How did you create the plot for this book?
Two movies influenced my books: The Godfather and 2001 Space Odyssey. I loved The Godfather for its realistic treatment of the Mafia violence – and for it treatment of two apparently very different brothers, Michael and Sonny Corleone. 2001 Space Odyssey - where the computer Hal takes over the spacecraft after the astronauts try and “disconnect” him opened my eyes to the potential of computers and artificial intelligence to emulate human life and consciousness.
I was eventually able to take the concepts from those two movies and create a story about two very different brothers – who become closer than ever after one of them duplicates himself on a computer – just before he is is murdered.
Death Never Sleeps and Death Logs In have been described as psychological and technological dramas – wrapped inside of traditional crime thrillers. The plot was a logical outgrowth from these two movies from over forty years ago.
What’s your favorite memory?
How can you pick out a favorite memory? Maybe I’m particularly fortunate but I think I have thousands of favorite memories, beginning with early childhood and continuing through each phase of my life, as recently as last week traveling with my wife on a book tour down South where I also reconnected with dear friends and relatives that I hadn’t seen in too many years.
What is your most embarrassing moment? (Or moments.)
Several years ago, I had landed in Nice, France with my wife and daughter. The car rental lines were huge. After a half an hour, I finally got up to the Avis counter and someone cut in front of me – yet the young lady waited on him – despite seeing that he had cut in. I lost my temper and caused quite a fuss. She completed her transaction with the intruder and I stepped up again, continuing to harass her. As she looked at my rental reservation confirmation she broke out into a wide smile and proceeded to inform me that I had reserved my car through Auto Europe. She politely directed me to a new, equally long line for Auto Europe.
What’s one of your favorite quotes?
It’s from the film, The Life of Emille Zola: Paul Cezanne upon leaving Paris to settle in the south of France is asked by his old friend, Zola, “Will you write?” Cezanne answers, “No, but I will remember.”
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