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Have you ever read a suspense novel so good you had to stop and think to yourself, "How did the author come up with this idea? Their characters? Is some of this story real?" For over five years, Mark Rubinstein, physician, psychiatrist, and mystery and thriller writer, had the chance to ask the most well-known authors in the field just these kinds of questions in interview Have you ever read a suspense novel so good you had to stop and think to yourself, "How did the author come up with this idea? Their characters? Is some of this story real?" For over five years, Mark Rubinstein, physician, psychiatrist, and mystery and thriller writer, had the chance to ask the most well-known authors in the field just these kinds of questions in interviews for the Huffington Post. Collected here are interviews with forty-seven accomplished authors, including Michael Connelly, Ken Follett, Meg Gardiner, Dennis Lehane, Laura Lippman, and Don Winslow. These are their personal stories in their own words, much of the material never before published. How do these writers' life experiences color their art? Find out their thoughts, their inspirations, their candid opinions. Learn more about your favorite authors, how they work and who they truly are.


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Have you ever read a suspense novel so good you had to stop and think to yourself, "How did the author come up with this idea? Their characters? Is some of this story real?" For over five years, Mark Rubinstein, physician, psychiatrist, and mystery and thriller writer, had the chance to ask the most well-known authors in the field just these kinds of questions in interview Have you ever read a suspense novel so good you had to stop and think to yourself, "How did the author come up with this idea? Their characters? Is some of this story real?" For over five years, Mark Rubinstein, physician, psychiatrist, and mystery and thriller writer, had the chance to ask the most well-known authors in the field just these kinds of questions in interviews for the Huffington Post. Collected here are interviews with forty-seven accomplished authors, including Michael Connelly, Ken Follett, Meg Gardiner, Dennis Lehane, Laura Lippman, and Don Winslow. These are their personal stories in their own words, much of the material never before published. How do these writers' life experiences color their art? Find out their thoughts, their inspirations, their candid opinions. Learn more about your favorite authors, how they work and who they truly are.

30 review for The Storytellers: Straight Talk from the World's Most Acclaimed Suspense and Thriller Authors

  1. 4 out of 5

    Red Herring Reading

    This book came at the PERFECT time for me. I'm always looking for inspiration to keep writing and The Storytellers did just that. Thank you so much to NetGalley and Blackstone Publishing for providing me a copy. Have you ever read a suspense novel so good you had to stop and think to yourself, “How did the author come up with this idea? Their characters? Is some of this story real?” For over five years, Mark Rubinstein, physician, psychiatrist, and mystery and thriller writer, had the chance to a This book came at the PERFECT time for me. I'm always looking for inspiration to keep writing and The Storytellers did just that. Thank you so much to NetGalley and Blackstone Publishing for providing me a copy. Have you ever read a suspense novel so good you had to stop and think to yourself, “How did the author come up with this idea? Their characters? Is some of this story real?” For over five years, Mark Rubinstein, physician, psychiatrist, and mystery and thriller writer, had the chance to ask the most well-known authors in the field just these kinds of questions in interviews for the Huffington Post. Collected here are interviews with forty-seven accomplished authors, including Michael Connelly, Ken Follett, C. J. Box, Lee Child, Meg Gardiner, Dennis Lehane, Laura Lippman, and Don Winslow. These are their personal stories in their own words, much of the material never before published. How do these writers’ life experiences color their art? Find out their thoughts, their inspirations, their candid opinions. Learn more about your favorite authors, how they work and who they truly are. First off, I've read several of the featured authors works so I found the book incredibly interesting. Each chapter features an interview between Mark Rubinstein and interviews he's had, mostly between 2016-2018, with the authors. He asks the questions you would expect and then delves into the real grit of each author. What's their writing process like? How many books do they write a year and exactly HOW do they make that happen? Mark also personalized the questions with the author's past and how certain events shaped their plots and determination to be published. I learned a lot about each author such as Laura Lippman's tumultuous final year at The Baltimore Sun and Stuart Woods generally writes multiple books in ONE year. Allow me to add that my beloved Sue Grafton is one of the authors featured in THE STORYTELLERS. Sue, author of the Kinsey Millhone series, also known as the alphabet series, died in 2017. Sue is one of my absolute favorite mystery authors and a big inspiration for my own writing. I enjoyed how each mystery/thriller writer waxed on about how they believe we are all capable of doing bad things, but that we've got a moral compass to guide us. And as Dennis Lehane said, "The vast majority of what we call morality is simply fear of being caught." He is sadly correct! I received this copy as an e-book. I found the question and answer format a bit on the slow-reading side. However, I think if I had the novel in an actual book, I'd have read it faster. I rate THE STORYTELLERS four out of five stars.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jim Crocker

    Insightful Interludes with Famous Authors This is a look behind the curtain. Where do stories come from? Nobody knows or they're not telling. The secret is getting it all down on paper or inside your computer. And that's just long hard work. But as these writers explain: none of us are alone. Cheers and Happy Writing! Adam James Insightful Interludes with Famous Authors This is a look behind the curtain. Where do stories come from? Nobody knows or they're not telling. The secret is getting it all down on paper or inside your computer. And that's just long hard work. But as these writers explain: none of us are alone. Cheers and Happy Writing! Adam James

  3. 4 out of 5

    Anastasia

    A wonderful book. I loved hearing from and about some of my favourite authors as well as being introduced to new ones and also some that I had read previously but forgotten about. I loved hearing about how a lot of them started out and about their writing process.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Grabs

    If you like reading interviews, this is the book for you. I don't read the authors who were interviewed, and I probably will not read a few based on the sexist answers and assumptions presented but no writer is for every reader. A few interviews had a non-traditional take on writing, but there was little in the collection that held my interest, improved my craft, or expanded my knowledge. In short, it's a nice collection of relatively old interviews with authors. It's not a book I would readily If you like reading interviews, this is the book for you. I don't read the authors who were interviewed, and I probably will not read a few based on the sexist answers and assumptions presented but no writer is for every reader. A few interviews had a non-traditional take on writing, but there was little in the collection that held my interest, improved my craft, or expanded my knowledge. In short, it's a nice collection of relatively old interviews with authors. It's not a book I would readily recommend to those interested in writing or storytelling in general.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Katy Jean Vance

    This book is good at being exactly what it says it is: a collection of interviews with some of the most famous mystery and thrillers writers in the (western)world. If you are interested in learning more about the lives and writing habits of famous mystery thriller writers, you will enjoy this collection. My copy is heavily highlighted! There were so many gems from writers I admire, and I know I’ll go back to review what they’ve said. An interesting insight into culture and the patriarchy was tha This book is good at being exactly what it says it is: a collection of interviews with some of the most famous mystery and thrillers writers in the (western)world. If you are interested in learning more about the lives and writing habits of famous mystery thriller writers, you will enjoy this collection. My copy is heavily highlighted! There were so many gems from writers I admire, and I know I’ll go back to review what they’ve said. An interesting insight into culture and the patriarchy was that when Rubinstein asked each author which five people, dead or alive, they’d like to invite to a dinner party, nearly all the male writers mentioned only men; most of the women mentioned both men and women (none of the people mentioned exist outside of the gender binary to the best of my knowledge) and just a few of the women mentioned only women. The downfall of this book of course is that it is just what it is: a collection of interviews with famous writers. There’s no unifying narrative or thread running through the collection, outside of a few regularly appearing questions. Readers looking for a narrative or guide book style approach to learning about creative writing would do better to look elsewhere. Further, the majority of those interviewed are very well established with sometimes decades of writing behind and them and dozens (sometimes into the hundreds!) or books published. Perhaps because of this bar and the traditionally white publishing industry, there isn’t a great deal of diversity in the collection either. Several of the female authors talk about their strugglers early on in a male oriented publishing industry, and Walter Mosley speaks powerfully about racial inequality and the importance of using your power as a writer to fight against it. if you’re a passionate reader of thriller fiction and like hearing about the lives of your favorite authors, there’s a lot to enjoy in this collection. Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with this ARC in return for my honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Kidwell

    The Storytellers Straight Talk from the World’s Most Acclaimed Suspense & Thriller Authors by Mark Rubinstein Pub Date 20 Jul 2021 | Blackstone Publishing Mystery & Thrillers | Nonfiction (Adult) | Reference I am reviewing a copy The Storytellers: Straight Talk From the World’s Most Acclaimed Suspense &Thriller Authors through Blackstone Publishing and NetGalley: If you have ever read a suspense novel so good you have to stop and think to yourself, “How did the author come up with this idea? Their The Storytellers Straight Talk from the World’s Most Acclaimed Suspense & Thriller Authors by Mark Rubinstein Pub Date 20 Jul 2021 | Blackstone Publishing Mystery & Thrillers | Nonfiction (Adult) | Reference I am reviewing a copy The Storytellers: Straight Talk From the World’s Most Acclaimed Suspense &Thriller Authors through Blackstone Publishing and NetGalley: If you have ever read a suspense novel so good you have to stop and think to yourself, “How did the author come up with this idea? Their characters? Is some of this story real?” For over five years, Mark Rubinstein, physician, psychiatrist, and mystery and thriller writer, had the chance to ask the most well-known authors in the field just these kinds of questions in interviews for the Huffington Post. In The Storytellers are interviews with forty seven acclaimed authors from Michael Connelly Ken Follett, C. J. Box, Lee Child, Meg Gardiner, Dennis Lehane, Laura Lippman, and Don Winslow. These interviews are the authors personal stories stories in their own words, much of the material never before published. It tells of how these authors lives color their art. We learn of their thoughts their inspirations, their candid opinions. Learn more about your favorite authors, how they work and who they truly are. I give The Storytellers five out of five stars! Happy Reading!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Owens

    Subtitle: Straight Talk From the World’s Most Acclaimed Suspense and Thriller Authors I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. This is a collection of forty-seven author interviews done by author Mark Rubinstein for the Huffington Post. It includes authors of practically every imaginable thriller sub-genre. I have to admit that I was unaware of the massive popularity most of these authors have achieved. Most readers will Subtitle: Straight Talk From the World’s Most Acclaimed Suspense and Thriller Authors I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. This is a collection of forty-seven author interviews done by author Mark Rubinstein for the Huffington Post. It includes authors of practically every imaginable thriller sub-genre. I have to admit that I was unaware of the massive popularity most of these authors have achieved. Most readers will have heard of writers such as Lee Child, Harlan Coben, and Sue Grafton, but there are many others in the book who have published dozens/hundreds of books and exceeded multimillions of copies sold. While I did come away from the book with some solid writing advice, it was difficult for me not to be inspired by the stories of how many of these authors wrote for years before finally breaking through into the bestseller category. Some of them use outlines in the writing, other don’t, but nearly every one of them said that the key to become a successful writers is to write as often as possible. I gave The Storytellers five stars on Goodreads. On top of the writing advice and inspiration I got from it, I also found at least a half-dozen writers to add to my ‘must read’ list.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    This collection of interviews is not only useful to me as a reader of thrillers, (I get to learn what's so great about all the old authors, the titans of their genre, that I've been avoiding!) but it's also useful as a tool for enhancing my reader's advisory skills. As a librarian I am always trying to recommend new titles to patrons who are used to their tried and true favorite authors, but maybe the reverse is just as helpful to new readers looking for something classic and genre defining. And This collection of interviews is not only useful to me as a reader of thrillers, (I get to learn what's so great about all the old authors, the titans of their genre, that I've been avoiding!) but it's also useful as a tool for enhancing my reader's advisory skills. As a librarian I am always trying to recommend new titles to patrons who are used to their tried and true favorite authors, but maybe the reverse is just as helpful to new readers looking for something classic and genre defining. And for aspiring writers, this collection is also really great for getting a glimpse into the writing style and lifestyle of a super successful genre writer. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants an inside peek into the business side of publishing and what it's like for an author to become their own brand.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    I really wanted to like this more than I did. The premise pulled me in but I struggled to finish it. It just seemed drab and repetitive to me after a while. I found the little congratatory paragraphs at the end of each interview to be a little silly and completely unnecessary. Send them a card and chocolate to thank them for their interview and be done with it. They already know they're awesome, successful writers. I would've liked to see pictures throughout the book- of the writers, book covers I really wanted to like this more than I did. The premise pulled me in but I struggled to finish it. It just seemed drab and repetitive to me after a while. I found the little congratatory paragraphs at the end of each interview to be a little silly and completely unnecessary. Send them a card and chocolate to thank them for their interview and be done with it. They already know they're awesome, successful writers. I would've liked to see pictures throughout the book- of the writers, book covers, etc. Maybe even complete works lists? There were a lot of spelling errors but mine is a proof copy through Goodreads so I'm sure that's all been corrected for final publication.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Adam James

    5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful Interludes with Famous Authors Verified Purchase This is a look behind the curtain. Where do stories come from? Nobody knows or they're not telling. The secret is getting it all down on paper or inside your computer. And that's just long hard work. But as these writers explain: none of us are alone. Cheers and Happy Writing! Adam James 5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful Interludes with Famous Authors Verified Purchase This is a look behind the curtain. Where do stories come from? Nobody knows or they're not telling. The secret is getting it all down on paper or inside your computer. And that's just long hard work. But as these writers explain: none of us are alone. Cheers and Happy Writing! Adam James

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lillyanna Lamm

    This was the first time that I have read a book written like this. It was interviews with authors who have written horror and thriller books. It was an ok read but not what I expected.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Green

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    Matthew Hockey

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  16. 5 out of 5

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    Dylan

  18. 5 out of 5

    Fotis

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mary Colette Hayes

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cgcang

  21. 5 out of 5

    WendyLikesBooks

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

  23. 5 out of 5

    Michael Riordan

  24. 4 out of 5

    Pugugly

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cayla

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mark Rubinstein

  28. 5 out of 5

    Darren

  29. 5 out of 5

    Glen Krisch

  30. 5 out of 5

    Shireen Bhullar

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