Year end is the time when many of us look back and take stock of what we’ve accomplished, what’s still left on the to-do list, and what we envision for the future. I also find myself thinking about the many things I’m grateful for. While this year has been one of the strangest of my life, many good things have happened. My tour for Total Power is a great example. Since every event that bookstores and libraries hosted was virtual, many more fans had the opportunity to participate. Their energy was infectious and one thing was clear: A pandemic couldn’t stop readers from tuning in to discuss their beloved literary characters. I was afraid that sitting in front of a video camera for two weeks might be a bit soul crushing, but it turned out to be exactly the opposite. I’m thankful for every person who joined me as I traveled across the virtual country. Your questions and running commentary with other fans made the events lively and fun.
As I write this, I’m listening to an interview with the legendary John le Carré, which has reminded me of one more thing I’m grateful for: The opportunity to play a role in the rich tradition of thriller writing. Thanks to all of you, this pastime-turned-profession allows me to create other worlds, explore things I would have otherwise known nothing about, and see life through the eyes of characters who are nothing like me.
Let’s wrap up this year with a few videos featuring some of the writers, fans, and interviewers I talked to during my tour. I appreciate your continued support and look forward to seeing you all in 2021!
Poisoned Pen with Brad Thor
I met Brad before he published his first book and we’ve been friends ever since. From our first get-together, I had no doubt he’d go far in this business. And boy was I right… Our video is here.
Once Upon A Crime with Tim Flynn
I met Tim when I went to Saint Thomas Academy for the launch of The Survivor and a celebration of Vince’s life. He was warm and welcoming, as was the rest of Vince’s family. I still get together with a few of them when my tour kicks off in Minneapolis each year. Our video is here.
Hudson Library & Historical Society with Librarian Gwen Mayer
Going to libraries are some of my best memories as a kid and nothing makes me happier than being in a position to support them. Our video is here.
Murder By The Book with Jack Carr
I had the pleasure of meeting Jack when his first book launched a few years ago. I was more than impressed with his career as a Navy SEAL and the no-holds-barred attitude he brings to writing novels. If you’ve been following his trajectory, you already know that he’s quickly risen to become one of the most popular writers in this industry. Our video is here.
Barrington Books with Mitch Rapp Ambassador Brian Costello
The Mitch Rapp Ambassadors are a group of readers who get advance copies of my latest books and weigh in on social media before each is released. After spending a solitary year writing, I always enjoy hearing what these Mitch Rapp super fans have to say. Our video is here.
Novel. with The Real Book Spy
Ryan Steck, known as The Real Book Spy online, is a one-stop shop of book reviews, author interviews, and must-read lists. Starting out as a fan who put his opinions out there on the Internet, Ryan is now one of the most respected voices in the thriller/mystery industry. And, as a bonus, he knows more about Mitch Rapp than anyone on the planet. Our video is here.
Toledo Lucas County Public Library with Library Director Jason Kucsma
This library was new to me, but I hope it won’t be the last time I’m invited for a visit! Our video is here.