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Snipers: More Than Just Good Shots

I spend hundreds of hours doing research on the topics featured in my novels. Sometimes the topic already fascinates me and leads to the research. Other times, research on one topic leads me to several others. One subject that’s a good example of both is snipers.  Snipers play a role in several of my thrillers […]

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Gentler Pace on Sundays

What About Sundays?

 Humans are creatures of habit. We like our routines, don’t we? An accepted rule of law is that evidence of habit and routine practice is so reliable that it even overcomes objections in court. How about you? What’s your Sunday routine? You can tell a lot about a person by the way they spend their […]

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Cursive Joke

Why We Need Cursive

Should we require kids to learn cursive writing in schools? It’s a hot button issue for sure. Many schools have removed cursive writing from their curriculums. In the U.S., it’s not included in State Standards anymore in 45 states. There is a lot of debate about this, but I’m on the side of keeping this […]

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Lee Child and Stephen King On Stage

What’s your favorite moment surrounding the release of a new book? Because the moment we finish reading a book in a series we love is so jubilant and devastating at the same time, I sometimes think the happiest moment for a Book Series Fan is hearing the announcement revealing the title of the next upcoming book in the […]

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How Will You Celebrate The Mid-Autumn Festival?

In Vietnam, the Mid-Autumn Festival (which is celebrated in many places around the world, especially Vietnam, China, and Taiwan), is often called the Children’s Festival. It’s the second most important holiday tradition for the Vietnamese, and it’s coming up. This year it’s Sunday, September 27th, 2015. The date of the Mid-Autumn Festival changes from year-to-year […]

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3 Famous Mysteries Solved Using DNA

I thought I had a pretty good understanding of the significance of DNA, but then I read this fact and it made me reconsider everything I thought I knew about the science of the stuff! Here’s another fact. Did you know this one? DNA is so jam packed with data that it’s no surprise DNA […]

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Tiny House Hunters

The Longer the Book, The Better the Story?

The longer the book, the better the story, right? Not always. All books must have a final page somewhere. (That’s why I’m a fan of the series! There’s always the promise of another book coming soon.) But for those times when shorter is better, here’s what master fiction writer Stephen King says about short stories: “There’s almost […]

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Lee Child Interview

Lee Child’s MAKE ME Tour: What We’ve Learned So Far

I love when Lee Child releases a book because, not only do we get to read a new Jack Reacher thriller — which is of course a treat in itself — but we also get to watch Lee’s media blitz. Even if from afar. There’s one conversation I had a front row seat for as […]

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The Best Drive Through North Carolina

In my new Hunt for Jack Reacher thriller, Jack and Joe, FBI Special Agent Kim Otto goes to North Carolina. Why? Because Jack Reacher spent some time there in 1989 & 1990 in Lee Child’s The Enemy. And Agent Otto, along with her partner Agent Carlos Gaspar, are building Reacher’s file for a top secret assignment. […]

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Reading Benefits

You Know These 5 Benefits of Reading, Right?

Reading has saved my life — many times. Yours, too, I’ll bet. You are the best readers in the world. But do you know why reading is so good for us? What exactly does our body, mind, and soul gain while we sit back and pursue one of our favorite activities? Here’s five things my research […]

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