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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: Have you ever heard Jon Land teach? He is simply a rock star. Incredibly thoughtful, with an astonishing depth of understanding about the essence of thrillers and storytelling. We read books, sure, and, sure, we love movies.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: On this post-Veteran’s Day, a story. My Dad and I were once in a library of a home, and he saw a paperback anthology of poetry, the familiar one edited by Louis Untermeyer. And he said—“Oh, this... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2016 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: Well, the champagne is icing and the bookmarks are stacked and my suitcase is almost packed and my speech for tonight’s launch is almost written! It’s publication day for my ninth thriller, SAY NO MORE! I’m so... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: My grandson Eli is a WHIZ at Rubik's cube. He can do one so quickly, it is astonishing. I said to him--sweetheart, how do you do that? And he said, Grammy I do it by the sound.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2016 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: I was at a mystery convention in Maine last weekend, and heard workshops from Chris Holm and Gayle Lynds and Barbara Ross and Kate Flora—and I was taking notes like mad. After eleven years of writing—yikes—the one... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2016 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: How many of us have been there? The week before pub date. When all your plans, all your calendars and to do lists and planning seem to be—ridiculously unfinished or wrong-headed or misguided or simply…worthless. Ah. But... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: It's a real moment of change in our lives--and some of us--who are not of a certain age--might not even realize it. I read in the newspaper today (newspaper? yes, on paper) that The Newspaper Association of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2016 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: Pssst. Are you an Analytic or an Amiable? How about your characters? Jim Jackson (who is analytic AND amiable AND generous AND tireless) says understanding that part of our psyche can unlock some secrets. He's president of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2016 at My Weblog
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Hank: We’ve all had it happen. We’re sitting (in pjs, or sweatpants or the like) at your computers, writing away. and we think—oh no. I need to know what downtown Dayton looks like! (That was my last experience, at least.)... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: “It’s a keeper!” That’s what we often say about a book we love, right? But the wonderfully talented Claire Booth (more about her, and her terrific book, below) handles those favorites a different way. To her, the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: Trusting you all had a Happy Fourth! We had kids and grandkids galore--so adorable! and perfect in every way-- and I kept track of the new arrivals by taking photos of the growing pile of discarded shoes... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2016 at My Weblog
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Hank Phillippi Ryan: What's the funniest book you've ever read? Maybeeeee…Bridget Jones' Diary? But that can't be right. While I'm thinking, I'm also wondering why it's so easy to name funny movies. My Cousin VInny, and The Court Jester, all... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at My Weblog
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"It's never a good thing when the flight attendant is crying." HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: That's the first line of AIR TIME! And, like every one of my novels of suspense, it comes from a real life episode in my reporting... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: How many times? HOW many times! Yes, there are many wonderful communication procedures today, and the advantages of shipping and technology and priority mail and overnight delivery and tracking…and unlike the days of fighting with fax machines... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: It's one of those topics we sometimes don't confront: Why do we write about crime? Is if for justice? Or to solve a puzzle? Or for simply telling a mesmerizing story with high stakes and an important... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2016 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: Still floating from a wonderful Malice Domestic…it was such an honor to be your toastmaster. (In this closeup from the opening ceremonies, (thank you photographer Mo Walsh), what's in my glass is leftover latte, with the ice... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2016 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: Whoo hoo. A sneak preview! Malice Domestic is coming, and the MD gang is buzzing over the return of their annual short story anthology. After 15 years! Now, Malice Domestic 11: Murder Most Conventional, published by Wildside... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2016 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: When I started writing crime fiction, I had one tiny problem. (Actually, many, but we’ll talk about the rest another time. Maybe.) Anyway, I’d go to author events and hear the writers talk about how the fun... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: A pal and I were chatting yesterday about book world. About reading, and writing, and buying and selling. And we realized, sadly, that we don't understand anything. Can we talk? About books. Well, book buying, actually. I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2016 at My Weblog
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by Hank Phillippi Ryan Super Tuesday. No, this is not about this year’s election. But it got me thinking about politics, and how my career started there. And how what I learned as a campaign staffer at age, oh, 20... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2016 at My Weblog
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HANK: This is SUCH a clever idea! Just wanted to make sure you know about it! xoxo An Eight-Variable Mystery Experiment By Jaden Terrell When Michael Guillebeau invited me to participate in Eight Mystery Writers You Should be Reading Now... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2016 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: Yes. Absolutely. We work and work, and focus and worry and tweak and revise and change and think think think , and it’s wonderful, it really is. But there’s one thing we may have forgotten, and I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2016 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: One of the things “they” always tell you is that you can’t write just dialogue. Your characters must be DOING something while they talk. I mourned the loss of flip phones, you know? Because snapping a phone... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2016 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: Writers, what did you think it would be like, being an author? Readers, what do you think? The wonderful Shelley Costa makes me realize, before I started, I never quite thought about the writing life. And now... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2016 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: It was such fun to get this essay from John Gaspard—because I think of Peter DeVries so often! No, really I do. He’s the one who said, “I only write when I’m inspired. And I make sure... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at My Weblog