We had a large party recently where I cooked up a storm and gave away free copies of my books. Then I sent my friends and neighbors off to spread the word through Facebook, Goodreads, LinkedIn, et al.
What is a typical writing day like for you?
I like to hang out at Club Lucky here in Chi-town, enjoy a martini and write by hand in a notebook. We just shot the promo video at the bar there. Plus, they sell my books behind the bar!
What are some ways that you like to relax?
Chicago is a fantastic walking town, especially if you enjoy architecture as I do. I’m blessed with a wife who shares both passions.
What author/s do you think are overlooked in the writing/reading world today?
Am I permitted to mention myself??
And I do believe the most consistently masterful American writer, whose name you rarely hear nowadays, was John Cheever.
What author would you most like to meet and why?
I would have loved to have a couple with William Faulkner and Raymond Chandler back in the Golden Age of Hollywood. They had a table in the back room at The Musso and Frank Grill.
Do you have any upcoming projects that you would like to share with readers?
No upcoming projects as of now. I’m beat down to the ankles after finishing the American Spy Trilogy. I know it comes easily to some authors, but for me writing--crisp writing with proper attention to detail--is exhausting!
What is something about yourself that would come as a surprise to many people?
I had a radio production company, Sound Concepts, for almost thirty years. My partner and I voiced, wrote and produced hundreds of radio spots for everyone from the US Army to Todd’s Car Stereo.