Harlan Coben – The state of New Jersey…

The state of New Jersey is really two places – terrible cities and wonderful suburbs. I…


“The state of New Jersey is really two places – terrible cities and wonderful suburbs. I live in the suburbs, the final battleground of the American dream, where people get married and have kids and try to scratch out a happy life for themselves. It’s very romantic in that way, but a bit naive. I like to play with that in my work.”
-Harlan Coben

Harlan Coben – I wrote seven Myron Bolitar…

I wrote seven Myron Bolitar novels in a row, and I never want to write…


“I wrote seven Myron Bolitar novels in a row, and I never want to write a Myron book where he just solves a crime. Every one of them I want to be personal, and I want him to grow and change. The problem with that is, it makes the series limited, you can’t write a series where a guy is always going through some kind of crisis.”
-Harlan Coben

Harlan Coben – I always say three things…

I always say three things make a writer: inspiration, obviously perspiration, doing the work. But…


“I always say three things make a writer: inspiration, obviously perspiration, doing the work. But the third is desperation. I’m not really fit for anything else, or to have a real job. That fear drives me. The pressure has always been self inflicted.”
-Harlan Coben

Harlan Coben – No characters in ‘Stay Close…

No characters in ‘Stay Close,’ including the leads, are black and white. I want them…


“No characters in ‘Stay Close,’ including the leads, are black and white. I want them to be grey. I think that makes for a much more interesting reading experience, something that will stay with you a little bit longer.”
-Harlan Coben

Harlan Coben – If I’m not writing well…

If I’m not writing well, I’m not happy. If I’m not spending enough time with…


“If I’m not writing well, I’m not happy. If I’m not spending enough time with my family, I’m not happy. If I’m not connecting to friends or if I don’t work out enough… You get the point. Everything has to be balanced. Nothing should be an extreme.”
-Harlan Coben