Matthew John Reilly is an Australian action thriller writer. His novels are noted for their fast pace, twisting plots and intense action.
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I am the international bestselling author of 13 novels. I've sold over 7.5 million books around the world and have done one AMA before. Ask me anything about this book or any of the others, I don't mind!
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Im a huge fan of your work, and have read everything you have done, sometimes even twice. I love the Shane Schofield series, as it has a fantastic level of bravery and badassery. But, I love the historical ties (very Indiand Jones-ish) feel of Jack West Jr series. Is there ever a possibility that the two universes could collide, or is that just too much action adventure to behold in one book?
I have been working on a mega-crossover idea. It can work...
Why did you have to do that to Elizabeth Gant?
These are thrillers and it keeps readers on the edge of their seats. That was hard to do, but it had to be done.
Big Australian fan burning the midnight oil for this AMA. (The second one I've been on.)
Over the years, much has been made about the inspiring way in which you secured your publishing deal.
Anyway, if Contest was never picked up, and writing professionally was permanently off the cards, do you think you would pursue a career in law, or perhaps something else entirely?
Mate, kudos for being up at this ungodly hour! You know, I like to think I still would be writing books if I hadn't been discovered then. I had actually started ICE STATION when CONTEST was discovered in a bookstore. If not, yep, probably law.
Hi Matthew, thanks for doing this AMA!
I heard you are open to the idea of book-to-film adaptations of your novels. I personally would love to see Hover Car Racer turned into film. Which books of yours would you most like to see portrayed on the big screen?
I'd love to see all of them! I'd very much like to see the ice station from ICE STATION made into a set.
I sold HCR to Disney but they didn't make it.
True fans who follow you know about your Han Solo frozen in carbonite, which you cherish. With your love for Sci-Fi and Story telling in general, have you thought about taking a story line in to space? Or is that a frontier that you are not interested in pursuing?
The Han Solo on my wall is my favourite thing! I once wrote a screenplay set in space, with planets fighting planets. It was very cool. No books as yet.
Hi, I am a big fan of all of your books. I have a couple of quick questions:
If you could travel to any time period in your DeLorean where would you go?
Are there going to be four more Jack West Jr books?
Do Shane Schofield and Jack West Jr exist in the same universe? If so do you think there might be the possibility of a team up book?
Egypt in the time of the building of the Great Pyramid -- I wanna see the aliens that built it!!
I'm trying to plan out more Jack West books, but it might take a while. And yes, a crossover is a very real possibility as they do exist in the same universe.
If you get the chance to create a film adaptation from any one of your books, which one would you pick? Also, would you dedicate the film to your wife Natalie if you got the chance to? From what I understand she was a major influence on your work.
Thank you for doing this AMA Mr. Reilly!
I'd like to see THE GREAT ZOO OF CHINA made as well as it's so timely. And I think a dedication to Natalie would be a good thing to do.
Hi Matthew! Real happy you're doing this, I missed your last AMA.
First, thanks for everything. I was introduced to your books when I was in the 7th grade (back in 2002) with Temple. And I was hooked! It's been a whole 13 years, I've bought everything you've written so far, and I'm eagerly awaiting delivery of The Great Zoo of China. And I still go back to being that awestruck child each time I read one of your books.
1) I'm sure a lot of people have spoken to you about film adaptations. I'm aware that in the past, Ice Station, Contest and Hover Car Racer were optioned, but never saw fruition. Do you think there comes a point where certain books just can't be adapted to cinema? Does it become an issue of creative control?
2) If you had unlimited resources at your disposal - which book of yours do you think would have the best potential to become a feature film?
Thanks for everything, Matthew! I'm a wildly imaginative 26 year old; and a lot of that is because of the entry of William Race, Shane Schofield and their various literary cohorts.
Hi from Kingston, Canada. Absolutely love your books! Are you planning on anymore Jack West Jr or Schofield books?? Or are you planning on doing any North American tours that take you up to Canada?
I'm heading to Philadelphia and NYC this week (weather permitting), but alas, no Canada at this stage. Now that I am based in the US, quick trips to Vancouver or the east are much more possible now! I'm enjoying writing some new heroes at the moment, but Jack and Scarecrow are always on my mind.
Hi Matthew, I'm a huge fan! I've read and re-read everyone of your books countless times since I've been about 14 years old and I absolutely love them! I would love to see ALL of your books made into movies, and so my question to you would be, who would you like to see playing the roles of Shane Schofield and Jack West on the big screen?
Chris Hemsworth and Chris Hemsworth. If you know him, please send him a copy!
If those two exist in the same universe, does that apply to any of your other books? Specifically Contest, and how that could apply to the otherworldly aspects of Jack West Jr's series.
Not sure about CONTEST. In AREA 7, the plot in TEMPLE is mentioned when the Marines gossip about conspiracy theories at the start!
How do you think ebooks have changed the industry for novelists? Good/bad?
They have allowed much more free books to be put out there, allowing readers to try new stuff: I did it myself with ROGER ASCHAM AND THE KING'S LOST GIRL. I love being able to put short stories out there, too. Travellers have led the way -- an iPad or Kindle is much easier to travel with that 10 books. As long as people are reading, I'm cool with it.
Hey Matthew, thanks for doing this AMA!
As a person that has grown up on your novels, I would like to know if did you have the ending to Five Greatest Warriors established well in advance? And also, can we see a possible return of Jack West Jr?
I have a single sheet of paper which has all seven plots listed. But they require the most research of all the novels. He will return. Just give me time.
I'm a Greenkeeper at Kingsbarns golf links and a massive fan. Would ever consider playing in the Alfred dunhill links championship? Also I re-read ice station whilst sitting in my drivers seat of my warrior apc whilst I was out in Iraq during the 2003 invasion, it kept me going during the quiet times! Can't wait to read the great zoo of China.
I've played Kingsbarns. Awesome golf course! Love those holes down by the water. You need some serious connections to get an invite to that -- but I would play IN A HEARTBEAT!!! Glad the book kept you going in Iraq -- that's what they're for, to help you escape. So pleased to hear that. Go Kingsbarns!
I've read almost all your books and gotta say I love them.
You mentioned in the interview in Scarecrow you might write a book for Aloysius Knight. Is that going to happen?
Are you planning to write a book just for Mother?
Keep up the writing mate.
Knight might get a short story, to be released for free online (iTunes and Kindle). I like doing that. Maybe not a whole book. Mother will probably always stay with Scarecrow.
You gave us The Tournament, Troll Mountain and The Great Zoo Of China in two years which, for you, is fairly prolific! Can we expect this to continue?
I went through a bit of a purple patch there. And a really varied patch, too, now that I look at it! Chess, trolls, dragons. I enjoyed getting away from the sequels, too. Be prepared for some more historical books.
Hey Matt, it's well known you own a Delorean. It's also fairly well known that Deloreans have terrible performance issues. Do you have many troubles with yours?
I found a great mechanic (who loves a challenge) and it's been driving well the last few years. A friend is using it in a movie now.
As someone who knows nothing about the Great Zoo of China, can you tell what is special about this book?
It is a zoo filled with dragons. In China. Today. It's the greatest novel ever written.
Stick your finger in each of your ears, take them out. Which ear has the most ear wax?
Your an author, Most have alot of eBook Piracy/Illegal Downloads of your book.
Do you care?
It pops up occasionally, but my publishers try to catch it early. For some retro piracy: Once I was told that in a youth hostel in Vietnam, there was a photocopy of ICE STATION...the whole book had been photocopied!
one more final question. Thanks for doing this AMA by the way. I live in Houston, and would love for you to make your wary through here while in the states. But I am curious that with your love for DMC (DeLorean Motor Company and their fine autos) combined with your fanciful imagination and knack for telling gripping stories full of excitement, twists, humor and action, one has to assume you are a big fan of Back to the Future. Have you ever thought about doing a stand alone, or a new series, which could be based around time travel? (like Dr. Who or BTTF or even Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure) thanks!
I have always wanted to do a time travel novel. But time travel is tricky. It must be internally consistent. I have some ideas, but I won't do that book until I have the internal consistency required.
Hey Matt, thanks for the AMA. Long time fan so I have loved your recent push into writing strong female leads. I am wondering if there are any other strong, war/action based historical females you may be inspired to write about?
I really enjoyed writing about Elizabeth I and CJ. I'm always on the lookout. In fact, I've been researching another great historical figure lately....can't tell you which!
Again from my 3rd grader. Any possibility of a Scarecrow video game? If so, please give each book it's own stage, include all characters and make it available for Xbox 360. (Thanks, Matthew. Your AMA is making our drive from Philadelphia to New Haven seen much shorter.)
I've had a couple of video game companies approach me. It's tough. They like to tie a game into a movie, so I might need a movie first. Chicken and egg, sadly.
Have you ever considered doing a prequel for scarecrow? His earlier exploits as a pilot, maybe even a book from the perspective of the team who rescued him.
I have, but I have one problem: we will know that he survives. This is my only issue with prequels.
Honestly, that's the best thing about Matthew Reilly's books. Because lets be real here, this ain't your Overrated Mission Impossible film. Your heroes are not invincible, they have to die someday, somehow. If you keep on saving the main characters you might as well term them as The Hulk, wouldn't you?. Because ain't nobody gonn' kill hulk?
I have real issues with the Hulk. He can't be killed. So what's the point?
After all this our Hero (Shane Schofield) has been through, are you considering a book where we know how exactly does he feel. Like He's been through Libby's death, He's been targeted by the world's former richest people. Maybe a Vengeful book with a more of a monstrous depiction of Shane or him turning Ice Cold, like Katniss, trying to not care about all that has happened? Because c'mon do you still expect him to keep on doing his duties as if nothing ever happened. Maybe this time, Scarecrow gets to choose his targets instead of getting assigned to them or them chasing him and he gets to chalk out and plot plans?
I tried to go that way in SCARECROW AND THE ARMY OF THIEVES and discuss how he got over the events in SCARECROW. I really liked exploring how heroes feel in those two books: in SCARECROW, for instance, the villain says to him: "No-one will know of your heroism and your sacrifice, so why do it?" That's a good question for every hero to answer. Scarecrow did stick a gun in his mouth, too, only to be saved by Mother (God I love her!).
Hi, greetings from Thailand! My brother and I are huge fans of yours! We just wanted to ask,
"Personally speaking, who is YOUR favorite character from all the books you wrote?"
Also wanted to say, I loved The Great Zoo of China but we're more of the suspense and mysterious type so were eagerly awaiting the next Jack West novel, or maybe something along the lines of The Tournament.
Again, big fans!!
Mother is fun to write. Hamish in Great Zoo was fun, too. Lucky in Great Zoo is a favourite, too.
G'day Matthew, do you have any advice on budding authors who want to make it into the business, and also, what do you expect to gain from your recent move to the States?
Write what you love and your enthusiasm will shine through! I needed a change a scenery and moving to the US has provided that. I'm loving it here. Lots of inspiration.
Hi Mathew TGZOC great read. Have you experienced
any difficulties around the world as you have
included a fair number or goverments/ countries
especially France and China in a negative role
against your lead characters?
I went to France last year, so they seem to be okay. Haven't tried to enter China since GREAT ZOO was published! Not sure they'll let me in now...!
Hi Matthew! Another book to film question from my 3rd grader: any chance that a Scarecrow book will hit the big screen?
I've tried twice. ICE STATION was once optioned and wasn't made. Then SCARECROW was optioned and not made. I'm thinking a TV show, like GAME OF THRONES, could be great. Yay for 3rd graders.
Hi Matthew! I LOVED The Great Zoo of China! Just wondering how excited you are to see Jurassic World?
And also, do you have any favourite tidbits of research for the book that you'd like to share?
I'm keen to see JURASSIC WORLD, too (although trained velociraptors? Hmmm.) As for GREAT ZOO: I gave all my dragons the hunting skills of real animals, like sharks, snakes, crocs and hawks. That was fun. And all the stuff about China in it is true!
Would you ever host Saturday Night Live if given the chance?
Met you in Perth this year, cool guy.
Are you still thinking of doing the Knight and Scarecrow crossover?
Also any news from Disney on Hover Car Racer?
Thinking of a Jack West and Scarecrow crossover, which would feature Knight. It has to be simply MEGA. Alas, Disney's rights on HCR expired late last year, so the rights reverted to me.
my question has to do with research behind the sets in which your character's stories are set. I read somewhere that during the process of writing of Contest, you were able to work with the library in New York, being able to have access to said library in order to more accurately capture the feel in your finished work.
I am wondering to what extent you did the same sort of research when writing Area 7?
I did scout the NYPL when I rewrote CONTEST for the US edition. Getting into secret underground bases for AREA 7 is a little harder! I found a cross-section of NORAD, which helped. But mainly it was my imagination.
Hello Matthew, big big fan of your works!
Will we see CJ, Huntsman, and Scarecrow work together? Maybe against some militarised ancient dragons? :D
I've considered it!
Hey, Matthew. I'm a huge fan, and thanks for doing this AMA.
Currently re-reading my entire collection of your books.
Will we see Marius Calderon vs. Scarecrow any time soon?
Any plans for another Australia tour in the near future?
Marius Calderon has the distinction of being the first villain to survive a Scarecrow book -- this was very deliberate. I want him and Scarecrow to clash again, for sure. No tours for two years. I need to sit down and write another book and that'll take the next year.
Hi matt! I really loved your "ice station" My question to you is,can you explain the process that goes into writing a book? Like how do you come up with the core story based on which the entire novel will be based on,et al. Thanks for doing this!
You actually ask a question starting with "what if". What if you discovered something that looked like a spaceship buried in the ice in Antarctica. The answer is the story. I.e. You'd send in a badass team of troops to protect it while several other countries sent in their badasses to kill everyone at the station and get it!
Loving it. Australia and the US a similar, but it's the scale that gets you. The US is so big! And LA has great collectible stores!!
Hi, just managing to stay awake in Australia. I have a rather battered and much read copy of Contest that I love to pieces. Your books are so easy to visualise. Do you think a tv series could happen some day?
Well done for staying awake! I think TV is leading the way these days (whereas so many movies suck). I sold 7 ANCIENT WONDERS once to a US TV network but it was never made. I'd love to see ICE STATION made into a cool eight-part TV series.
The Jack West Jr. question has been done already I see, so I'll have to ask another question: with the current zombie (e.g.: World War Z)/post apocalyptic (e.g.: Hugh Howey's Silo series or Sand)/dystopian (e.g. Hunger Games) craze; is there any change we'll see you write some story that goes in that direction?
I'm not really a zombie writer -- I like my villains to have strategy and thoughts. I do like "empty city" stories like I AM LEGEND and ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (and the Walking Dead scenes in empty places), so that could definitely work.
Hi Matthew! Huge fan of all of your books. I specifically love all of the chase scenes. They are my favorite scenes - so much action jam-packed together. Hovercrafts in Ice Station, cars in Scarecrow, buses with Jack West, etc. Of all of them, which was your favorite to write? And any new chase ideas to come?
I loved writing the garbage truck chase in GREAT ZOO. So much fun!
Will you write a sequel to the great zoo of China? As I want to know what happens to the yellow dragon family.
Thinking about it right now. Or maybe a historical book.
Hey Matt loved your books since i was a kid, i still have my beloved copy of ice-station bound up with bodge tape because i broke it.
I have many many question to ask about all your books, and i feel like a gimp for asking a question already answered in the back of one of your books but.....
Why did you have to do that to Book man, why ;_;
Also any more news of William Race? I loved that guy.
And i must say man, as much as i love my Beloved copy of Ice-Station that i have read so many times it is falling apart at the bindings, and Hover Car Racer because it was the book that introduced your writing to me, Area 7 Man, i think is my fav book of yours, and i feel is under appreciated. Any comments you would like to make on Area 7 would be amazing. Like what theme you were trying to set, what you were doing with the characters? Plot devices. Book II, etc.
Regarding Book: I had to set the tone right from the start: NO CHARACTER CAN BE SAFE, NO MATTER HOW NICE THEY ARE. And so Book had to bite the dust! As for Race, unlikely. TEMPLE was the hardest book to write, easily, and I don't think I can do that split-story any better.
Hello Matthew, huge fan here, with a quick question. Why did you decide to be so ruthless in your books when it comes to character deaths? Even when they're 'main' (Scarecrow's girlfriend for instance), it seems nobody is safe. Personally this is one of the reasons why I like your books so much, but I can imagine readers being scared off. Would you mind explaining your reasoning behind this?
These are thrillers, so no-one can be safe. The death scene in SCARECROW reverberated for years. I received hate mail for that. People still mention it at signings. My job is to keep you on the edge of your seat and this is one way I do it!
Do you have any advice for aspiring young writers? Or advice for young people in general?
Write what you love. Your enthusiasm will show. For young people: chase your dreams now. Don't wait till you're older. Best thing I ever did was start writing young.
How does one get a finished piece to a publisher for the first time? What's the process?
That's hard. Every author finds a different way in. I self-published. Now, you could put your work online and get spotted. One method: go to a writers' festival: often publishers go to them. Read the acknowledgements page in my books and you'll see my publisher's name there: don't just send a TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN letter. Send it directly and clearly.
What are your 3 favorito books?
Jurassic Park. Fatherland. Silence of the Lambs.
You really are a fun writer and went through a phase of constantly reading your books and loved both Contest and Ice Station.
These stories never seem to take themselves too seriously and instead seem more focused on just being fun for the reader and is something I have found across all the books of yours I've read.
This is more of a thank you than a question now that I've written it out.. So, yeah... Sorry.
Contest reminded me of video games such as Unreal Tournament, was this intentional, were you influenced by video games and if so, do you play regularly and what are your favourites?
They are fun and I don't take myself too seriously. It was strange when I started writing, because some reviewers (especially the snobby ones) just didn't get it. They couldn't understand reading for fun and enjoyment. No, video games weren't an influence, but I can see the similarity.
Morning Matthew (2nd of July birthday buddy) it's just after 4am Melbourne time here. Loved your latest book. Have there been any serious discussions with any movie makers to adapt any of your novels to film of late (as this seems the latest craze)?
The problem is the cost. My stuff would be very expensive to make into a film and movie studios like "sure things": hence the plethora of comic book adaptations. (The 2nd of July: the choice of champions.)
Mr Reilly, thanks for doing this AMA. Massive fan from Perth (it's 1am here). Just a few questions. What would you rather keep if you had to choose, the DeLorean or Han Solo? Are there any plans in motion to release a Scarecrow movie? And when will we be seeing Shane Schofield return to our shelves in a new adventure? Thank you again :).
Han Solo. I can get another D, but I don't know if I'd find another Han! No Scarecrow movies on the horizon for now. As for another book with him, yes, but maybe not the next one.
What are you more hyped for Star Wars: A New Hope or Avengers: Age of Ultron?
I think Marvel has shown everyone how to make a kick-ass blockbuster. I love STAR WARS, but it has to be modernised, brought into the modern movie world. JJ Abrams can do it. So I'll say Avengers.
Totally got my books mixed up D:
Probably won't get a whole novel for Knight. Maybe an online short.
Can't you let me help you in writing a great book? I'm an aspiring author :)) Also, Best of Luck for all the books you write in future, you never fail to surprise me :D
Just keep at it, and you'll get it done. Remember, your enthusiasm leaps off the page to readers and I am nothing if not enthusiastic!
I like your scarecrow books, do u plan on making more books with scarecrow?
Yep, but maybe in a year or two.
Matthew, thanks for doing this AMA, just one last question: any possibility of a book tour to India in the future? Probably promotion for the next JWJ? hint hint Also, I adore your writing, and I think you're an overall wonderful person.
You know, I'd love to come to India. I once toured Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. Call Orion Publishers in London and tell them to send me to India!! I may also have done some research on India...
Will Jack West ever meet Scofield?
And when are you planning to release the fourth installment of the Jac k West Series!?
Is the Great Zoo of China according to you among your greatest works?
Yes, they might meet. Jack 4 may feature Scarecrow. And GREAT ZOO rocks. It's just a relentless rampage of a book!
Where did the idea for the Jack West series originate from?
PS Big fan!
I wanted an Indiana Jones-type, working in the present day and I wanted to create cool booby traps! I just love history's mysteries, too.
What book or books would you recommend as the best resource for young writers in regards to the creative aspects, like plotting and style?
You know, I say to writers: to understand plotting and story, just read books, see movies and watch TV...and then do it better! As for style, that will simply come from you.
I don't seem able to keep my promise so here's another question.
Your younger characters are all very charming and child-like (Lily, Holly Swain, Alby, et al) and Elizabeth's POV in the Tournament was beautifully written, but your adult characters are so dizzyingly adult and equally awesome. Who is easier to write?
Also, will we be seeing Teenager!Lily in the next Jack West book? :P
(If my hints were any stronger they'd be the Hulk)
Kids are great fun to write mainly because kids tell it like it is. Adults hold back. Kids don't. And yes, when Jack returns, Lily will be older...and have suitors.
If you had to take a vacation where would you go?
Which grave would you first visit - Jesus or Genghis Khan?
Egypt. Went there back in 2004. It's just stupendous. But a little dangerous now, sadly. I got some angry emails about Jack West Jr finding Jesus's tomb in 5GW, so I'd better say Genghis Khan.
Hi Matthew, a big cheers from India! Would we see more of Scarecrow and Veronique in the future? Would Calderon's protege or Calderon himself be the Moriarty/Joker to our Sherlock/Batman?
That's the plan. He was designed as a returning villains like Moriarty.
Your books are written with breakneck pacing-- are you an adrenaline junkie yourself, or are we more likely to find you sitting with your laptop in front of a window with a view of a pastoral meadow, sipping a cup of tea?
I once jumped out of a plane and I do like sports cars. That said, I love sitting in Arizona and staring at cacti. So peaceful.
Hey! My friend wanted me to ask you, are you planing on writing a sequel to Hover Car Racer?
Unlikely. It was a oncer, I think
Hi Matthew, huge fan since I picked up Contest nearly 20 years ago, thanks for doing what you do.
My question is why do you seem to hate Mother so much? She always gets the shitty end of the stick, leg bitten off, presumed dead more than once and (supposedly) in the way of a nuclear warhead!! Hasn't the woman suffered enough?
Seriously though, thankyou for so many great reads.
Edit: 2nd question. I love the zombie genre but this has been overdone in the last few years, everything feels a bit samey. I reckon you'd be able to do it justice though, any plans to do a zombie book in the future?
Mother got the best line in any of my novels, when she calls Scarecrow "Shane" and tells him why he's a hero. She's awesome fun. Probably no zombie books in my future. It has been done and zombies don't come up with plans.
Hi Matt! long time fan and avid collector of your books.
Rumour has it that a few years back you used to play touch football (rugby) down at Artarmon. Is this true?! Cheers mate
Yes, I did.
Huge fan of Scarecrow and I would like to believe he helped me become the reader i was in my youth where many others dismissed the hobby.
I have an book I want to write and I've got the setting down but I'm having trouble coming up with a proper plot. Any tips for inspiring writers in a similar conundrum?
Unfortunately, i can help with inspiration, research and structure, but when it comes to plot, that my friend, can only come from you!
I've read all your scarecrow and ancient wonder books and loved them to bits. The other day I saw that the Seven Ancient wonders series was picked up by ABC a couple of years back, is there any more news on that?
It got canned at the final stage, so it never went into production. They never gave a reason. Sigh...
Sydney fan checking in for my second AMA with my favourite Australian author.
My question this time is who wins in an arm wrestle between Jack West Jr and Scarecrow, given the only condition is that West Jr has to use his biological arm?
Jack wins. Titanium arm.
Oh, sorry, just saw the condition. Maybe Scarecrow then...
I can't believe you're doing this AMA and that I'm even awake now to ask a question. I'm a WA uni student and have been reading your books for as long as I can remember. My first book of yours I read was ice station when I was 12 years old and it was my first young adult book. The scarecrow and JWJ series are my two favorite book series to date tied with lord of the rings and asoiaf.
I have always been interested in writing stories and poems but in school I never found how I could excel in doing so. So my question is what are ways I can turn an interest in writing into a passion to be a author? And to follow up what do you do to be able to start a novel fresh and keep the passion to follow with that spark?
Thank you so much for your novels, they bring so much happiness and imagination to read to me, especially now that I don't read many series as time gets harder to find. Your last book rocked! Keep up the great work!!
Your fan in the west
Those are some big-issue questions! So, I did terribly in school writing competitions...precisely because I didn't write about waterfalls and Grecian urns. God. Schools for some reason don't like action thrillers! My passion comes from this: wanting to do it better every time. That's it. That's all. Starting a novel: I just want to read a story that I've not seen or read before. Oh, and get the ending in your head before you start. That works for me!
OMG Hi! I've loved your books since I read Ice Station when I was 13 :) still love them at 28! I had no idea about The Great Zoo of China until I saw it in a bookstore yesterday. Can't wait to read it.
Will we ever see William Race again or did his character/adventures morph into Jack West Jr.? There were some great characters in Temple.
Race could make an appearance in a Jack West book, but I don't see him morphing into a hero like Jack. He was more an ordinary guy in extraordinary circumstances
Who is the author you admire most and why?
Michael Crichton, because he wrote novels, TV shows and movies, and he even directed movies. That's what i want to do.
Hi Matthew, thanks for the AMA. You said earlier on that the Jack West books take the longest to research, how much longer does that usually take? Iv read your books for as long as I can remember, and buy them straight away no matter what. Do you have any authors that you have to buy their book asap? Thanks for your time, from a huge fan :D
Months of reading. I will buy a Michael Lewis book without even reading the dust jacket.