Scribbler, author of The Bridge of Sighs, The Confession, 36 Yalta Boulevard (The Vienna Assignment in the UK), Liberation Movements (UK: The Istanbul Variations), and the forthcoming Victory Square, August 2007.
Wignall, Bruen, Le Carre, Kundera, Wilson (Robert), Deighton, etc. These days it's espionage-based because of what I'm writing. If you have some suggestions in terms of realist contemporary espionage, feel free to clue me in.
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Strangely, there seems to be more interesting TV than films these days. The Wire, Deadwood, and Battlestar Galactica triangulate the best for me. The last truly great film experience I had was Syriana, an experience I've had again and again.
I see from your profile, that you enjoy writing espionage stories. I've written 4 novels so far, and my 1st attempt at writing was in fact, a post cold war; nuclear weapons/espionage story, which I called 'Traitors' Net'. I still think it could be interesting, even though I wrote it in 1989/90, but bringing it up to date may ruin its original integrity... if it has any!
I shall keep an eye out for your work, as reading may help any ideas I have to do a re-write and hopefully improve. I tend to write Horror mostly, but I'm also developing my crime-writing abilities, and children's stories too.
Looking forward to getting to know more about you.
sorry to bother you again. But as I am writing a review about "36, Yalta Boulevard" (we Germans are obviously slow !) I wonder about your feelings about the (different) name of the british edition. In my personal view the british titel is not as evocative as the american one.
Loved The Bridge of Sighs. It is not a book I would naturally grab off the shelf. I read it for a book club and really enjoyed it. That is why I love my book clubs. At some point, I hope to read the others.
“Influences are funny things. My first reviews referenced influences I hadn't read,”
Hallo Olen, that what I wonder about all the time when I sense a similarity. My gut feelings are that often these similarities are a result of a similar cultural background and not of a direct influence – but it is suggestive, isn’t ?
Imagine if that happened to Bernd, below, or Banks! Despite all the pics I've plastered elsewhere, I kind of like the anonymity of Smiley, who doesn't smile--and besides, if the kids see me smoking, they'll all start doing it! What about the children?
Olen, you changed the pic! Put that one up of you lighting a cigarette - that's a cool picture. The worst thing about having Smiley up there is if people meet you and say, hey you look just like your picture!