the self-published wackos who can't get into the bookstores in Detroit or Ann Arbor and Mitch Albom.

10:13 AM  
Blogger Jason said...

I heard that Mitch Albom is actually a pseudonym for Brad Thor.

10:24 AM  
Blogger Allison Brennan said...

Jason, you make me want to move to NY.

6:52 PM  
Blogger Jason said...

Why thanks, Allison (BTW I'm quite flattered to have a New York Times bestselling author comment on my blog!).

I'm assuming you want to move to NY because I make it sound like a fun and exciting place, full of adventure and mystery. Not because you have some nefarious plan in mind that will lead to my demise.

11:09 PM  
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