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Writing is like a rock’n’roll gig

The Woodstock Revival Nightmare featuring Matt Rees on “deaf bass” A few years ago I played a Woodstock Revival gig. It didn’t go well. In fact, I wrote an entire article about the various live-show nightmares involved. And why you shouldn’t care, because it’s rock’n’roll. I think it applies to writing too. Just do it. […]

French TV: ‘Bethlehem’ most passionate crime novel

The most passionate crime novel of recent years On French television, Olivier Barrot describes the first of my Palestinian crime novels (The Collaborator of Bethlehem, or as Olivier reads from Le Collaborateur de Bethleem): “I must say that I don’t remember in recent years a crime novel so passionate.” Merci, Olivier! Related articles across the […]

The Hamas Kiss: a Memoir of Gaza

My most intense memories of Gaza and a Hamas man’s deadly vengeance Everyone wants Imad Akel dead. The Israeli army, the Palestinian police. But Akel wants revenge for the killing of his brother. In this new memoir I take you inside the dirty battles of the Gaza Strip, recounting Akel’s story and the part Gaza […]

Write a thriller: Make it funny

Comedy is a great way to draw readers to a character Thriller writers need to make their characters—particularly the hero—appealing to readers. That’s not always easy, because even the hero of a thriller might have to do some unappealing, nasty things to escape the bad guys and save the day. One important tool in the […]