JEFFREY L. DIAMOND is an award-winning journalist with forty years of experience in television news. He began his career at ABC News where he worked at Special Events, Weekend News, and World News Tonight, before moving to the weekly newsmagazine, 20/20. His body of work includes breaking news specials, newsmaker interviews, investigative reports on consumer and political issues, entertainment profiles and numerous crime stories. During his career, he collaborated with some of the biggest names in the business — anchors Barbara Walters, Charles Gibson and Stone Phillips, and correspondents Tom Jarriel, Lynn Sherr and Deborah Roberts. In 1991, Mr. Diamond created Dateline NBC and then moved on to executive produce Martha Stewart Living Television and Judith Regan Television at FOX News. He’s won six national Emmy Awards, two Dupont-Columbia Awards, one Peabody Award, two CINE Golden Eagle Awards and countless others. Live to the Network is Mr. Diamond’s third novel in the Ethan Benson thriller series. His first, Live to Air was published in 2015, and his second, Live to Tape, in 2017. A graduate of Lehigh University, he lives in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, is married, has two sons, a daughter-in-law, three grandchildren and a golden retriever named Bailey.
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Biggest literary influences:
Alexander Dumas, Cormac McCarthy, Ross McDonald, Lawrence Block, J. R. R. Tolkien
Last book read:
The Institute by Stephen King
The book that changed your life:
This is a very difficult question to answer. I’ve been inspired by the writings of Alexander Dumas and Leo Tolstoy, haunted by the stories of Stephen King and Dean Koontz, and transported to other worlds by the fantasies of Terry Brooks and Frank Herbert. But it was Michael Connelly’s first murder mystery, The Black Echo, published in 1992, that really changed my life. At the time, I was the executive producer at Dateline NBC. It was a high pressure job, and to relax, I spent many evenings immersed in fiction. I remember sitting in my living room when I finished the book and wondering if I could write a book like The Black Echo. Then, when I retired from my career in television news, I sat down at my computer and began writing my first thriller, Live to Air, and the rest is history.
Your favorite literary character:
This is another difficult question. I have many favorite characters from D’Artangan in The Three Musketeers and Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame to the many recurring characters in the murder mysteries that I read like Alex Cross, Jack Ringler, Lew Archer, Matthew Scudder and Lucas Davenport. But my hands down favorite is Harry Bosch, the irascible hero in Michael Connelly’s long running detective series. I have read all twenty-three books and have watched Harry grow and mature over the nearly thirty years since the first novel was published. To me, writing the storyline of a thriller is difficult but manageable once I lay out the book in my head. The hard part is keeping my main character relevant, making his personal story meaningful with realistic ups and downs that parallel the crimes that he’s investigating. Michael Connelly is a master of this, and Harry Bosch is his brainchild.
Currently working on:
The fourth novel in the Ethan Benson thriller series, All Cameras Live.
Words to live by:
If at first you don’t succeed, never, never give up.
Advice to new and aspiring authors:
Write about your interests, your passions, your life experiences, and once you’ve decided upon a topic and have completed your research, set a writing goal, sit down every day, and don’t stop until you meet that goal. I work four or five hours every morning when I’m writing, trying to crank out three or four pages a day — sometimes more, sometimes less. That’s how I get a story out of my head and down on paper. That’s how I write and finish my books. There are no shortcuts to the process — only hard work, diligence, and determination.