Monday, April 24, 2006

It's all about us...

by Patty

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 “ 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.


  1. Welcome to blogdom! Now, if blogger would just let me get into the dashboard I could post a link...

  2. Thank you so much for the great intro, Patty, and for getting this party started--literally and figuratively!

  3. Ohhhh, Cornelia. Is that you in your baby foulies? You rock, girl! This is going to be so much fun...

  4. Nailed it in one, Patty. And I bet you can tell from my expression what an avid sailor I was, even back then.

  5. How come all your author pictures look so good?

    Welcome to the blogosphere. Cornelia will vouch that I'm mostly harmless. If she won't, Sandra might. If Sandra doesn't, I'll pay the homeless guy down the street to give me a testimonial. If he can't be bought, I start again with Cornelia.

  6. The answer to your question M.G. is body doubles. That's why you'll never recognize any of us on the street. Clever, eh?

  7. Interesting group of authors!

    I've linked to you on my I Love A Good Mystery blog and look forward to reading what you all come up with. :)

  8. Very happy to see you all here....looking forward to much fun and insight...

  9. Welcome to the block. I look forward to dropping in and getting to know all of you outside of your novels.

  10. JT, I think it's when you force them out of their novels that the "naked" part comes in.

    I'm willing to just let them poke out of the pages a bit. No need for a fright.

    And the jury's still out on MG, especially after she started rewriting my quotes.

  11. PS - Make sure you get up on Crimespot. It only takes bribing Graham with nude photos, so you guys should be shoe-ins.

  12. Welcome to the wacky world of blogomania. If you thought you were busy before, you have no idea what you're in for. But what the hell, right? What's a little less sleep?

  13. Interesting looking blog....but I don't see any naked people. What gives?

  14. How nice to find three old friends (Patty, Cornelia, and Jackie) along with two new friends (Paul and James) all in the same spot!

    I love the new blog site. Cheers to you all!


  15. Nice line-up ~ looking forward to soaking up your words of wisdom, one and all!

  16. Thanks to all of you incredible people for making us feel so welcome in the blogosphere. Janine, you'll be blown away by all my words of wisdom. Did I tell you I wrote the Da Vinci Code, too? Louise, thanks for your unflagging support. You're a gem.

  17. Yeah this looks like its gonna rock... I love authors who blog... very important and a great way of communicating with your readers....

    Been bugging Cornelia to set one of these up for ages...