Aug 192014
Like many other writers I was shocked to learn Jeremiah Healy passed away recently. I loved his work, having picked up the first John Francis Cuddy books because I had read most Spenser books and was looking for something similar. Of course, besides the Boston PI thing there's little they really had in common. The Cuddy books had their own style and Cuddy wasn't the superman Spenser was.
So sad that now both Robert B. Parker and Jeremiah Healy have passed away.
I will always be grateful for the blurb he provided for my Noah Milano books:
 "J. Vandersteen takes us back to the glory days of pulp fiction. And I mean the genre, NOT the movie. His Noah Milano character rings completely true as a tough, lone-wolf private."

That goes to show you what a wonderful man he was and how friendly he was to his fellow writers, always ready to help them along.

He will be missed by readers, writer and family.
Aug 062014

Beginning of May I spent a few hours with Neda Ulaby of National Public Radio, and the resultant profile will air on NPR’s Morning Edition Thursday, August 7th. (That’s tomorrow as I post this, but may be today or yesterday by the time you get around to reading it.) Air time will vary with individual stations, but if you are unable to catch it live, you’ll be able to listen to it on line. I’ll post a link in a day or two.


 Posted by at 5:48 pm
Jul 162014
BOLO Books: Did you and/or your publisher have any trepidation about centering your latest novel around a school shooting—with it being such a grim and hot-button topic of discussion these days?
Marcia Clark: People want to talk about this subject. They need to talk about it. We can’t push this under the rug and pretend that’ll make it all go away. We have to get out ahead of the problem and we can’t do that unless we to learn as much as we can, talk about it and find ways to spot these killers before they can act. That is, ultimately, our best protection. But it’s a difficult subject, to say the least. So putting it into a fictional setting creates somewhat of a remove, a safer forum to learn about it and think about it. I’ve been very glad and relieved to see all the positive reviews and reactions, and all the discussions the book has sparked.
Jul 072014

Stolen, without shame or apology, from a Yahoo newsgroup—

Senior trying to set a password:

WINDOWS: Please enter your new password.
USER: cabbage

WINDOWS: Sorry, the password must be more than 8 characters
USER: boiled cabbage

WINDOWS: Sorry, the password must contain 1 numerical character
USER: 1 boiled cabbage

WINDOWS: Sorry, the password cannot have blank spaces.
USER: 50bloodyboiledcabbages

WINDOWS: Sorry, the password must contain at least one upper case
USER: 50BLOODYboiledcabbages

WINDOWS: Sorry, the password cannot use more than one upper case
character consecutively.
USER: 50BloodyBoiledCabbagesShovedUpYourAssIfYouDon’tGiveMeAccessNow!

WINDOWS: Sorry, the password cannot contain punctuation.

WINDOWS: Sorry, that password is already in use.

 Posted by at 1:10 pm
Jul 062014

Many of my books have been translated into various languages and published around the globe. But many have not, and there’s a new web-based business that brings writers and translators together on a shared-royalty basis. Will it work? I’ve no idea, but it seems worth a try, and I’ve posted two of my titles, The Specialists and Such Men Are Dangerous. The site is, and if any of y’all are eager to translate one of ‘em into Spanish or Turkish or Finnish or Hungarian or…well, pretty much anything this side of Basque, visit their site and see what you think of the operation.

 Posted by at 2:03 am
May 092014
“We spend billions of dollars fighting Islamic terrorism in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, when there’s a much bigger, more dangerous threat right across the border. And we’re funding it.”

- Ralph Pezzullo recounts a conversation with a police chief about Mexican drug cartels. Hunt the Jackal, Book 4 in his SEAL Team Six series with former Navy SEAL Don Mann, addresses the pernicious reach of these cartels head-on. It goes on sale next Tuesday.