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Michael Koryta in Conversation with TheReadingRoom


Michael Koryta’s suspense novels have been lavished with praise by such writers as Stephen King, Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane and Dean Koontz, among many others. The New York Times bestselling author has won an Edgar Award, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and has been nominated for countless others. With ten novels to his name, including his latest, Those Who Wish Me Dead, Michael Koryta has firmly established himself among the top echelon of crime writers. Michael, congratulations on the publication of your tenth novel, Those Who Wish Me Dead. When you penned your first novel, Tonight I Said Goodbye, did you ever imagine you’d be here, a decade later, with a legion of fans eagerly anticipating every new release? I still anticipate that the legion of fans will be my mom and my aunts. If anyone else comes out, it’s always a pleasant surprise. But in all seriousness, it is a strange feeling to look at the list of “also by Michael Koryta” titles in the front of the book and realize how many there are now. Time went by fast. I’ve been incredibly fortunate, blessed with great publisher support and wonderful editors. Writing for a living was always my dream, so to have this opportunity is a truly special and appreciated thing. I hope I can continue to deliver books that please an audience, because this is what I love to do. Those Who Wish Me Dead has also been optioned for film by 20th Century Fox.  Is that like the icing on top of the cake, or is there any awareness during the writing process that film studios are always on the lookout for work to utilize for adaptation to the screen? Definitely a very sweet reward to have the book in development even ahead of release. I don’t really carry awareness of film possibilities into the writing process, because I assure you that writing the book is hard enough for me, so considering another medium would be overwhelming. I suppose it might creep into your mind if you’ve seen movies made from your work. To date, I’ve sold a lot of options, and seen scripts and heard talk, but nothing has actually appeared on screen. I would imagine that experience is surreal enough to become harder to block out, but it’s impossible to say until you’ve gone through it. Visit TheReadingRoom to read the whole interview and check out Michael’s recommendations for Must-Read Crime Novels.