MAY I COMMEND YOU TO THE WORKS OF JON TALTON—ECONOMIC JOURNALIST &WRITER OF DETECTIVE STORIES
As you may know by now—if you read the blog fairly regularly—one of my deep interests, apart from writing thrillers, is economics. Thriller writing and economics strikes many people as an odd mix—but, in fact, Economics was my major at university and, if anything, my interest in it has increased over the years.
Relax! It’s a relatively harmless addiction though I will admit it soaks up a fair amount of my time. But I don’t play golf, so what the hell!
I had thought I was alone in my eccentricity but recently I have learned that the economics columnist of the Seattle Times, John Talton, is a well regarded writer of detective stories.
I first ran across John Talton on the radio talking more sense on the economy than most. That piqued my interest, but it took a number of snatches of interviews before I caught his name—and decided to investigate. What I can say is that he is a thoroughly entertaining interviewee with a appealing sense of humor who has no less than ten books to his credit.
Yes, I did say ten published books—while keeping up his day job. The man puts me to shame.
No, I haven’t read any of his books yet—largely because I didn’t even know his name—but if he writes as well as he talks and blogs, I do not expect to be disappointed.
He blogs at http://www.roguecolumnist.typepad.com
Now to get back to my screenplay. You have heard the expression: “The fog of war”—of course you have. Well, these is also a stage in assessing a manuscript which one might describe as: “The fog of words.” Then the fog begins to clear and suddenly you know where you are going.
I’m beginning to reach that stage. Exciting!