Why NakedAuthors? I’m glad you asked. When Paul Levine first agreed to join me in the blogosphere, I asked him if he had a suggestion for a name. He shot back with “NakedAuthors.com with a team photo, of course.” I laughed because Paul is a very funny guy. You’ll see when you read his books. Then I became reflective. Not only did the name pop, it followed sterling literary precedent set by The Naked and the Dead, Naked Lunch, and that great literary masterpiece Naked Came the Manatee. The name stuck with us. We hope you’ll stick with us, too, as each day one of us posts words that are funny or profound or downright exasperating. We’re going to talk about the naked truth of literature and life, and we invite you to join the conversation. Just so you know what you’re getting into, an introduction of sorts…
Mondays with Patricia (that’s moi)
Patricia Smiley has written two novels and a third in the pipeline about Los Angeles business consultant Tucker Sinclair. FALSE PROFITS received a starred review from Booklist and was a Book Sense recommendation. The Romantic Times selected COVER YOUR ASSETS as a Top Pick. Both books were Featured Alternates of the Mystery Guild and Los Angeles Times Bestsellers. Elizabeth George said of her first book: “Patricia Smiley and Tucker Sinclair are two of the brightest stars to light up detective fiction in a long time.” Lillian Smiley, discerning critic and mother of the author said: “Are there any bad words in there?”
Tuesdays with Paul
Paul Levine is the author of the bestselling Jake Lassiter novels. The Los Angeles Times honored his first in the series, TO SPEAK FOR THE DEAD, as one of the ten best mysteries of the year. A screen adaptation of the book appeared as an NBC movie in 1995. SOLOMON VS. LORD, the first in his new series about Miami lawyers Steve Solomon and Victoria Lord, has been described as "A sexy, wacky wonderful thriller with humor and heart." His latest book is THE DEEP BLUE ALIBI. Paul also writes for TV and is a winner of the prestigious John D. MacDonald Award.
Wednesdays with Cornelia
If you haven’t heard of Cornelia Read yet, you soon will. Her first novel, A FIELD OF DARKNESS, is hitting bookstore shelves in May 2006, and the buzz is deafening. Like her heroine Madeline Dare, Cornelia has lived a life full of contradictions. She was born into old-school East Coast WASP culture but raised near Big Sur by divorced hippie-renegade parents whose friends included Sufis, surfers, and striking farm workers. Cornelia writes with a strong narrative voice and an edgy sense of humor that will leave you breathless.
Thursdays with James
In his twelve years as a trial lawyer James Grippando learned a lot about telling stories, which laid the groundwork for what he does now: He writes bestselling legal thrillers that will forever leave you sleeping with the lights on. His latest is GOT THE LOOK, the fifth installment in his series featuring Miami criminal defense lawyer Jack Swyteck and his outrageous sidekick, Theo Knight. If you haven't read the Swyteck series, you're in for a wild ride. If you’ve read all of them and are dying for more, then stay tuned. Another installment is in the works, so conserve electricity while you can.
Fridays with Jacqueline
Jacqueline Winspear is the author of the Maisie Dobbs series about a compelling and engaging sleuth in post World War I England. Since publication of her first novel, MAISE DOBBS, for which Jacqueline received seven award nominations, including a nomination for the prestigious Edgar Award for best novel (only the second time a first novel has been nominated in this category), she has won the Agatha Award twice, plus a Macavity Award, an Alex Award, and an Earphones Award for the audio version of PARDONABLE LIES, her third novel. Jacqueline is an impressive talent whose star continues to rise.
Hold on to your hats! We hope it will be a wild ride.