I like the process of pencil and paper as opposed to a machine. I think the writing is better when it's done in handwriting.
If everyone howled at every injustice, every act of barbarism, every act of unkindness, then we would be taking the first step towards a real humanity.
Somehow our devils are never quite what we expect when we meet them face to face.
We're all pilgrims on the same journey - but some pilgrims have better road maps.
I generally unwind by having dinner with close friends.
There are Mafia families that have bought magnificent houses on the North Shore, although not yet the great estates because they don't want that kind of high profile.
I don't name sources.
Even the most radical Islamic terrorist would not want to see the revered holy city of Medina go up. It would be like losing the Vatican in Rome.
Writing doesn't leave much time for hobbies, unless you consider that I began writing as a hobby and have made the hobby into a profession.
You have to go out of your way as a suspense novelist to find situations where the protagonists are somewhat helpless and in real danger.
There are a lot of books about the passing of the English aristocracy, but the vast majority of Long Islanders don't understand their own backyard. It's a private preserve.
I thought to myself, what is everyone's worst fear? Nuclear terrorism in America.
Chemical and biological attacks are scary and will kill a lot of people but don't rise to the level of nuclear.
G.I. humor is similar to cop humor.
I had a very strong desire to be successful at something.
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