Telling Lies for Fun & Profit

Author: Lawrence Block

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 006175529X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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Characters refusing to talk? Plot plodding along? Where do good ideas come from anyway? In this wonderfully practical volume, two-time Edgar Award-winning novelist Lawrence Block takes an inside look at writing as a craft and as a career. From studying the market, to mastering self-discipline and "creative procrastination," through coping with rejections, Telling Lies for Fun & Profit is an invaluable sourcebook of information. It is a must read for anyone serious about writing or understanding how the process works.

Lawrence Block on Writing, Three Volumes in One

Writing the Novel, The Liar's Bible, and The Liar's Companion

Author: Lawrence Block

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1480465674

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 724

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A special three-in-one edition of four-time Edgar Award winner Lawrence Block’s definitive collections on the art of writing fiction: Writing the Novel, The Liar’s Bible, and The Liar’s Companion In Writing the Novel, Lawrence Block, the crown prince of suspense writing,offers neither tricks nor formulas, but straightforward advice based on the experience that comes with publishing more than one hundred books. He explains how to refine an idea, how to study one’s chosen genre, and how to use the novel’s expansive form to find one’s particular voice. And he tells it all in the easy, immediate style that has made his own work so successful. The Liar’s Bible collects, for the first time, ten years’ worth of Block’s writing expertise as originally published in his monthly column for Writer’s Digest. Each essay illuminates the tricks of the authorial trade, from creating vibrant characters and generating seamless plots, to conquering writer’s block and experimenting with self-publishing. Filled with wit and insight, this is a must-read for experts, amateurs, and anyone interested in learning to craft great fiction from one of the field’s modern masters. And in The Liar’s Companion, more of Lawrence Block’s hard-won wisdom from his monthly column in Writer’s Digest is brought together in one enlightening collection, covering such topics as creating a fresh story, delivering a powerful ending, adapting books for the screen, and deciding when to make the switch to full-time writer.

A Drop of the Hard Stuff

Author: Lawrence Block

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1409124835

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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Detective Matt Scudder is on the trail of a killer - but solving the case might be his undoing... Matt Scudder and Jack Ellery were at school together but never exactly friends. Twenty years later, when Scudder was a detective and Jack was standing on the other side of the one-way glass in a police line-up, it was clear their lives had taken very different paths. What they shared, however, was a battle with alcohol. Now Jack is on the ninth step of the AA program and it's time to make amends to the people he's wronged over the years because of his addiction. But when he ends up shot in the head, and it's clear that stirring up the past was not such a good idea, it's up to Scudder to find the killer.

The Inscribed List, or, Why Librarians Are Crazy

Hilarious Real Names of Real People from Library Catalogs

Author: Eric v.d. Luft

Publisher: Gegensatz Press

ISBN: 1933237457

Category: Humor

Page: N.A

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What do Ludwig von Baldass, Theodore Rolly Ball, John Cawte Beaglehole, Guido van Deth, Fulvia de Cunto Fadigas, Dingle Foot, Rev. Daniel Parish Kidder, Thomas Strangeways Pigg-Strangeways, Franciscus Petrus Hubertus Prick van Wely, Walter Lytle Pyle, Hendrik Peter Godfried Quack, Lazar Shitnitzky, Elephant Smith, Preserved Smith, Increase Niles Tarbox, and over 2000 others have in common? They are all real names of real people. They are all verified entries in library catalogs. They are all on The Inscribed List.

The Liar's Companion

A Field Guide for Fiction Writers

Author: Lawrence Block

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1453212280

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 110

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A must-have collection of essays on the art and craft of fiction from Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Lawrence Block For ten years, New York Times bestselling crime novelist Lawrence Block drew on the hard-won wisdom he gained creating over one hundred books to write a monthly column for Writer’s Digest. Collected here for the first time are writings that illuminate the tricks of the authorial trade, from creating a fresh story and delivering a powerful ending, to adapting books for the screen and deciding when to make the switch to fulltime writer. Filled with wit and insight, The Liar’s Companion is a must-read for experts, amateurs, and anyone interested in learning to craft great fiction from one of the field’s modern masters. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Lawrence Block, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.

Hit Me

Author: Lawrence Block

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 140912486X

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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The explosive fifth book in the Keller series from the master of classic American crime. Keller thought he was done killing people for money. He has a new name, a new wife, a new career, and a baby on the way. But old habits die hard. Business is bad and a phone call is all it takes to draw him back into the old game. This time, his work takes him to Dallas, to settle a domestic dispute; to Florida, where he joins a government witness on a cruise; to Wyoming, where a house has burned down; and to New York, where he lived for so many years. And where people might remember him...

Spider, Spin Me A Web

A Handbook For Fiction Writers

Author: Lawrence Block

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061861847

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 264

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The craft of writing is a lot like spinning a web: You take threads and weave them skillfully together, and only you know where this intricate network of twists and turns begin and how it will end. Now, with Lawrence Bloock's expert advice, you can learn this art of entrapping your reader in a maze of facinating fiction. Spider, Spin Me a Web is the perfect companion volume to Block's previous book on writing, Telling Lies for Fun and Profit, which Sue Grafton noted "should be a permanent part of every writer's library." As helpful and supportive as always, Block shares what he's learned over the course of writing over one hundred published books: techniques to help you to write a solid piece of fiction; strategies for getting a reader (or editor) to reaad—and buy—your book; ideas for increasing your creativity and developing an environment that will nourish you and your craft. Spider, Spin Me a Web is a complete guide to achieving your full potential as awriter.

Drei Am Haken

Author: Lawrence Block

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781537402284

Category:

Page: 200

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Der Spitzel und Kleingauner Jake »Schnipser« Jablon macht sich eine Menge neuer Feinde, als er die Laufbahn wechselt und von Informant auf Erpresser umsattelt. Früher oder später, vermutet er, wird einer seiner neuen Kunden handgreiflich werden, und wen wird das kümmern?Er sitzt an einem Tisch mit Matthew Scudder, schnipst einen Silberdollar an und lässt ihn auf dem Tisch kreiseln. Schließlich ist das die Gewohnheit, die ihm seinen Spitznamen eingebracht hat. Dann heuert er Scudder an, einen Mord aufzuklären, der sich noch nicht ereignet hat.Niemand ist sonderlich überrascht, als Schnipser mit eingeschlagenem Schädel im East River treibend gefunden wird. Noch schlimmer: Es kümmert niemanden - außer Matthew Scudder. Der Ex-Cop und Privatdetektiv ist kein pflichtversessener Racheengel. Aber er ist willig, Leib und Leben zu riskieren, um Schnipsers mörderisch-aggressive Kunden zur Rede zu stellen. Schließlich ist ein Job ein Job - und Scudder wurde bezahlt, einen Mörder zu finden. Bezahlt vom Opfer ... im Voraus.»Drei am Haken« ist die deutsche Neuübersetzung des zweiten Romans mit Lawrence Blocks charismatischster Figur, Matthew Scudder. Von Daseinsangst geplagt, hat Scudder Frau und Kinder verlassen und den Polizeidienst quittiert. Nun lebt er allein in einem Hotel im New Yorker Stadtteil Hell's Kitchen und ernährt sich von Bourbon und Kaffee in der Kneipe von Jimmy Armstrong um die Ecke. Das Geld, das er zum Leben braucht, verdient er sich als Privatdetektiv ohne Lizenz, indem er, wie er es ausdrückt, »Freunden Gefälligkeiten erweist«.Schnipser Jablon war nicht unbedingt ein Freund, und es ist zu spät, ihm einen Gefallen zu erweisen. Aber Scudder war schon immer ein Mann, der tut, was getan werden muss ...

Secrets

Author: Jo Ann Lordahl

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595364853

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

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In this first of a trilogy, "Secrets," Antonia learns through her relationships with four men to become a woman. The secrets of her loveless Alabama childhood help us understand the romantically-driven, searching-for-love adult woman. Antonia is secretly in love with, and grieving for, the now dead Catlin (Catlin is based on James Jones, author of "From Here to Eternity"). Antonia is separated from her deceitful husband, John; unexpectedly, she found him in her bed with another woman. "Secrets," To add to love entanglements, Antonia now lives with Vic, the wild motorcycle rider she met the night John cheated. Icy John and his developing alcoholism drove Antonia away; his unfaithfulness was only a bitter ending. And always, Antonia grows through her experiences, secrets and too late love for Catlin. She finds herself described in his final book. Antonia buys a small house in Louisiana and when carefree, heedless Vic becomes erratic, Antonia chooses, regretfully to be sure, to tell Vic goodbye. From the black and white biblical bleakness of the beginning, this brave and wounded long-ago girl is now grown up. Antonia decides to own herself and her life. No more secrets.

Alive in Shape and Color: 17 Paintings by Great Artists and the Stories They Inspired

Author: Lawrence Block

Publisher: Pegasus Books

ISBN: 168177609X

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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In his brilliant follow-up to In Sunlight or In Shadow, Lawrence Block has gathered together the best talent from popular fiction to produce an anthology as inventive as it is alluring, including Joyce Carol Oates, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, David Morrell, and Jeffery Deaver. Even before Lawrence Block could rest on his laurels from In Sunlight or In Shadow, a question arose. What would he do for an encore? Any number of artists have produced evocative work, paintings that could trigger a literary response. But none came to mind who could equal Hopper in turning out canvas after canvas. If no single artist could take Hopper’s place, how about a full palette of them? Suppose each author was invited to select a painting from the whole panoply of visual art—From the cave drawings at Lascaux to a contemporary abstract canvas on which the paint has barely dried. And what a dazzling response! Joyce Carol Oates picked Le Beaux Jours by Balthus. Warren Moore chose Salvador Dali’s The Pharmacist of Ampurdam Seeking Absolutely Nothing. Michael Connelly, who sent Harry Bosch to Chicago for a close look at Nighthawks, has a go at The Garden of Earthly Delights by Harry’s namesake Hieronymous Bosch. S. J. Rozan finds a story in Hokusai’s The Great Wave, while Jeffery Deaver’s "A Significant Find” draws its inspiration from—yes—those prehistoric cave drawings at Lascaux. And Kristine Kathryn Rusch moves from painting to sculpture and selects Rodin. In artists ranging from Art Frahm and Norman Rockwell to René Magritte and Clifford Still, the impressive concept goes on to include Thomas Pluck, Sarah Weinman, David Morrell, Craig Ferguson, Joe R. Lansdale, Jill D. Block, Justin Scott, Jonathan Santlofer, Gail Levin, Nicholas Christopher, and Lee Child, with each story accompanied in color by the work of art that inspired it.

You Could Call It Murder

Author: Lawrence Block

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781523937714

Category:

Page: 202

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"A missing person case brings private eye Roy Markham to the remote winter-bound college town of Cliff's End, New Hampshire. But what began as a routine investigation quickly becomes dark and dangerous. Six pornographic photos and a tidy little blackmail scheme result in a brutal and baffling murder, and no one is safe - especially Markham himself." That's the product description for Blackstone Audio's excellent rendition of You Could Call It Murder, expertly voiced by Peter Berkrot, and we could leave it at that-but there's an interesting backstory to the book, and the Classic Crime Library seems a good place to share it with you. In 1961, Lawrence Block was living in New York and earning a living writing Midcentury Erotica and crime fiction. He'd just sold his first book under his own name, Grifter's Game, to Gold Medal Books. (They insisted on calling it Mona, but the original title's been restored by Hard Case Crime.) His agent got him an assignment to write a tie-in paperback novel for Belmont Books, linked to the TV series Markham, starring Ray Milland. The book turned out well, and the young writer's agent felt it was too good to be a Belmont tie-in. Knox Burger agreed, and Block changed the name of the hero from Roy Markham to Ed London, and Gold Medal published the book as Death Pulls a Doublecross. (Another unfortunate title; you'll find the book in the Classic Crime Library with the author's original title, Coward's Kiss.) But that left Block owing Belmont a book. You Could Call It Murder is what he wrote for them, and it turned out fairly nicely as well, but his agent sent it to Belmont all the same, where they published it as Markham: The Case of the Pornographic Photos. (By the time it came out-surprise surprise-the TV series was canceled.) Is everything clear? THE CLASSIC CRIME LIBRARY brings together Lawrence Block's early crime novels, reformatted and with new uniform cover art.

Community of Women

Author: Lawrence Block

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781533699046

Category:

Page: 168

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Sheldon Lord began his career with CARLA (#5 in the Collection of Classic Erotica), published by Harry Shorten's Midwood Books in 1958. Just about a year later he wrote CAMPUS TRAMP (CCL #7) for William Hamling's Nightstand Books, for whom he'd morphed into Andrew Shaw. And young Mr. Lord's first book for yet a third publisher, Beacon, was APRIL NORTH (CCL #4). Each publisher wanted more from the guy. Beacon's request for a second book was remarkably specific. They had a title in mind-COMMUNITY OF WOMEN-and a theme. Their notion was that no end of interesting and attractive couples lived in the suburbs, and five mornings a week virtually all of the husbands rode into Manhattan on the train, while their wives remained to do presumably wifely things at home. So during daytime hours, Monday through Friday, all of these wives constituted a...Community of Women. Which would make it a hotbed of, um, hot stuff. Duh. Well, it was an okay premise. I remember the occasion when it was delivered to me. I was in Buffalo, my ancestral home, on a brief visit. My agent called and recounted what Beacon had asked for. (That agent believed in keeping writers and publishers far apart. I did meet Harry Shorten once, at Harry's insistence, but never had any direct contact with anyone at Nightstand or Beacon.) "They need this as soon as possible," he added. I fell for this, of course. I always did. About a year earlier I was living on West 69th Street when the same agent told me that Monarch Books had an unfinished novel, the first chapters and outline of which had been written by William Ard, who'd died at what even then seemed like an impossibly young age. (Looking back, I can't avoid the thought that the one thing poor Bill Ard got out of his early death was that he didn't have to finish that goddam book.) So my job was to complete the book, which would put a few dollars in my pocket and a few more in the near-empty purse of Ard's widow. "And they need it right away..." Well, the hell they did. But I bought the notion, moved into a hotel on the corner of Broadway and 69th. I went there every morning and went home every night, and i finished that awful book. Are might have made something of it, he was a pretty good writer, but all I can say for myself is the book got written, and published. And it's not as though Monarch was holding the press for it. They published it whenever they got around to it. Same with Beacon and COMMUNITY OF WOMEN. Nobody there was holding his breath. But I believed what I was told, so I wrote it right there, sitting at a card table in the front room of my mother's house on Starin Avenue. I didn't know much about life in the suburbs, or about people who went to an office every morning and came home every night, but it wasn't hard to come up with characters and find ways for them to interact with one another. If I recall correctly (and how often does that happen?) it took me four or five days. I guess Beacon liked it well enough. They wanted more, and published several more of Sheldon Lord's efforts. And then, when they wanted still more and I had neither time nor inclination to write them, my agent suggested we find writers to ghost the books under Sheldon Lord's name; I'd receive a fee off the top for my involvement, with the balance to go to the actual writers. Consequently there are more than a few Sheldon Lord titles-specifically most of the ones for Beacon-which I neither wrote nor read. And so I've spared you a summary of COMMUNITY OF WOMEN, and gotten off the hook instead by taking this little trip down Memory Lane. It is, after all, one of my favorite thoroughfares, not without potholes and sharp turns, and sometimes confused with the Boulevard of Broken Dreams...

The Blacksmiths Journal

Official Organ of the International Brotherhood of Blacksmiths

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Blacksmiths

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April North

Author: Lawrence Block

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781533625083

Category:

Page: 182

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THOSE BOYS AND THEIR CARS... Danny Duncan drives his father's Oldsmobile. It's a nice respectable family sedan, and April North is every bit as respectable as the car. Until he manages to get her into the back seat. Now she's no longer a good girl, but only Danny know it, and he can keep a secret, can't he? Well, no. He tells half the town of Antrim, Ohio-the male half, and they all come sniffing around, led by Bill Piersall, driving a homemade hot rod cobbled together from spare parts and held together with spit and baling wire. She gives Bill what he wants, but he turns out to be harder to shake than a summer cold, until a Mercedes 300 SL screeches to a stop, with Craig Jeffers at the wheel. He has money and class and sophistication, and just about everything but a functioning moral compass. And, you know, things happen... April North, April North. A friend of mine thought enough of Mae West to write a book with a heroine he called June East, and I gave the compass and the calendar a further spin. Thus April North, and the name does have a certain lilt to it, doesn't it? Beacon Books thought so, evidently; this was Sheldon Lord's first book for them, and they liked the title enough to keep it, and the reading public liked the book enough to spark a second and third printing. None of this did much for the author, who got a flat fee of $600 for the book. Or maybe it was $750. It's hard to remember, after all these years... This paperback edition of APRIL NORTH reproduces the original cover, as painted by Al Rossi.

Sin Hellcat

Author: Lawrence Block,Donald E. Westlake

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781535075596

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Page: 182

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This is the third novel Donald E. Westlake and I did in collaboration, SIN HELLCAT, and I think it may have been the best of the three-but we didn't get to put a joint byline on it. Well, we did-but someone at Nightstand felt free to change it, dropping Alan Marshall from the "by Alan Marshall and Andrew Shaw" byline we'd supplied. Much the same thing happened to CIRCLE OF SINNERS, my collaboration for Nightstand with Hal Dresner; "By Andrew Shaw and Don Holliday" is what we tagged it, and this time it was Andrew Shaw who got bumped. Well, it's corrected now. SIN HELLCAT, like its fellows, has both names on the cover. And our names, not the ones we donned for our work in the world of paperback erotica. When the two of us were starting out as writers, we both served an apprenticeship writing erotic novels for Harry Shorten at Midwood Books and Bill Hamling at Nightstand. (I was Sheldon Lord for Midwood and Andrew Shaw for Nightstand, while Don was Alan Marshall for both publishers. Note though that the presence of either name upon a book is no guarantee that one of us wrote it. Both of us made arrangements whereby lesser writers would submit works under our names-and I know it's hard to believe that any writers were less than we were back then, but it's true.) Well. We'd become friends in the summer of 1959, while we were living a few blocks away from each other in midtown Manhattan. I was at the Hotel Rio, on West 47th between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, and Don was a block south and several blocks west of me. Then I moved back to my parents' house in Buffalo, and Don and his wife and kid moved to Canarsie, and we wrote letters back and forth. And at one point we decided it might be fun to do a novel together. Not by thinking it out and talking through it and, you know, collaborating in a serious artistic manner. Our method was simpler. One of us would write a chapter, and then the other would write a chapter to come after it, and back and forth, like that, until we had a book. It worked, and by God it was fun. The first of our efforts was A GIRL CALLED HONEY, and it started when I wrote a chapter and sent it to Don. And so on, and we stopped when we had a book and sent it to Henry Morrison who sent it to Harry Shorten. We put both our names on the book, our pen names that is to say, and that's how Harry published it: by Sheldon Lord and Alan Marshall. And he included our dedication: "To Don Westlake and Larry Block, who introduced us." It was so much fun that we did it again. This time Don wrote the first chapter, and I wrote the second. Was I still in Buffalo, and did we still send the chapters through the mail? Damned if I can remember. I think I may have been in New York by then, living with my first wife on West 69th Street. But maybe not, and what does it matter? We finished the book, we sent it in, Midwood published it, and we shared the advance, which was probably $600 for A GIRL CALLED HONEY, but may have escalated to $750 by the time we did SO WILLING. So each of us wound up with either $300 or $375 for our trouble, and that's not a lot of money nowadays, and it wasn't a lot of money in 1960 either, but neither was it a lot of trouble. Damn, those were good days. Never mind. Here's SIN HELLCAT-and if reading it brings you a small fraction of the fun we had writing it, you'll be back right away to scoop up A GIRL CALLED HONEY and SO WILLING.