Known for his sharp wit and incredible

Known for his sharp wit and incredible gift for keeping readers on the edge of their seats, Abrahams has been entertaining readers for more than two decades--spinning multi-layered tales involving ordinary people who find themselves in horrific situations.Here is what he had to tell Writer's Break. A lot of it just comes from living. Nominated for the Edgar Award, and known for his memorable, unique characters, colorful writing style, and non-stop suspense, Peter Abrahams seems to have it all--even the praise of horror author Stephen King. I visit places I write about--some, like southern Arizona in "Their Wildest Dreams," have a deep effect on me.

I think I can safely say that the detective, Nick Petrov, faces challenges unlike any previous fictional detective.Peter Abrahams is the author of thirteen novels, including "The Tutor," (Ballantine Books) "A Perfect Crime," (Ballantine Books), "The Fan" (Fawcett Books), and most recently, "Their Wildest Dreams" (Ballantine Books). For example--don't use linking words between sentences (however, nevertheless, etc.WB: How did you decide to become a full-time novelist? What were you doing before?Peter: The short answer is that I finally started doing what I was designed to do.THE INTERVIEWWB: What formal training did you have before becoming an author?Peter: I had little formal training. WB: How long does it typically take for you to complete a novel?Peter: The actual writing of a book takes me 5-6 months if everything is going well.. The worst?

A toss-up between the business aspects and the solitary nature of the job. The long answer isn't that interesting. Then, on Don Imus's radio show, I heard Delbert McClinton singing a song called When Rita Leaves. Most of the story--Mackie, the southwest, the dude ranch, Buckaroo's--came to me in the next five minutes. There's nothing for you there.), but use linked ideas, mood, rhythm. It's my first detective novel. In the case of "THEIR WILDEST DREAMS," I was thinking a struggling woman and a Russian immigrant and a heist gone bad.WB: What's a typical writing day like for you? Peter: Typical writing day--I drive my daughter to school, hit the gym, then breakfast and finally the office, where I work from about 10 to 5. My mother--who wrote television drama--taught me a lot about writing when I was very young. Before that, I was a spearfisherman in the Bahamas. WB: What advice would you give to aspiring writers?Peter: My advice to writers, at least those of the narrative kind: Don't watch TV.

Earlier, I worked in radio.WB: Who are some of your favorite authors?Peter: Lots of dead favorites, and a few living ones, including Stephen King and Saul Bellow. But as for all the little facts, I do what I have to to get them right. I wouldn't call myself fast, just steady.WB: What would you say is the "best" and "worst" aspects to this job?Peter: The best is that hard-to-describe pleasure that comes with making something out of nothing.WB: What can fans expect from you next?Peter: My next book, "OBLIVION," comes out next year. I'm also involved in another new thing for me--a young adult mystery series that I'm really excited about.WB: Do you do a lot of research for your books?Peter: Research--it depends what you mean.WB: What inspired you to write your latest novel, "Their Wildest Dreams"?Peter: I don't know if inspired is the word. Late Plus Mini Treadmill Home Fitness for sale in a book I sometimes do more after dinner.WB: What would you like to do if you weren't a novelist?Peter: If I wasn't a novelist, I'd like to be a musician. I've often got little ideas drifting around in my mind

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