Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’ve published two novels and one short story, all based on the time I have lived in Europe, especially Paris. But my entire life has been based on writing of one sort of another, starting with my early life as a journalist.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My second novel is “Last Stop: Paris.” It’s a sequel to “Treasure of Saint-Lazare: A Novel of Paris,” and continues the story of Eddie Grant and Aurélie Cabillaud as they search for the mastermind behind the death of Eddie’s father, wife and son — and for a priceless painting the Nazis stole at the end of World War II. (The theft is based on history, and the painting is still missing, although it’s probably hidden in a bank vault somewhere.)
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Nothing particularly unusual. Like most writers, I have a hard time deciding when I have enough information to start writing.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I read widely in both fiction and non-fiction. In fiction I’m an admirer of Michael Chabon, Elizabeth Gilbert, Ann Patchett, and too many others to name. Michael Lewis is the non-fiction author I’ve read the most of in recent months.
What are you working on now?
The current project is a thriller to be set in Paris and Miami, with some of the same characters as the original stories, but a new plot.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I use social media, and my go-to vendor is BooksGoSocial.com. I also do some Facebook advertising and have a blog about Paris and books.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Place butt in chair. Write.
What are you reading now?
I’ve just completed Douglas Kennedy’s new novel “The Blue Hour” and am reading “Young Once,” by the French author Patrick Modiano, the Novel laureate in literature for 2014. I’m also completing a Coursera course on the French Revolution and have just started “Evicted,” by Matthew Desmond. The best surprise I’ve had lately was finding the outstanding “Mrs. John Doe,” by Tom Savage.
What’s next for you as a writer?
In addition to my work in progress, I have preliminary outlines for two more novels.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, by John LeCarré