09-14-2008 08:23 PM
09-17-2008 12:49 PM
So where do you get the ideas for your books? Do they came from things you see around you in New York, out of the newspapers, TV.? Or do you just get an idea and run with it?
09-18-2008 06:53 PM
I usually come up with a situation, or a scene, I find interesting and, as you say, run with it. For example, when I wrote Twisted City, I remember I had the idea of a guy having his wallet picked in a bar as an opening. I didn't know who the guy was--in my head he was just "a guy"--or exactly what would happen next until I started writing the story. I know a lot of writers start with a character, but I almost always start with a plot idea.
09-19-2008 12:02 PM
We have a plot for a fourth book, and we also started something completely different that we might do first. But, yes, Ken and I definitely want to do another book together...
Next year I have two big books I'm very excited about. I don't have exact pub dates yet, but in 2009 St. Martin's Press is publishing my new thriller PANIC ATTACK (my Hollywood agent has described it as American Beauty meets Cape Fear meets Disturbia). Also in 2009, DC Comics new imprint Vertigo Crime is publishing my first graphic novel. I can't give any details about the graphic novel until next month, when the project is officially announced at the Bouchercon mystery convention in Baltimore. Mid next month I'll be posting all about it on www.jasonstarr.com . I'm lucky to be working with an incredibly talented artist
09-23-2008 11:04 AM
I have eagerly read your work since I found Cold Caller in a Parisian used bookstore. An English copy, someone had written French translations to certain phrases in the margins.
When visiting NYC one time, I bought Twisted City at The Mysterious Bookshop in the morning then saw you walking in midtown that afternoon. I had wanted to approach you but had left the book back where I was staying then when I had got my wits about me, you were already around a corner and gone...
I started The Follower last night and am already sucked in by it. So far it feels like a NYC novel of manners, not unlike the work of Bret Easton Ellis. (There's even a little of that misogynistic mating ritual depicted in Charles Willeford's The Shark-Infested Custard.)
You have been blurbed by Ellis and he seems quite a supporter of your work. Has his writing influenced you? Maybe you and Ellis could write a novel together?
09-23-2008 10:51 PM
Hey, what a wonderful story, thank you for letting me know, and I'm going to have to sign that copy of Twisted City someday!
A light bulb went off when I read this post because I never thought about The Shark-Infested Custard in relation to The Follower before, but I love that comparison. I gave a shout out to Custard on this board as I think it's my all-time favorite Willeford novel (and I think Tarantino also thinks it's Willeford's best). While I wasn't thinking about it at all while I was writing The Follower, in retrospect I can definitely see the influence. I was going for that same type of dark satire, and I wanted to really get into the heads of the characters. Bret Easton Ellis, yes, a great guy, and another of my all-time favorite writers. I thought his latest, Lunar Park, was incredible.
Thank you for posting!
11-19-2008 05:32 PM
11-20-2008 07:46 AM
Very cool trailer, Jason!
Hey, if anyone would like to take a look at my new book trailer for THE FOLLOWER, it's up on You Tube.
11-21-2008 09:52 PM