THE BIG THRILL


     One question I’m often asked — aside from "where do you get your ideas?" — is "what’s it like to be an author?"
That’s
rather like asking, "what is it like to be you?"  Well, I’ve always
been me, so I have nothing to compare with the experience. As for being
an author, the big thrill is actually holding the completed, published
book in my hand. I will never forget the day my first book was
published, and it arrived at my home. On the hardback spine were the
words THE SAINT  BURL BARER.   The full title was on the front, and it
is a long title…but seeing THE SAINT BURL BARER on a high quality
hardbound book, library binding, fully illustrated was a source of joy
and accomplishment for me. Saintalias2

It hasn’t changed.  I feel that same
sense of completion and reward each time I hold my latest book for the
first time — even STEALTH which I wrote in English but was published
only in a Japanese translation. . And even though the publishers send
me some promotional copies, I often find the book in the stores before
my complimentary copies arrive — so, I buy one, sit down, and read it.
In
truth, I can’t really read one of my books as if I hadn’t written it
for at least a year after it comes out — it is still too fresh in my
mind. You know, where I was when I wrote a certain page, or note a
paragraph that I agonized over uselessly.
THE SAINT: A Complete
History was written in so many ciities, on so many different computers,
in many different programs: FIRST CHOICE ( dos)  LOTUS, WORD PERFECT,
MSWORD, RTF, and whatever was available. Hence, each page reminds me of
the place I sat, the comluter I used, the problems I faced, or the fun
I had.
CAPTURE THE SAINT was written in such diverse locales as
Burbank, California, Loon Lake, Washington, and mostly at my mother’s
condo in Seattle, Washington. A former newspaper woman, my mom would
proofread each page, and encourage me with treats. "Give me ten more
pages," said Mom, "and I’ll give you a bowl of ice cream."  It worked.
Before
you ask:, yes I will write more SAINT adventures —  two more novels
are already envisioned, and some short stories…and that may just be
the beginning. I love Simon Templar, and writing THE SAINT is a dream
come true. For my true crime fans, I am about to do another one so hold
on for that.
In the meantime, I’ll be offereing some exclusive "on-line" only exclusives that you won’t find anywhere else….so
keep your computer tuned to this URL.

Best to you,
Burl

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