Skip to main content

Interview with author Eric Van Lustbader

Today, I'd like to welcome author Eric Van Lustbader to My Book Retreat. You can read my review of his latest book in the Jack McClure series, Father Night here.

Q. Welcome to My Book Retreat! I've enjoyed all of the books in the Jack McClure series. How did you come up with the idea for that series?

I wanted to write about a situation I've had in my life for years -- being a surrogate father to a young girl coming of age. I wanted the man to be somewhat like me, so I had him be dyslexic -- a bit more than I am, but, you know, this is fiction.

Q. You were given the opportunity to continue the Jason Bourne series after Robert Ludlum's death. What was it like to pick up someone else's characters and continue their stories?

Well, Bob and I were very good friends, who shared a lot of views on writing thrillers and creating characters. We met in 1980, when both The Ninja and The Bourne Identity were on the NY Times Bestseller list together. Since then, I had become a kind of expert on Jason Bourne, so that by the time the estate asked me, I knew the character inside and out. It was very easy for me to take over the Bourne novels. Now everyone in them, apart from Bourne, are my creations.

Q. What are you working on now?

I just finished The Bourne Retribution, the most high-octane Bourne novel I've written. Beloved Enemies, the fifth Jack McClure novel, out next year, will wrap up the series for the foreseeable future. Next up, either a new Bravo novel or a new stand-alone with an entirely new protagonist. I have great plot lines for both.

Q. I'm looking forward to reading Beloved Enemies next year! What are your strategies for making characters seem real so the reader connects with them?

I put a lot of myself into them, also bits and pieces of people I meet or know. I am meticulous about not making characters one-dimensional -- there's good and bad in everyone.

Q. What sorts of relationships and experiences do you most like to explore in your writing?

The relationship between men and women, because it's so powerful, complex and, ultimately, mysterious.

Q. What genres and authors do you most enjoy reading?

I write contemporary thrillers and I'm constantly reading non-fiction for research, so for fun I read more literary novels by Jennifer Egan, Rose Tremain, Amitav Ghosh, Roberto Bolano, Heidi Julavits.

Q. What do you enjoy doing when you're not reading?

I'm a total music hound, so listening to music, traveling, being with my wife in romantic settings.

Thank you so much for visiting My Book Retreat. I'm looking forward to reading the conclusion of the Jack McClure series next year!

Check out my reviews of Eric Van Lustbader's Jack McClure series:

First Daughter
Last Snow
Blood Trust
Father Night

Visit the Eric Van Lustbader on his website, Facebook and Twitter

Comments

Post a Comment

Thanks for stopping by! I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Popular posts from this blog

Getting back to blogging

It seems that blogging has dropped to the bottom of my list for the past year, and was pretty low for the year or two prior to that. I love to read, and am continuing to do so, but as my regular readers know I haven't been around much. My last blog post was almost a year ago!!

There are many things that have taken me away from blogging. Work has been much more challenging and interesting these past few years, but that means I really don't want to get back on the computer when I get home at night - or on the weekends.

Family life has been more busy with kids having multiple activities in the evenings, leaving little time to just hang out and write about the books that I read.

I will admit to a bit of a Facebook addiction, which means way too much time spent scrolling through my newsfeed instead of doing something more productive. This is one of the things I'm working on and hoping that this will free up some time for getting back to the blog.

Overall, life is good. Work is …

Book Review: The Bookman's Tale by Charlie Lovett

Peter Byerly is distraught over the loss of his wife nine months ago. He has retreated to their cottage in the English countryside, hoping to return to his love of collecting and restoring rare books. But when he opens a book about Shakespeare forgeries and finds a Victorian watercolor of a woman who looks just like his wife, Peter is soon on a search for the origin of the painting and the truth about Shakespeare's real identity.

The Bookman's Tale: A Novel of Obsession by Charlie Lovett is a wonderful journey for anyone who loves books. It follows Peter's search in 1995, which turns into a bit of a thriller at times. But Lovett also takes the reader back in time a bit so we can learn the story of his relationship with his wife and how he came to be a bookseller. He does a beautiful job of expressing Peter's feelings about the rare books he encounters, and his feelings are contagious.

And then he takes us back even further to the history of one particular volume, whos…

Book Review: The Secret Lake by Karen Inglis

When Stella and Tom move to a new home in London, they are sad to have left their friends behind. But soon they have a mystery to solve. Their neighbor's dog, Harry, keeps disappearing. Where is he going and why is he always wet when he comes home? As they investigate the area in the garden where Harry seems to come and go, they discover a hidden tunnel that takes them back to their garden ... almost 100 years ago.

The Secret Lake by Karen Inglis is a wonderful children's book that reminds me of the adventurous stories I read as a child. I saw other reviewers say something similar. I'm not sure what it is about the way the story is told, but it is reminiscent of children's books from many years ago, yet it will definitely appeal to the kids of today.

Stella and Tom have an adventure in the past that leads to new friends and discoveries. While it's a time travel story, it doesn't have a lot of fantasy elements (although there are some moles that act a bit unusua…