The last event I attended was a free lunch on Sunday afternoon. Yep, I’m all about the free lunches. This lunch featured best-selling authors Michael Connelly and Dean Koontz promoting their new books.
Personally, I was fascinated by both the interview and subsequent audience questions. Honestly, I’ve never read a Michael Connelly book and I’ve only read one Dean Koontz book. But I very much enjoyed learning about how some of their stories came about, their struggles with the industry, and their writing process.
Here are a few highlights:
*Dean Koontz said that the idea for his Odd Thomas books came while he was writing another book and in a few hours he had the whole first chapter handwritten. He has never had that experience before or since. (it was also the first time he ever handwrote anything). He said that normally he gets 10,000-15,000 snail mail letters a year, but the year his Odd Thomas book released, he got 50,000. Wow!
*Both authors enjoy the actual process of writing. They don’t have any auto-buy authors. It seems they feel they’ve passed from the being a reader to being a writer. (my interpretation)
*Michael Connelly is always planting seeds for future stories in his books.
*They have both formulated characters and dialogues based on real people.
*Dean Koontz feels he can write strong female characters because he had strong females in his life, and not any strong men.
After the lunch, we got to get our books signed. It was very cool. It’s the first time BEA has done this, but hopefully not the last!