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Friday, March 13, 2020

From Voice to Paper

“I think every fiction writer, to a certain extent, is a schizophrenic and able to have two or three or five voices in his or her body. We seek, through our profession, to get those voices onto paper.” – Ridley Pearson

Born in Glen Cove, NY on this date in 1953, Pearson started writing during his collegiate years – at the University of Kansas and Brown University – and has authored more than 30 suspense and thriller novels for adults and 20-plus adventure books for children.  Over the years, his work has been published in 2 dozen languages, and been adapted for network television and the Broadway stage. His book Peter and the Starcatchers, written with Dave Barry and adapted into a Broadway play won 5 Tony Awards.

Among his many bestsellers are the Kingdom Keepers and Lock and Key series, and the suspense-crime novels Probable Cause, Beyond Recognition, Killer Weekend, and The Red Room.
Pearson and his family reside in Missouri and among his writing prizes is the Missouri Writers Hall of Fame’ Quill Award – its highest honor.

Pearson’s advice to new writers is simple:  “The way you get better is putting words on the page and getting them behind you.”       “For the first-time novelist you've got to get up at 5:30 in the morning and write until 7, make breakfast and go to work. Or, come home and work for an hour. Everybody has an hour in their day somewhere.”

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