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Bang! Bang! Bang!

On May 16, 2017, at half past one in the afternoon, I held a loaded pistol in my hand for the first time ever.

This may come as a surprise to those who are aware of the fact that I have occasionally featured guns in read more

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Is Typhoid Mary Bad Enough for You?

In my novel The Prisoner of Hell Gate — and perhaps in real life — Typhoid Mary is what we call a sympathetic monster. Yes, she did bad things. Yes, she was a bad person. But was she all bad? And what made her bad? read more

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3 Surprising Things About Being a Novelist

Ah, the artistic life. Sleep late. Vacation at will. Stick it to the man. Watch the royalties roll in.

Yeah, um—not so much! It’s more like this:

Wonder whether anyone will ever pay you for the work you just agonized over.

If someone does—be they read more

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The Name Is Not the Thing — or Is It?

I had a meeting last week with my publishing team at Picador, an imprint (at the end of a long string of imprints) of Macmillan, which resides in the iconic Flatiron Building on Fifth Avenue.

On the way up in the elevator, the doors opened read more

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I Was Going To Write About Hard Things

This weekend I attended my editor’s funeral. He was 27 years old.

I had planned to relaunch my occasional (but lately non-existent) email newsletter with a discussion of recent doings in my private and professional life, entitled “Two of the Hardest Things I Have Ever read more

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