Most authors dream of creating a character that escapes from their books and becomes part of popular culture. Today I’m interviewing David Morrell, who created Rambo and whose writing career has spanned four decades, and we get an insight into David’s research process, his work ethic and his mindset.
In the intro, I mention my research trip to Barcelona and you can see the pictures on Flickr here; I also mention the launch of Pentecostés in Spanish and the Spanish book trailer that promotes it. Coming this month are also the German version of Desecration, and Delirium, plus I am off to New York for Thrillerfest, so expect a roundup of that mid July.
This podcast is sponsored by Kobo Writing Life, which helps authors self-publish and reach readers in global markets through the Kobo eco-system. You can also subscribe to the Kobo Writing Life podcast for interviews with successful indie authors.
David Morrell is the multi-award winning and many times bestselling author of 35 books, as well as many short stories, essays and collaborations that have sold millions of copies and are available in many different languages. He has a Phd in American literature and was a Professor of Literature at the University of Iowa. His novel ‘First Blood,’ became the Rambo franchise, his latest novel is ‘Murder as a fine art,‘ a historical thriller, and today we’re talking about his book for writers, ‘The Successful Novelist,’ recently updated and released in ebook format as well as print.
- The themes that David returns to in his writing
- A thriller author who actually lives a thriller life. On taking research to extremes
- On the inspiration for Murder As A Fine Art
- David’s writing process
- The precariousness of life. Don’t spend time writing books that are aren’t worth writing.
- Writing a letter to yourself before you start a book
- Screenwriting and Rambo
- Movie contract clauses you should watch out for
- The business of being an author. Even after so many years, David spends an hour a day on marketing
- On The Architecture of Snow and publishing
- Longevity in the business