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Please Welcome Author ANDREW GROSS!

Today's featured author has been a guest at B&N's Mystery Forum before:

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Please welcome ANDREW GROSS!

 

http://www.andrewgrossbooks.com/

 

ANDREW GROSS AUTHOR

 

andrew gross

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BIO

 

andy gross

 

 

OKAY, SO I WASN'T ALWAYS A THRILLER WRITER 

Who was? I actually did major in English at Middlebury, but after an MBA from Columbia, and a stint at the Leslie Fay Companies, a women's clothing firm started by my grandfather, I went into the sports apparel field. I ended up president of HEAD Ski and Tennis (to brag: we grew to #1 in America in both businesses while I was there) and later, le coq sportif, a French sports fashion line. It was one-too-many turnaround situations or more precisely--one that didn't turn around, that hastened my writing career. 

SO HOW'D YOU MEET JAMES PATTERSON?

Truth is, he called. Out of nowhere. An editor had given him the manuscript of a novel I was hoping to publish, HYDRA. At that point, I would have been elated if my gate guard (we live in a gated community) dialed in with a little praise. Jim said he had read the book and asked if we could meet for breakfast. He said he had several projects he wanted to write and not enough time to do them. I had the incredible foresight to say yes.

SO WHAT'S IT LIKE TO WORK WITH PATTERSON?

It was like a combination MFA and MBA rolled into one. He knows what kind of stories he wants to tell, has a keen sense of what will appeal to his readers, especially women, what's vital in a scene for it to succeed, knows exactly when the scene needs more--or generally, less! And he's an even better editor than he is a writer. Hopefully, I've learned a few things from him along the way.

SO WHAT HAPPENED?

I figured we'd do one book. It led to six in seven years. The Women's Murder Club Series became one of the leading crime series of all time! My personal favorite was The Jester set in the thirteenth century in France. If you missed it, I really recommend you go back and take a read. Lifeguard had a great, likeable hero with the odds all stacked against him. Judge & Jury, our last together, is coming out July 31, 2006. 

HOW DOES A WRITING PARTNERSHIP LIKE THAT WORK?

We alternate every word.

(Jim's line, actually.) To be honest, we always began with a concept and an outline that came from him, which we fleshed out into a detailed chapter- by-chapter outline. (Some chapters longer than in the actual book!) No writer's block here, the roadmap was always there. Every day, I knew exactly where I was going. That call from Jim changed my writing life!

SO WHAT'S NEXT?

My last three books have featured the Greenwich detectve Ty Hauck, but I'm putting him on a beach or a ketch somewhere for a couple of books to tell you two very personal and chilling stores. EYES WIDE OPEN, out July 12, combines two real life events from my own life: the tragic suicide of a young and troubled nephew; and the chance encounter years ago with an infamous cult killer from the Sixties-- you'll have to read the bgook to find out who! I promise, it's the richest, most terrifying one yet. And followed in 2012 with a wild tale of an event from one of my book tours gone crazily wrong! Then Ty fans-- he'll come off that beach!

WHAT'S THE SINGLE, MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR IN A CAREER CHANGE LIKE THIS?

A supportive wife!

And I have one, in Lynn. Never once did she tell me I was out of my mind. (At least, not to my face!) 

We live in Westchester County, New York. We have three terrific kids. Kristen lives in LA and is rising star int he apparel biz, far better than her old man. Matt sells financial products in Westchester. And Nick is graduating George Washington University this May-- and then onto who knows what!

And of course there's Tobey, our miraculous Westie! Read the short article on him

By the way, having a Mom who believes in you all the way is good too!

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?

If I had to start with a couple of writerly things... Dog Soldiers, by Robert Stone, All the King's Men, by Robert Penn Warren, (Read it as a search for one's father, not as politics.) Blood Meridian, by Cormac McCarthy & Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates.

WHAT ABOUT IN YOUR OWN GENRE?

Sorry, Jim anything by Alan Furst or Robert Wilson. They both deserve much wider acclaim. When it comes to classic thrillers, The Wind-Chill Factor by Thomas Gifford,Tears of Autumn by Charles McCarry, Tell No One by Harlan Coben and No Time To Say Goodbye by Linwood Barkely are my favorites.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE QUOTE?

"Some people think they can and some think they can't and they're probably both right!" Henry Ford

"You can do anything you want in life, anything, if you want to badly enough."
Fred P. Pomerantz. My grandfather.

WHAT IS THE BEST SIDE BENEFIT FROM SEEING YOUR NAME AT THE TOP OF THE BESTSELLER LIST?

A hell of a lot easier commute.

 

Learn more about Andy on his Facebook and Twitter pages 

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EVENTS:

 

 

Saturday, August 13, 2011 
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
EAST HAMPTON LIBRARY
Author's Night
159 Main ST, East Hampton, NY 11937 

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Wednesday, August 17th, 2011 
12:30
New York Public Library With Edward Conlon, former NYPD
Bryant Park, NYC 

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011 
7:00pm
New York Public Library With Lorenzo Carcaterra
42nd St and Fith Ave, NYC 

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011 
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Book and Author Luncheon. 10:30 Continental Breakfast 11:00 Andrew Gross. 
19 Roosevelt Drive, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 

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November 4-6, 2011 
La Jolla Writers Conference

Paradise Point Resort, San Diego, CA 

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Eyes Wide Open  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jay Erlich is a successful and respected surgeon and dad enjoying a romantic twentieth wedding anniversary on the beach when a call comes with the shocking news that his twenty-one year old nephew has been found dead at the bottom of a famed landmark cliff, ruled a suicide. Years before, Jay’s older brother Charlie, a wayward child of the Sixties, set out for California, where he fell under the sway of a charismatic, but deeply disturbed cult figure. A horrible tragedy ensued, lives were destroyed, but as the decades passed, Charlie married and raised a family, living a quiet, secluded life in a Central California beach town, under the radar. But the demons from his past have never completely disappeared. 

When Jay, to help his grieving brother, heads out West, he begins to suspect that his nephew’s suicide may not have been what it appeared at all. At first against his will, and then determinedly, Jay delves into his brother’s dark past—a labyrinth of secrets, terror, and lies buried in the Sixties, with sons fighting against fathers, broken music dreams, mental illness, and a thirty year old vendetta from an infamous killer as real today as it was back then. With eyes wide open, Jay puts his “happy” life at risk to uncover the truth, a quest that goes beyond the edge of madness and a family brought to the edge. . . straight into the depths of evil. 

Drawing on two, real-life experiences from his own life, the tragic suicide of his young nephew and an encounter years ago with a cult-killer who’s name has become synonymous with terror, Gross has crafted a richly personal, yet utterly terrifying tale of two brothers, one successful, the other wayward, trying to bridge the gap that has torn them apart. 

In the vein of THE BLUE ZONE, his haunting debut thriller, Gross delivers a rich, yet totally gripping tale of a family haunted by its secret past. 

 

Nelson Demille warns, EYES WIDE OPEN should be read with the door open and the lights on. A truly terrifying descent into evil. A rare and menacing psychological thriller that works on every level. A really great read.”

 

Go to Andrew's website to find a link to the first three chapters of EYES WIDE OPEN:

http://www.andrewgrossbooks.com/eyeswideopen.htm

 



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Please welcome ANDREW GROSS!

 



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Welcome to our mystery forum, Andrew. I had not realized you have written some books with James Patterson. I keep adding to my TBR pile everytime I turn around it seems, and with your books as well as the ones you wrote with Mr. Patterson, I have a bunch more to add to the pile! Enjoyed reading your blog here--thanks for sharing with us.

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I've read quite a few of Andrew's books and I have to say, his new one is amazing! I was shocked and saddened to read that it had tragic parallels with his real life. I couldn't put it down. I'll be surprised if this one isn't made into a movie. What a plot!

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OMG, one of my all time favorite authors right here.

thanks Becke

and welcome Andrew, I have read all your novels, it started back when Harper Collins had something they called First Look where you were in a lottery with other readers to read and early review books, I picked

The Dark Tide (Ty Hauck Series #1)  

 

and it's been a love affair ever since (now if you'd just ditch your wife and I'm sure you could come up with something sinister to happen to my husband)

I'm so glad you're happily married, me too.

 

I loved the latest

Eyes Wide Open  

 

and since I'd been following your blog

http://andrewgross.wordpress.com/

 

I read about the tragedy that you and your family endured and was terribly saddened by it.

 

I'm glad to read that we haven't seen the last of Ty, he's one of my most favorite of leading men

 

Thanks so much for making all my dreams come true Andrew and visiting and chatting with us.

 

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dhaupt wrote:

OMG, one of my all time favorite authors right here.

thanks Becke

and welcome Andrew, I have read all your novels, it started back when Harper Collins had something they called First Look where you were in a lottery with other readers to read and early review books, I picked

The Dark Tide (Ty Hauck Series #1)  

 

and it's been a love affair ever since (now if you'd just ditch your wife and I'm sure you could come up with something sinister to happen to my husband)

I'm so glad you're happily married, me too.

 

I loved the latest

Eyes Wide Open  

 

and since I'd been following your blog

http://andrewgross.wordpress.com/

 

I read about the tragedy that you and your family endured and was terribly saddened by it.

 

I'm glad to read that we haven't seen the last of Ty, he's one of my most favorite of leading men

 

Thanks so much for making all my dreams come true Andrew and visiting and chatting with us.

 





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Welcome back Andrew:

 

I read DON'T LOOK TWICE during your last visit and found it very fast-paced and action packed. I also own a copy of BLUE ZONE, DARK TIDE  and RECKLESS but have not gotten to read them yet. Time to shift the TBR pile and get them closer to the top!

 

I am sure that I will be adding EYES WIDE OPEN too since that book sounds very enticing!

 

Hope you enjoy your visit with us and come back often and let us know what you are up to!

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Hi, Andrew, though I haven't read any of your books, they do sound interesting. I guess I'll be adding to my TBR pile. Thanks for stopping by and your blog was amazing.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep - Robert Frost
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Good to see everyone. Any questions, ask away?

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hydraAG wrote:

Good to see everyone. Any questions, ask away?


Hi Andrew - Your official "author" tag should show up shortly.

 

I was knocked out by EYES WIDE OPEN, but it was a shock to find out it was based on a real event. Did that make it more difficult for you to write?