I'm a former defense journalist, I cut my teeth reporting from the Pentagon and Capitol Hill. Then I moved to Prague in the early 1990s and reported on arms sales and weird spy crap while young Americans a generation my junior were trying to make it the "Left Bank of the 1990s" I went back to Dallas and wrote a novel about post-communist Czechoslovakia which was way too long and no agent would touch. Then I wrote one called GERMANIA, about the closing days of WWII, when Hitler was dead and Nazi Germany was very briefly run by his unlucky successor, Admiral Doenitz. That did sell and now I'm trying to finish a second (or third) about a 1930s Jazz musician being stuck in a battle between God, the Devil, Bonnie and Clyde and the infamous "goat gland" doctor JR Brinkley. I live in Dallas and write magazine articles and occasionally contribute to THIS AMERICAN LIFE. Mosty I just stay home and write and try to keep my nose above water.
John Le Carre, William Gibson, David Halberstam.
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Mona Lisa Overdrive. The Best and the Brightest.
Love and Rockets, by Los Bros Hernandez, but that doesn't count because it's a comic book, right? But those guys are the best Story Tellers. I like Alan Furst too, but compared to Love and Rockets, his stuff is porno with cardboard characters.
LOVE AND ROCKETS RULES!
Thanks for your post, sorry it took so long to respond. I'm too doing my own shit, today sat my butt down and read other people's stuff. obviously I'm avoiding work. Texas really isn't scary. I've gotten so I have a screw you attitude to all the nicer, more liberal parts of the world, even austin. UP yers you sensitive hippies! yadda yadda. I lived in prague too, loved it. On balance, Dallas is a much better place to get writing done. love and piece
The idea for the new novel sounds fantastic. Even though the idea of Texas scares me anybody who knows and loves Love and Rockets is okay in my book. I have a brother who lived in Dallas.We're proud to have you with us.Welcome aboard.