Monday, June 22, 2015

James Reasoner's Bookshelf


What books are on your nightstand?

No books on my nightstand because I don't read in bed, but on the table next
to my recliner in the living room are a paperback copy of STRIKE OF THE
MOUNTAIN MAN by William W. Johnstone and J.A. Johnstone, which I'm currently
reading, and my Kindle, where John Hegenberger's CROSS EXAMINATIONS and
Peter Brandvold's ONCE MORE INTO THE BREECH are at the top of the digital

Who is your all-time favorite novelist?

All-time favorite novelist is really tough. If I have to pick one...Dashiell
Hammett. Broaden that out to all-time favorite writer (because he wrote even
fewer novels than Hammett) and the answer is Robert E. Howard.

What book on your shelves might surprise us?

Book on my shelves that might be a surprise...also tough because people who
know me know that I read anything and everything. Maybe some romance novel
by Nora Roberts or Marsha Canham.

Who is your favorite fictional character?

Favorite fictional character...Conan the Cimmerian. With Benjamin J. Grimm a
close second.

What book do you return to?

 Book I return to...THE SUN ALSO RISES. I've read the whole thing four or
five times and assorted scenes many times. And I've ripped off--I mean, paid
homage to--the ending on numerous occasions. But the piece of fiction I
really return to is Irwin Shaw's short story "Main Currents of American
Thought", which I reread every year or two.

Well, I've managed to weasel out of a definitive answer on almost
everything, haven't I?

A lifelong Texan, James Reasoner has been a professional writer for nearly forty years.  In that time, he has authored several hundred novels and short stories in numerous genres. Writing under his own name and various pseudonyms, his novels have garnered praise from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and the Los Angeles Times, as well as appearing on the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. Recently, he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from Western Fictioneers.  He lives in a small town in Texas with his wife, award-winning fellow author Livia J. Washburn. His blog can be found at .

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Anonymous said...

One of the things I think is so interesting about this series is when it features writers I don't read very much or haven't read. I learn so much! Thanks. Oh, and I couldn't agree more that Hammett was an incredibly talented author.

Elgin Bleecker said...

Thanks, Patti, for this series of interviews. And thanks to James Reasoner for mentioning Irwin Shaw.

Charles Gramlich said...

I like "The Sun Also Rises," myself, but I love the opening piece of "A Farewell to Arms." I read that over and over for some good writing.

Jeff Meyerson said...

I've always been a big fan of THE SUN ALSO RISES too.

Jeff M.

John Hegenberger said...

With all that cools stuff, it seems like he has gobs of good books that he's read and written. I'd sure like to hear more. Is there perhaps a second part to this interview? Hope so.

Rick Robinson said...

I believe the photo of the bookshelves is sideways. This continues to be a great series.

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Patti, I'd like to know how many books all those metal and other shelves add up to!

pattinase (abbott) said...

A lot but you will never see more books than those resting in George Kelley's basement and in his room at the library.

No second part, John. Maybe on his blog.