AUTHOR'S NOTES

March 7, 2019

 

The next Kendra Michaels thriller has a title.  It will be called HINDSIGHT, and it will be out January 2020.

 

September 1, 2018

While we eagerly await next month's release of NIGHT WATCH, I'm thrilled to report that Kendra Michaels is going global!  We recently signed a deal for the first two Kendra thrillers to be translated and released in Japan.  Plus, all four of the Kendra books will be coming out in Australia in the coming months (CLOSE YOUR EYES was just released there in June).

May 1, 2016

The new Kendra Michaels thriller has a release date and a cover.  It's called NIGHT WATCH, and in it Kendra is catapulted into a case that illuminates a vital part of her own past.  It will be out October 27th.  And check out this cover!  The St. Martin's Press art department really did a beautiful job:

 

 

Pre-orders are already being taken here.

November 9, 2015
 
My books have been translated into Russian, Japanese, Czech, Dutch, Greek and German, but never French.  Until now!  Here's the new edition of BEYOND BELIEF, which is my introduction to the readers of France:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
March 3, 2015
The SIGHT UNSEEN paperback edition is out today!!  Kendra Michaels will return on July 16, 2015 in THE NAKED EYE, and at least three more times through 2018 -- we recently signed a new multi-book deal with St. Martin's Press that assures me that Kendra will be a happy part of my life for a quite a while.
 
August 3, 2014
 
Many thanks to all of you who helped make SIGHT UNSEEN a New York Times bestseller!  I've been thrilled to see your wonderful comments on Facebook and the review sites.  Books like these are written in a vacuum, so it's very gratifying to see it go into the world and receive such a warm welcome.  For those of you who have been asking, work on the sequel is underway...
 
July 15, 2014
 
SIGHT UNSEEN is out today!  It's available from booksellers everywhere in hardcover and ebook formats.  We had a lot of fun pitting Kendra Michaels against a particularly scary villain: a serial killer who patterns his murders after Kendra's most famous cases. 
 
I hope you enjoy it!
 
May 28, 2014
 
All the major booksellers are now taking pre-orders for the new Kendra Michaels thriller SIGHT UNSEEN, which will be out on July 15th.  I'm extremely happy with it!  It's scarier and more intense than CLOSE YOUR EYES, with a most worthy villain for Kendra.
 
Elisabeth Rodgers, who did such a terrific job performing the audio edition of CLOSE YOUR EYES, is now recording SIGHT UNSEEN for Brilliance Audio.
 
October 17, 2013

 

The new Kendra Michaels thriller has a title!  It's called SIGHT UNSEEN and will be released in hardcover July 15, 2014.  I'm not prepared to divulge story details yet, but Kendra will be facing off against a terrifying new villain.

 
August 17, 2013

 

It was old home week as my alma mater, Sprayberry High School in Marietta, Georgia, honored me with a spot on their newly-instituted Humanities Wall of Fame.  What a strange feeling to return to my old high school after thirty years, and I even parked in my old senior year parking spot.  But I have fond memories of my high school years, and a lot of warm feelings came rushing back to me.  It was an amazing afternoon.  

 

There were twelve of us placed on the wall in the school's fine arts wing, and I'm just amazed by the breadth and depth of talent of my fellow alumni.  Take a look at this lineup:

 

• Grammy-winning opera star Jennifer Larmore, the most-recorded mezzosoprano of all time with more than 100 CDs.

 

• International opera/musical theater star Adam Cannedy, who made his Lincoln Center debut in “Where the Wild Things Are."

 

• Chicago Symphony Orchestra principal trumpeter Christopher Martin, whose playing was featured on the soundtrack of the recent movie “Lincoln.”

 

• Boston Symphony/Boston Pops trumpeter Michael Martin.

 

• Tony Award-winning Broadway/TV/film actor Stephanie Michels, winner of the Fred Astaire Award in 2000 as Best Dancer on Broadway and a former Miss Georgia (1992).

 

• Syndicated editorial cartoonist Marshall Ramsey, whose cartoons appear in more than 400 newspapers and who is a two-time finalist for The Pulitzer Prize.

 

• National Speech Teacher of the Year and Debate Coach of the Year Chester Gibson of West Georgia State University.

 

• Country music star Travis Tritt, who’s had five No. 1 singles and is a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

 

• Acclaimed artist Robin Bolton, who recently was commissioned to create a painting for the 25th anniversary of The Carter Presidential Center.

 

• Historian Douglas Mabry, a real-life "history detective" who has preserved over 1,000 acres of land for parks, museums, landmarks and historic buildings.

 

• "Extreme Makeover" host Ty Pennington, artist, designer and TV personality.

 

And, of course, me.  Not bad company!  It was a wonderful afternoon, hosted by the event's organizer (and my personal mentor) Wanda Patterson.  It even included performances by Larmore and Cannedy.  It's not every day you can go to your old high school, pick up a trophy and be treated to performances by an international opera singer and a Broadway star.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
August 7, 2013

 

Today I'm sending every good wish to the great Elmore Leonard, who is now recovering from a stroke in Detroit. We did a panel discussion together at last year's Tucson Festival of Books, and I was just as enthralled by his wit as any member of the audience.  Get well soon, Dutch.  I can't wait to read that new book you're writing.

 

 

July 16, 2013

 

Just a heads-up that that Kendra Michaels returns today!  She plays a key role in Iris Johansen's HUNTING EVE, which is now in bookstores everywhere.  Hopefully it will keep you Kendra fans happy while we write her next adventure which will be out around this time next year.

 

Enjoy HUNTING EVE!

 
May 21, 2013

 

FIVE WEEKS!  Readers, thanks so much for putting CLOSE YOUR EYES on the New York Times bestseller list for five weeks now.  I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed reading your emails and Facebook posts about how much you've been enjoing Kendra Michaels.  I have to say, we thought we were onto something special after we turned in the first fifty pages to our wonderful editor, Jennifer Enderlin, at St. Martin's Press.  Jen responded to Kendra immediately, and her enthusiasm for the character has been a constant source of inspiration.

 

And that inspiration will come in handy, since there will be two more Kendra Michaels thrillers in the the next couple of years: one in July 2014 and another in July 2015.  And that's not counting her rather substantial appearance in my mother's Eve Duncan thriller HUNTING EVE this July.

 

We're already well into the 2014 book (title to be announced soon!), and I can tell you that there are some exciting times ahead for Kendra!

 

I actually saw international opera star Jennifer Larmore at the Hollywood Bowl before I realized she was a fellow Sprayberry High School alumni. She's truly extraordinary.

 

In the next year, Jennifer will be performing in Moscow, Belgium, Berlin, Paris and The Netherlands.

Not only do Marshall Ramsey's brilliant editorial cartoons appear in over 400 newspapers across the nation, he's a very funny blogger and Tweeter.  He makes me laugh every day.

Stephanie Micheles starred in the Tony award-winning Best Musical "Contact" on Broadway, among many other shows.

 

My wife and I are already making plans to see her in "Lake Anne," which opens in Los Angeles next month.

I'm on the wall of fame between opera singer jennifer Larmore and country star Travis Tritt, obviously placed there for my amazing vocal abilities.

 

Uh, no.  Not really.  But I believe I did write the first review of Travis's singing ever to appear in print.  When we were sophomores, I gave a rave to his moving performance of "Beyond the Willows" in the school production of "Godspell."

I didn't know we'd be making speeches, but it did give me the opporunity to thank two teachers I credit with my success:  English and journalism teacher Wanda Patterson and speech & drama teacher Michael Moss.

I was surprised to receive a placque commemorating the occasion.  I'll always treasure it and the memories of that wonderful day.

My mentor and dear friend Wanda Patterson not only planned the event, she came up with the idea and presented it to the principal.  She told me that she's been keeping files on prospective inductees for years.

 

 

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