Author: Robert Ray

Mindy Halleck Interviews Robert J. Ray

Mindy Halleck Interviews Robert J. Ray © 2012 Mindy Halleck  This interview was conducted by Mindy Halleck. It appeared first on her blog, Literary Liaisons. Biography: Robert Ray’s first published novel was The Heart of the Game. It was a sports saga with professional tennis at the heart. His second book was a thriller, Cage of Mirrors. Cage was hosted by the Playboy Book Club as a dual main selection. In between books, Ray taught college students how to write. Bloody Murdock, which launched the Matt Murdock Mystery Series, came out in 1986. It was followed by four more Murdocks: Murdock for Hire; Dial “M” for Murdock; Merry Christmas, Murdock; and Murdock Cracks Ice. In between writing Murdocks, Ray wrote The Weekend Novelist. This handy how-to clung to bookshelves for seven years. With Jack Remick, Ray wrote The Weekend Novelist Writes a Mystery, still in print after 13 years. In 2007, The Weekend Novelist Rewrites the Novel was published, first inEngland, then in theU.S. In 2012, Catherine Treadgold, the publisher of Camel Press, began re-releasing the Murdock series. In 2013, Treadgold plans to publish Murdock #6 in 2013. The title of the sixth book is Murdock Tackles Taos. Q: What inspired Murdock Cracks Ice? A: I was into Book Five, not sure where the series should go. My wife—Margot—and I had just moved to Seattle, I still had one...

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Mindy Halleck Interviews Robert J. Ray

Interview was conducted by Mindy Halleck. It appeared first on her blog, Literary Liaisons. In 2012, Catherine Treadgold, the publisher of Camel Press, began re-releasing the Murdock series. In 2013, Treadgold plans to publish Murdock #6 in 2013. The title of the sixth book is Murdock Tackles Taos.

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20 Steps to Starting Your Novel

20 Steps to Starting Your Novel © Robert Ray.  All Rights Reserved  Note: When I finished Murdock #6—Murdock Tackles Taos—I dozed, I dreamt of Fame, that elusive imposter, and then I launched into Murdock #7, and felt a bone-chilling loss of momentum, because the work on the Taos book was wrap-up writing, little fixes, edits, careful knitting up, joyful polishing—but the writing on the new book was clumsy, dull, opaque, fitful, maddening. I was back at Beginner’s Mind, facing the blank page. I blamed writers with finished books. Desperate, I rewrote paragraphs—my internal editor, alive and robust, calling out the edits—so to rescue myself from going crazy, I jotted down twenty steps for starting my novel, and I hope the same steps work for you:   Write 100 pages. Don’t stop to think. Don’t write too fast. Don’t waste time crafting exquisite paragraphs—you’ll have to cut them when you rewrite. Write short lines, short sentences. She slugged him. He fell backwards. She hit him with a skillet. Blood popped from his ear. (Hint: the short line forces you to look at your verbs.) Use strong verbs. Shoot, dance, spin, whirl, claw, jab, slice, chop, lob, whack, whip, lash drop, gallop, trot, slug, etc. Pack each line with objects: wardrobe items, vehicles, jewelry, weapons, tools, kitchen implements, money in envelopes, money in attaches, hundred dollar bills on the crap table, furniture,...

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20 Steps to Starting Your Novel

When I finished Murdock #6—Murdock Tackles Taos—I dozed, I dreamt of Fame, that elusive imposter, and then I launched into Murdock #7, and felt a bone-chilling loss of momentum, because the work on the Taos book was wrap-up writing, little fixes, edits, careful knitting up, joyful polishing—but the writing on the new book was clumsy, dull, opaque, fitful, maddening.

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Robert J. Ray ~ Fiction & Nonfiction

            Interview: Mindy Halleck Interviews Robert J. Ray Praise for Ray’s Matt Murdock Mystery Series: Merry Christmas, Murdock – “Fast-paced, crisply written and a pleasure to read.” – The Wall Street Journal Dial “M” For Murder – “A sexy, hard-boiled yarn in the best tradition of the genre.” – Booklist Murdock For Hire – “The Writing is clear and direct, there is plenty of action, and even a romance.” – The New York Times Book Review Bloody Murdock –  “The writing is ebullient, the author has a good time…and so should the reader.” – The New York Times Book Review The Hitman Cometh – “Consistent prose, graphic sex, and plenty of violence add to the entertainment.” – Library Journal “Along with plenty of action and a satisfying resolution, Ray offers an engaging cast of good guys and bad.” – Publisher’s Weekly “Off-beat, relentlessly paced…[a] minor masterpiece.” – The Miami Herald   Share this:TweetShare on TumblrEmailLike this:Like...

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