I’m an attorney, a writer, a storyteller and I’m on something like my 10 millionth fiction book, TRAGIC. It’s coming out in August. I love every fiction book I’ve written equally. When someone asks you which one of your kids is your favorite, how could you possibly choose? You can’t.
I have a great time writing the Butch Karp series, and I love every book. And, a perk of getting older and experience, I keep sharpening my skills as a writer. (Hopefully!) Just like with sports, the more you do it, the more confident you feel. The more you hone your strengths.
Recently, someone asked me who I like to read. Whoo Boy… There are so many terrific books out there. Here’s a list, and I know I’m probably leaving out some of my favorites, but these are the writers and books that come to mind first.
I like narrative non-fiction or what used to be called (and perhaps still is!) historical fiction. Books that are well-researched and move me into an arena with a gripping style of storytelling.
Irving Stone: His book, PASSIONS OF THE MIND, was extraordinary. I read this from Irving Stone about the book: “This book involved six years of uninterrupted research & writing, yet the road was lighted at every turn, by the kindness & the generosity of almost everyone who had known Sigmund Freud or worked with him.”– Irving Stone. I can only say this–it shows.
John Irving: Pure fiction, I loved The World According to Garp. An amazing writer.
I like my own non-fiction books: Badge of the Assassin. It’s a piece of our history and it should be understood and known. Published July 12, 1979, it received some fabulous reviews. I’m proud of that.
Other writers… Thomas Wolfe. Fran Leibowitz, a later-day Dorothy Parker. Erma Bombeck. Philip Roth.
Ron Chernow: His book, Alexander Hamilton, was a masterpiece. A must-read for those who want to learn about the roots of our America. Get it on tape if a large book feels overwhelming. The miles will fly by under the spell of Hamilton’s life.
David Mccullough: Pick any of his books and walk into the world of American history.
Enjoy! And let me know some of your favorite books. I’m interested.