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recorded Nov 17, 2011 04:30PM
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Nov 10, 2011 10:07AM
TNT brings six of the best-selling mystery writers of all time together for one night. Scott Turow, Sandra Brown, Lisa Gardner, Richard North Patterson, April Smith and Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark will be available to answer your questions.

Have a question for our panel of mystery writers? Ask it here, or vote for your favorite question.
Dan Lopez:
Nov 11, 2011 10:05AM
What's it like having your book(s) adapted for television?
Nov 11, 2011 12:17PM
What was the process for choosing the books to be made into a movie?
Laura-nassidesa Eschbaugh:
Nov 11, 2011 12:31PM
Did you have any input when it came to casting the characters in your book?
Valerie Knox:
Nov 16, 2011 11:16AM
Did you ever think that any of your novels would get adapted to movies for television? And also, do you prefer television or film for your novels??
Mary Ellen Silvey:
Nov 12, 2011 09:32AM
What is your favorite mystery book?
Nov 13, 2011 06:24AM
I'm excited about this series! I am planning book club/tv show viewing nights with my friends. Do any of you have a favorite tv show or series?
La Reyna Trujillo:
Nov 13, 2011 08:22AM
Were you all able to have your input heard in the process of going from book to film?
Lisa Gowin:
Nov 13, 2011 03:24PM
How do you deal with any creative differences that may be made in the film adaptation?
Hira Hasnain:
Nov 14, 2011 12:38AM
A lot of times the integrity of a novel is compromised in order to arrive at a movie fit for the masses; how do you, as an author, deal with the changes that need to be made in order to arrive at a vision shared by both the author and the director?
Hira Hasnain:
Nov 14, 2011 12:39AM
Also, as an author, which novels do you consider to have been successfully turned into entertaining movies?
Nov 14, 2011 11:25PM
Is there anything from your novel that you are particularly excited to see brought to the screen?
Nov 15, 2011 11:09AM
If you were going to cast yourself in a movie about your life, who would you want to play you?
Nov 15, 2011 11:39AM
Are you ever motivated by film or movies when writing?
Corey Simpson:
Nov 15, 2011 01:29PM
which one of your books would you like to see made into a movie?
Hollee Jones:
Nov 15, 2011 01:43PM
Are you as happy with the adaptation of your book as you'd hoped to be? Many readers of mystery/crime/detective novels are disappointed with the movie adaptations. Why do you think that is?
Sara Turner:
Nov 15, 2011 01:49PM
What process do you go through when you are writing a book.. do you stay in the house til the book is over, etc???
Nov 15, 2011 01:52PM
Lisa, How was Hide the lucky one chosen to be made into a movie?
Dawn Mequio:
Nov 15, 2011 02:02PM
Why out of all your great books was Hide chosen for tv?
S.R.R. Colvin:
Nov 15, 2011 02:23PM
As a former correctional officer of over eight years, I find that my daily life is affected by all I've witnessed in the depraved world of ____________(fill in the blank with dirtbag of your choice, I've seen it all), and I'm always on heightened alert to stay safe, even in Wal-Mart. As crime writers your research probably involves interviewing those involved with the various aspects of crime - from criminals to victims and from detectives to court officials.

My question: Have you learned things in your research that have helped you avoid danger in real life?
Ande Cohon:
Nov 15, 2011 02:37PM
While creating cruel & sadistic villians for your stories, did any of these characters give you nightmares?
Stephanie Pearre:
Nov 15, 2011 02:51PM
To anyone: Do you feel that adapting your book to a TV version took something away from your book that you can only get by reading it?
Carrie Tillman:
Nov 15, 2011 03:19PM
Has writing suspense/mysteries made you more cautious about your safety and that of your loved ones?
Carol Riley:
Nov 15, 2011 03:41PM
are any of you making a cameo in your movie?
Dan Carr:
Nov 15, 2011 10:23PM
How hard is it to make us connect, so we care about the characters?
Cheryl Lazenby:
Nov 15, 2011 07:26PM
Mary, which one of the movie adaptations of your books are you most pleased with?
Erin Brunner:
Nov 15, 2011 07:32PM
Did you get to put any input in about casting?
Kristin Downer:
Nov 16, 2011 10:03AM
For Lisa Gardner: Does it ever get overwhelming having written about these horrific crimes and now watching one of them come to life?
Lynn Paris:
Nov 16, 2011 10:46AM
Was it hard to choose the titles that were chosen to be apart of The Movie Mystery Night?
Lindsay Dias:
Nov 16, 2011 11:19AM
Did you have any funny or scary things happen to you while researching/writing any of your books?
Nov 16, 2011 12:22PM
Does it bother you that scriptwriters change your character's appearance or combine several characters into one? Is it okay as long as they are true to your story?
Charlie Meizlish:
Nov 16, 2011 01:24PM
Did you adapt your books to the screen? Were there aspects of the novels that were left out or changed due to time constraints for television?
Joe Stern:
Nov 16, 2011 02:12PM
Who are your biggest influences and what impact have they had on your writing?
T.M. Carper:
Nov 16, 2011 02:21PM
What scenes are the hardest to write? Which are the easiest? What about characters? Are the villians more fun to write at times or more difficult?
Terri Jones:
Nov 16, 2011 04:18PM
Who is your favorite author and why?
Deb Novack:
Nov 16, 2011 04:26PM
How do you keep coming up with such new and wonderful story lines?
Nov 16, 2011 04:28PM
(All) Where does the inspiration/idea for each book come from? How long does it take to formulate that into a novel or finished product?
Nov 16, 2011 04:55PM
I am an aspiring writer. How long did it take to write your first book? Does writing a novel get easier as you write more and more?
Jennifer Middleswarth:
Nov 16, 2011 07:59PM
Was your input requested when the main characters were cast in the adaptations of your books?
Shan ~ A ~:
Nov 16, 2011 10:40PM
If you have seen the finished product, were you satisfied with it or do you think that other directorial choices should have been made? I know as a reader I have in mind my idea of characters that I am getting to know, so I just wondered if everything came out the way any of you expected.
Gen Shikouken Nguyen Quyen:
Nov 17, 2011 04:18PM
who's your inspiration when you write a book?
Nov 17, 2011 04:28PM
Which authors do you like to read? What are you reading at the moment?
Nov 17, 2011 05:25PM
q Is it hard to stick with one genre?
Cherie Robinson:
Nov 17, 2011 05:42PM
what happened?
Timothy Darling:
Nov 17, 2011 05:58PM
This was excellent ... thank you
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