Catherine Coulter is the New York Times bestselling author of 75 books. Her hugely popular FBI thrillers include The Cove, The Maze, The Target, The Edge, Riptide, Hemlock Bay, Eleventh House, Blindside, Blowout, Point Blank, Double Take, Tail Spin, Knockout, Whiplash, Split Second, Backfire, Bombshell, Power Play and Nemesis. She has a new international thriller series -- A Brit in the FBI -- co-written with JT Ellison. These include The Final Cut, The Lost Key and The End Game. Also now available is the first in her novella series, starring Grayson Sherbrooke (from the Sherbrooke historical romance series), titled The Strange Visitation at Wolffe Hall.

Upcoming new releases include the 20th book in her FBI thriller series - out in September 2016, and the 4th book in the Brit series, The Devil's Triangle, will be out early 2017.

Interview by John Wisniewski

JW:  Why did you decide to become an author?

 CC: Do you know, it really wasn’t a matter of sitting down and “deciding” to become an author, it was simply a must. I had a plot, I wanted to write a book, and as it turns out, it all worked out. (Thank you, God, thank you, God.)

JW:  Any favorite romantic or suspense authors?

 CC: I have many authors whose novels I pick up immediately upon their release, e.g., like John Sandford, Jayne Anne Krentz, John Connelly, Iris Johansen, to name only a few. All are very different from each other, all immensely talented and great storytellers. And don’t forget Agatha Christie, my favorite mystery writer of all time.

 JW: How do you keep readers interested in a story?

 CC: If I’m writing an FBI suspense thriller, first and foremost in my brain is pacing – keeping the reader turning the pages to see what happens next. But bottom-line, what’s most important is that the readers like and root for the characters, without that, the book won’t go far. (At least not far for me.)

 JW:  Do you get much feedback and comments from fans?

 CC: Oh yes. Since I post and interact with readers on Facebook every morning, I get instant feedback when an FBI thriller comes out. And email.

JW: Did you learn anything from working on Wall Street that aided you in your writing?

CC: No, not a single thing.


 JW: How does it feel to be on the bestseller list so many times, for the many books you have written?

 CC: Honestly? I really don’t think about it. When I’m introduced somewhere and this is read aloud, I sort of jump. It does sound cool, though, doesn’t it? But it’s not everyday life and never will be.

 JW: Any advice for people wanting to become writers?

 CC: If you assume there’s talent and the ability to tell a good story, then it’s all a matter of discipline, of setting a schedule and sticking to that schedule, come hell or high water, or death. (I’m talking the writer’s death here.) Learning the craft and learning the business – both are equally important. There are so many opportunities today, no longer do the publishing houses in New York have the choke-hold, so people who want to write have to know what’s available to them, e-publishing for example.


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