Mon, 12 Aug 13 at 14:33   | comment One Comment

Interview with Omnimystery News; How I Ran Afoul Of The Lawyers


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Omnimystery News interviews me about Full Ratchet, Silas Cade and the writing life:

OMN: Are any of the characters in the book based on real people?

MC: Funny you should ask that, because the first draft of Full Ratchet contained a character modeled after a famous, beloved, nationally known figure. Except in my version, he (or she — I’m not telling) was venal, corrupt and ruthless. The contrast amused me to no end, and passed my editor, but Penguin’s legal department took a dimmer view. Apparently there’s this thing called libel, and changing a name plus a few minor facts isn’t enough to hold off the lawyers.

Silas, however, is totally me. Ex-special forces, ex-Wall Street, as quick with a quip as a gun and never at a loss for something to say … Pretty much all I need to do to write these books is transcribe my life.

You can find the entire interview here.

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  • Jonathan Edwards says:

    Doesn’t look like the lawyers made you change very much.

    Just the first letter of the state the beloved nationally known figure lives in….

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