Gary Grossman is a multiple Emmy Award-winning television producer and author of the bestselling international political thrillers Executive Actions, Executive Treason, Executive Command, Executive Force, and Old Earth. He has also written two highly regarded non-fiction books on TV history. Grossman has been published by Dell/Delacorte, Byron Preiss Publishing, Diversion Books, Harlequin, Arlington House, and CBS/Popular Library. He has produced for NBC News, served as a columnist for the Boston Herald American, written for the Boston Globe and contributed to the New York Times. Grossman is Contributing Editor to Media Ethics Magazine and has produced more than 10,000 television programs for 40 networks. He’s a member of the International Thriller Writers Association, the Military Writers Society of America, and the Caucus for Producers, Writers, and Directors.
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Biggest literary Influencer:
Lee Child, Dale Brown, Tom Clancy, Steve Berry
Last book read:
Lee Child’s Without Fail (Getting caught up on my Jack Reacher novels!)
The book that changed your life:
Without a doubt, the first book in the thriller realm that captured my attention and set my course as a political junkie, journalist, documentarian and novelist was Seven Days in May, deftly written by Fletcher Knebel and Charles W. Bailey II. The nail-biting story about a White House coup attempt opened my eyes to the intersects between patriots and scoundrels. It was also the perfect bridge between my parents’ influence and the world beyond my Hudson Valley, NY small-town life. My father was in law enforcement, my mother in politics. Their experience, coupled with the warning in the book, the times, and Cold War fear resonated then as it does today. It’s why I write what I call “political reality thrillers.” They’re as real as tomorrow’s news.
Your favorite literary character:
I’m a huge Doctor Who fan. The series, in all its forms, transcends all time and all topics. It makes history relevant and gives relatable identity to historical figures. I’ve been a fan for years, but I especially love the reboot that began in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston. I even named a character Eccleston in my novel Old Earth, a geological thriller that also spans all time. Not surprisingly, I’m also a big fan of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Lee Child’s Jack Reacher, and Dale Brown’s Patrick McLanahan. That said, I also feel I write strong women characters. My mother’s impact.
Currently working on:
Ed Fuller, my Red Hotel co-author, and I are working on a sequel to Red Hotel. I’m also a full-time television producer/writer and I teach graduate courses in film and television at Loyola Marymount University.
Words to live by:
I have a few that cross over, into, and through my writing:
“A lie can travel half-way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”
“Coincidences take a lot of planning.”
Malcolm Nance, author, former US intelligence officer
“Past is prologue.”
Advice to new and aspiring authors:
I have three simple, straightforward bits of advice for aspiring authors:
Don’t stress about the staggering process of writing a book. Just put down three pages a day. Do the math. In a month it’ll be 90 pages, two months, 180, and then onward.
Channel your characters. Let them take over to write the first draft. You do the rewrites. I mean it. Give them their voices, they’ll do the heavy lifting for you before you start rewriting and polishing.
Ignore writer’s block. Work through it. Write every day. After all, do carpenters get carpenter’s block? Do electricians get electrician’s block? Teachers get teacher’s block or politicians get politician’s block? Write, write, write. And have the ending in mind or on paper. It’s your target.
“Red Hotel, a terrific, fast-paced, stylish, eye-opening spy thriller, with a knowing, insider’s look at the intersects of terrorism, the CIA, and world politics. Ripped right from the headlines, Red Hotel will forever change the way you look at hotels and use the phrase,’ road warrior.’”
— Bruce Feirstein, James Bond screenwriter,
Vanity Fair contributing editor, bestselling author
“Red Hotel is a cutting-edge story about very real targets all around us. A real-world drama that doesn’t just suggest what might happen, but is telling us what is beginning to happen right now!”
— Peter Greenberg, CBS News travel editor
“Baldacci, Brown, and Cussler: make room for Grossman and Fuller, and check into Red Hotel! It’s the year’s most eye-opening international thriller with a true wake-up call for everyone who travels anywhere. Page by page, the exciting plot delivers an inside-out view of the moving parts that make up the ever-changing geopolitical map.”
— Roger Dow, president and CEO,
U.S. Travel Association
“Take a deep breath, jump into this novel scenario from authors Fuller and Grossman. I dare you to try to go to sleep tonight once you begin.”
— Frank Helmick,
Retired Lieutenant General, U.S. Army