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David Corbett

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David Corbett is the author of four novels: The Devil’s Redhead, Done for a Dime (a New York Times Notable Book), Blood of Paradise (nominated for numerous awards, including the Edgar), and Do They Know I’m Running (Spinetingler Award, Best Novel—Rising Star Category 2011).

David’s short fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, with two stories selected for Best American Mystery Stories.

In 2012, Mysterious Press/Open Road Media re-issued all four of his novels plus a story collection in ebook format.

In January 2013 Penguin published his textbook on the craft of characterization, The Art of Character (“A writer’s bible that will lead to your character’s soul.” —Elizabeth Brundage).

He has taught creative writi

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The Art of Character: Creat...
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Do They Know I'm Running?: ...
3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 97 ratings — published 2010 — 7 editions
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The Devil's Redhead
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Blood of Paradise
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Done For A Dime
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Killing Yourself to Survive
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Mercy of the Night, The
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Une certaine vérité
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The Mercy of the Night
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Done for a Dime
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A Place to Stand
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David Corbett David Corbett said: " An incredible prison memoir but also a heartbreaking view into the troubled life of a thoughtful boy abandoned by his mother and left to fend for himself by his own wits. A story of family, crime, solitude, desire, ambition and the never-ending drive ...more "

The City & the City
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Yes, there's something about being forced to interact with an animal on its level, not yours, that forces a character to deal with frustration and
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" On this week's episode of Justified, a prisoner who killed Waylon's criminal father remarks that it's Waylon's mother who saved him, but it's his fath ...more "
" The quickest and most effective way I know to create depth in a portrayal is to give the character a secret -- and not something trivial.

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My hero. I read and weep. A male Martha Gelhorn (no, Hemingway doesn’t get that nod). Sentences as clear as glass and twice as dangerous. The human condition reported with humor and heart but utterly stripped of sentiment. The driest of martinis, wit ...more
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“The problem lies not with genre but with formula, which consists of seeing genre conventions as restrictions rather than mere guidelines, ends in themselves rather than possibilities.”
David Corbett, The Art of Character: Creating Memorable Characters for Fiction, Film, and TV

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Michael Murphy Best of success with your books, David. Thanks for connecting on Goodreads. Hope you'll add my Prohibition-era mystery, The Yankee Club, to your to read list. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

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