Q: When are the next Adam Gittlin novels being released?
Next up is the third installment of the Jonah Gray DEAL series, entitled DEAL MASTER
, set for a 5.3.16 release. And I'm currently hard at work on the series' fourth book, which will be released at some point in 2017—when exactly, we're still not sure. Believe it or not, 'plot points' for book five have already begun to take shape as well.
Q: Where does the film project for the original in the series—THE DEAL—stand?
A: You know—it's amazing. Every time we think the script is complete, and ready to go back out to directors, the producers and writers want to give it just one more tweak. And, I must say, each little extra tweak makes it that much better. All parties involved are incredibly excited about how the script turned out. We're just weeks away from sending it out. Stay tuned...
Q: Do you outline?
In my earlier books I didn't—I always felt I'd find an outline limiting. That said, during the writing of THE DEAL
I definitely ran into problems an outline certainly would have alleviated (saving me time and some serious headaches). For THE DEAL: ABOUT FACE
, I incorporated an outline process—what I term a 'Loose Outline', that keeps me on my path but gives the characters and story the necessary room to develop organically. I refined the process even further for DEAL MASTER
, and have nailed it down further with the current book (#4) in process. Guessing like writing as a whole, will be a never-ending learning curve.
Q: What is your education?
I have a BA in Psychology as well as an MBA in International Business, both from Syracuse University.
Q: What is your writing education?
Life. I've never had any formal training in this field. Books, movies—the art of story is something I've loved since I was a kid. During my last undergraduate year at Syracuse I decided the challenge of creating the same kinds of stories I always admired would suit me. I started writing and went from there. I continue to learn with each sentence I write.
Q: How do you do the research for your books?
The research for my books comes from four sources: myself (especially commercial real estate knowledge learned through my professional experiences), interviews with experts on a given topic, a ton of reading—both books and the internet—and on-site visits for accuracy of locations.
Q: Are your characters based on real people?
Yes but no. While no one character is based solely on a certain individual, all characters of substance are a combination of numerous people I've come across both personally and professionally. (Come to think of it, there is one exception. THE DEAL
's Neo is based exclusively on my long-haired Chihuahua, Theo).
Q: What are your favorite books?
Tough Question. Caleb Carr's THE ALIENIST has to be one of my favorite thrillers (an 'alienist' in the late 1800's was what today we call a 'profiler'). I love historical fiction; I'm fascinated by the combination of a strong thriller happening not only in a place but also a time I'm not familiar with. Another I'd recommend in this vein is Jed Rubenfeld's THE INTERPRETATION OF MURDER. Outside the thriller genre, but staying with fiction, Cormac McCarthy's THE ROAD was one of the most—if not THE most—profoundly moving reading experiences of my life. Anything the man scribes is pure genius.
As I said, tough question. There are certain authors I read all the time, each with more than one novel I could easily put on my 'favorites' list. These authors include, but are certainly not limited to: Daniel Silva, David Baldacci, Bob Dugoni, Harlan Coben, Robert Ludlum, Nelson DeMille, James Patterson, Martha Powers, John Grisham, Chris Grabenstein, Larry Light, Scott Turow, Brad Meltzer, Dan Brown, Marshall Karp and Jeffery Deaver, among others.
Q: Are the restaurants in your novels all real?
They are. One of the things I've always loved most about New York City is the restaurants; a restaurant is a great place for people to have real, sometimes intense interaction that can be private yet in a dramatic, public setting. I tend to use some of my favorites in my work.
Q: When do you write?
I like to write in the morning when my mind is fresh. A couple times during the week I get into my office extra early and get some time in before my day gets going. On the weekends, both days, I try to put in a couple hours before ten am. Two hours per writing session is my limit; over the years I've learned through trial and error I'm not as sharp if I go longer.
Q: Where do you write?
Either in my office, or at home in NYC. Believe it or not, it usually goes down in my dining room—where I have a big enough table to spread out all of my notes.