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Into the Badlands

When I first caught the fever, in those formative years between Cub Scouts and Clearasil, I would save my money all week (quite often my lunch money, which, for a...

On Golden Earring

  I never begin a novel without first coming up with a title. Once I settle on it, I create a front page, and that’s where I begin each day’s writing...

Of Nicetown and The Devil’s Pocket

I’m often asked whether or not my two main series characters, Philadelphia police detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano, are based on real people. The short answer is yes and...

Casting Villainy

  For me, one of the great joys in reading fiction is meeting new people. Even the crazy ones. Okay, especially the crazy ones. The challenge of casting literary villains in film...

Researching The Killing Room

I’ve always been fascinated with abandoned buildings — hotels, schools, hospitals — anywhere that has played host to thousands of lives over the years. I believe an energy remains. But...
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