If the public likes you, you're good.
I'm a commercial writer, not an author. Margaret Mitchell was an author. She wrote one book.
Imagine this guy hits Mike Hammer over the head with a wooden coathanger and knocks him out. You hit Mike Hammer over the head with a wooden coathanger, he'll beat the crap out of you.
See, heroes never die. John Wayne isn't dead, Elvis isn't dead. Otherwise you don't have a hero. You can't kill a hero. That's why I never let him get older.
If I need something, I'll invent it.
Hemingway hated me. I sold 200 million books, and he didn't. Of course most of mine sold for 25 cents, but still... you look at all this stuff with a grain of salt.
Authors want their names down in history; I want to keep the smoke coming out of the chimney.
Now I'm not an author, I'm a writer, that's all I am.
I'm a country boy. I hate New York. But that's where things happen, so I use it as a base for stories, I know enough about it. But I have to keep going back there.
If you're a singer you lose your voice. A baseball player loses his arm. A writer gets more knowledge, and if he's good, the older he gets, the better he writes.
My father was Catholic, my mother was Protestant, and because of that I got Christened in both churches, so I've got all these names... but my Dad always called me Mick.
Nobody reads a mystery to get to the middle. They read it to get to the end. If it's a letdown, they won't buy anymore. The first page sells that book. The last page sells your next book.
I played in a movie called Ring of Fear with Clyde Beatty and Pat O'Brien.
I wrote the original Mike Hammer as a comic, Mike Danger.
Stephen King. Now I'm not crazy about him, but he's a great a writer.
Where I am they can smell out a hurricane. My house survived Hurricane Hazel, but it didn't get past Hugo.
I try to stay in good physical shape, I don't smoke, I don't drink.
Critics themselves, they used to tear me up.
I know an awful lot of Hollywood people, who are so self-important, I can't understand it.
I read all the time... I read a lot of history books.