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Joseph Finder

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in Chicago IL, The United States



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June 2009


Joseph Finder’s plan was to become a spy. Or maybe a professor of Russian history. Instead he became a bestselling thriller writer, and winner of the Strand Critics Award for Best Novel for BURIED SECRETS (2011), winner of the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel for KILLER INSTINCT (2006) and winner of the Barry and Gumshoe Awards for Best Thriller for COMPANY MAN (2005).

Born in Chicago, Joe spent his early childhood living around the world, including Afghanistan and the Philippines. In fact, Joe’s first language — even before English — was Farsi, which he spoke as a child in Kabul. After a stint in Bellingham, WA, his family finally settled outside of Albany, NY.

After taking a high school seminar on the literature and his

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Joseph Finder I try hard to be disciplined. I don't necessarily write every day, but it's a job, and I treat it as one. I have an office, and I keep regular hours,…moreI try hard to be disciplined. I don't necessarily write every day, but it's a job, and I treat it as one. I have an office, and I keep regular hours, starting very early in the morning. Some days go better than others, but the routine is important. As I often say, plumbers don't get plumber's block.(less)
Joseph Finder Thank you! I write thrillers because thrillers are what I liked to read, when I first discovered the world of adult books. I read the James Bond books…moreThank you! I write thrillers because thrillers are what I liked to read, when I first discovered the world of adult books. I read the James Bond books early on (and even tried to write my own - teenaged fan fiction! - but when on a college trip, somebody had a Ludlum novel, and I started reading and was completely hooked. It might have been partly a Walter Mitty-type fantasy: I was just a kid from the suburbs, and there was Jason Bourne dashing around the world, dodging bullets and killing bad guys and dealing with something unexpected every minute of the day. (This is also what I love about "24.")

I read a lot more widely — and actually read a lot of literary fiction — but in terms of plotting and the work of writing a book, the thriller frame is the one I like best. Ghost stories fascinate me, but a good ghost story is really, really hard to write: I look at Shirley Jackson and Stephen King, and I'm not sure I could do what they do. (less)
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Description: Joseph has written extensively on corporate corruption, espionage, international affairs, and writing in general.

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date: May 27, 2014 12:00AM
location: The United States
description: Tuesday, May 27 at 7:00 p.m.
Boston, MA
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Wednesday, May 28 at 6:00 p.m.
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Houston, TX
Murder by the Book

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Scottsdale, AZ
The Poisoned Pen

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Berkeley, CA
A Literary Salon with Mystery Readers NorCal.
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San Diego, CA
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message 4: by Sean

Sean Peters Hi

I hope Joe that you will in the future do a Q & A for my group " A Good Thriller"

We love thrillers !



Christine Hatfield Thanks for being my friend

message 2: by Zoë

Zoë Sharp Hi Joe

Thanks so much for Friending me here. Great to catch up with you. How's the writing going at your end?

See you at Bouchercon?

Zoë Sharp

message 1: by Beth

Beth Hi Joseph,
Thanks for befriending this fellow crime writer on Goodreads!
- Beth

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