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Award winning author, screenwriter and media commentator Andrew Klavan is the author of such internationally bestselling novels as True Crime, filmed by Clint Eastwood, and Don’t Say A Word, filmed starring Michael Douglas. Andrew has been nominated for the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award five times and has won twice. His books have been translated around the world. Television and radio host Glenn Beck says “Andrew Klavan never disappoints ... one of the best illustrations of the power of redemption that I’ve ever read.”

Andrew has also published a series of thrillers for young adults, The Homelanders, which follows a patriotic teenager’s battle against jihadists. The books have been optioned to be made into movies by Summit Entertainment, the team behind the mega-successful Twilight film series.

Andrew is a contributing editor to City Journal, the magazine of the Manhattan Institute. His essays and op-eds on politics, religion, movies and literature have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, The Washington Post, the LA Times, and elsewhere. His video feature, “Klavan on the Culture,” can be found at Andrew is a frequent media guest on television and radio stations from coast to coast, where he is known for his quick wit, humor and commentary on politics and entertainment.

As a screenwriter, Andrew wrote the screenplay to 1990’s A Shock to the System, which starred Michael Caine, and to 2008’s One Missed Call, which stars Ed Burns and Shannyn Sossamon. He lives in Southern California.

Interview with Andrew Klavan

Are any of the awards you've won physical trophies that you can display on your mantelpiece?

Yes - and ugly too!  I've won a couple of Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America. They're porcelain statues of Edgar Allen Poe who, let's face it, was no oil painting. I just won an Iowa Teen Award for my first Homelanders book "The Last Thing I Remember."  That's supposed to come with a golden apple, which should be an improvement.

Do you ever base characters on real people you have known?

Not really. What I do is I create the characters first, and then I might add some touch of someone I've known as a kind of yeast to bring them to life. I've also appropriated people's physical traits — then those people always think the character is based on them, even if he's totally different.  But I've never just used anyone wholesale unless it was a parody of a famous person.

Do you have a favorite quote or passage from The Homelanders that you'd like to share with us?

I used to write news stories — for a newspaper and for radio — and the most important part was always the first line, the lead. And I've retained a real affection for bang-up openings. The first line of "The Last Thing I Remember," — Suddenly, I woke up strapped to a chair. — is one of the best leads I've ever written. The whole four books are contained in that sentence. I'm also extremely fond of the great escape scene from "The Truth of the Matter."

Some writers claim not to be influenced by the needs of the marketplace, while others seem obsessed by it. Does the marketplace affect your writing in any way?

Sure it does, but not directly. That is, I don't look at what's selling and think, "Hm, how can I get in on that?" That's a fool's game anyway, because by the time you try to catch the trend, it's over. On top of which, there's a lot of stuff that sells like hotcakes that I think is trash and I'm not interested in imitating that. But I do want to write things that entertain people.  I do want to serve my readership with stories that reach them on as many levels as possible. So in that sense, the market - the readers - means a lot to me.

Was it difficult to get your first book published?

Oh sure. I must've written four or five novels before I sold one, and three or four more before anyone started to read them. Whenever people ask me advice about being a writer I always tell them, "If you don't absolutely have to do it, don't." Because only a deep, deep desire will carry you through the pitfalls and difficulties.

Do you ever write while intoxicated?

Never. Never ever. I won't so much as take a sip of wine when I'm working. I take what I do very seriously and bring every ounce of skill and professionalism I've got to the game.

Which deceased author would you most like to take out to dinner?

John Keats. My favorite poet and one of the few truly decent people of literature. He died of tuberculosis in 1821. I'd like to take him to dinner and say, "Here, John, I brought you some antibiotics from 2012."

If you met an alien from another planet and were asked to recommend one or two books to him/her/it that would summarize humanity, which books would you choose?

Well, he/she/it would have to read the Bible and the plays of William Shakespeare - that would give him most of what he needed to know. Then I think I'd give him Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment — it's the novel that had a greater effect on me than any other, so after he read that, we'd be able to chat.

What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your writing career?

Well, the easiest way to popularity with the reading public is to give them good guys who are all good and bad guys who are all bad;  to convince them that the horrors of life — like poverty and war — can be overcome if we just learn to live together or get the right government programs in place; to make righteous action lead to happiness and wicked action lead to misery . . .  and of course none of those things is in keeping with reality.  My greatest challenge has been offering a vision of human life that's layered and complex and sometimes even tragic in stories that nonetheless are thrilling and have popular appeal. It's hard work!

If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?

Conan the Barbarian.  Or maybe Conan the Librarian.  I'd like to get in sword fights and make love to sorceress queens . . .   but I'd still like to read a good book now and then!

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Werewolf Cop: A Novel ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Andrew Klavan
Werewolf Cop: A Novel
Andrew Klavan
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Andrew Klavan
Random House Publishing Group, May 2011
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Andrew Klavan
Random House Publishing Group, April 2011
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Andrew Klavan
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, November 2010
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, July 2009
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Andrew Klavan
Mariner Books, February 2007
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Forge Books, September 2005
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Andrew Klavan
Forge Books, August 2004
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Man and Wife
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Forge Books, January 2003
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Don't Say a Word
Andrew Klavan
Forge Books, October 2001
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Un tout autre homme
Andrew Klavan
Calmann-Lévy, October 2011
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