It's much different today than it was during the Cold War. The CIA is not the subject of many books anymore. But that might change, because of international terrorism and Red China.
Most of my books are about contemporary subjects, and the world changes so fast that I'm lucky when events haven't overtaken the book I'm writing at the moment.
I sometimes use some personality traits to fashion part of a character. Most of my characters are composites of either people I know or people in the public eye.
I think it's more difficult now to write a spy thriller with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Many authors have tried, but few have succeeded in capturing the interest of readers.
Ernest Hemingway was the author I drew inspiration from.
I do write my manuscripts by hand, in pencil on legal pads. Then they are typed on a word processor by my typist.
I have no plans to use the Internet as the main subject of a novel.
I was trained in Army Intelligence, but spent most of my army career in the infantry. But like many people of my generation, I was very much caught up in the Cold War, and books and movies about espionage.
I try to end every chapter with an air of suspense. I try to leave the reader wanting to turn the page.
I try to use short sentences, short paragraphs and short chapters to keep the reader's interest.
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