Author & Book Spotlight The Serpents Bite by Warren Adler

Thursday, January 3, 2013
Title: Warren Adler
Author: Warren Adler
Series: Stand Alone
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Stonehouse Production
Release Date: September 4 2012
Format: Print and Ebook



“How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child”
-King Lear, William Shakespeare

This famed quote by William Shakespeare finds its modern meaning in this taut, fast-paced, remarkable novel by renowned author Warren Adler. The Serpent’s Bite will take you on a frightening horse trek through the far reaches of the Yellowstone wilderness that turns a father’s quest to deal with parental guilt and reunite with his two adult children into a nightmare of lust, betrayal, entrapment, and death. Beyond the revelations of dark family secrets, readers will discover how an obsession for celebrity and blind ambition can distort familial love and turn a beloved child into a grotesque monster. Courtney Temple is sure to be judged as one of those most evil women in fiction, alongside the likes of Lady Macbeth, Medea, and the Wicked Witch of the West. Adler’s latest novel takes its place next to the iconic The War of the Roses, in which the author exposed the true nature of marital dysfunction.





Where did the inspiration for this story come from?  What is the story behind the story so to speak? 

I have a strong familiarity with the Tetons and Yellowstone, where I had hiked and gone on horse treks numerous times before. My experience on these treks provided me with an authentic background for the Temple family trek in The Serpent’s Bite. The story is about a father trying desperately to unite again with his two alienated adult children. I’m very interested in theme of fatherhood, and the family dynamic and human relationships are central to the themes of many of my works.

 Tell us about the book cover. How does it represent your book?  How did you choose the artwork? 

The cover was inspired by my character Courtney Temple, I think. One the most evil female characters in fiction. Reviewers are already lining her up among Nurse Ratchett, Veda Pierce and Mrs. Danvers, etc.




Where do the ideas for your books come from?
From interacting with people, perusing media, intensive reading and carefully observing the world around me. Trusting my subconscious and my imagination to combine to create concepts that I can flesh out as stories. Frankly, even such explanations are rationalizations since tracing the source of the germ of an idea is mystery within a mystery.

Have you ever co-written book/books? If so, was it difficult? If not would you ever consider co-writing with another author?
I’m afraid I was not made to be a collaborator. Perhaps I am too self-contained and closed off to be a good partner in the creative process. I have avoided it thus far.

Where do you get your character names from?
From past associations, and when stumped, a telephone book listing.

What type of research goes into your writing?
Most technical and geographical research today comes from Google. I haunt libraries, visit locations and interview people. For example, for my latest book The Serpent’s Bite, I sought information from a gemologist as my main character George Temple is in the diamonds business; for The War of the Roses, I consulted culinary experts for recipes of dishes that appear in the book.

Are your family and friends supportive of your writing?
Absolutely.

Do you remember when your interest in writing came about?
I have been an avid reader ever since I learned to read, and have always wanted to write stories. I was inspired to make it a lifetime career by my college freshman English teacher who saw something in my work. That encouraged me to make the lifetime decision to pursue a writing career. I have been very, very lucky in that regard, and continue to work at a pace as if I were just starting out.

Other than writing, what are your interests?
With the exception of my family, my entire life is totally dedicated to my writing, which I pursue on a daily basis. If I am not writing a novel or a short story, I am writing, plays, lyrics for musicals, poetry and essays. This takes all of my time.

Did you learn anything from writing your books, if so what was it?
I learned to understand the richness and creativity of the imagination, and how it operates in the mind to take an idea and make it into a story.

What are your current works in progress? Can you share with us?
As always it is a new novel. Since I write every day, I have a number of novels in inventory that I will be publishing in the next year or two. I’m planning yet another novel and a new play. I am always working on something.


Favorites:

Food – Lamb Chops
Color - Green
Quote – “Only something extremely dire and disabling will ever stop a real writer from writing. Retirement is never an option.” ― Warren Adler
Movie – Brief Encounter, based on the short play Still Life by Noel Coward.
Music - Frank Sinatra and the great popular musicals of the past, especially My Fair Lady, Carousel, South Pacific and Camelot.

This or That:

Day or Night - Day
Rain or Snow - Snow
Facebook or Twitter – Both, but I am not addicted #WarrenAdler
Mac or PC - Mac
Coffee or Tea – Coffee



Warren Adler recently released his 33rd book, The Serpent’s Bite. Best known for The War of the Roses, his masterpiece fictionalization of a macabre divorce turned into the dark comedy box office hit starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito, Adler has sold or optioned more than a dozen of his works including Random Hearts starring Harrison Ford, Trans-Siberian Express, Madeline’s Miracles, Funny Boys, and others. Following the success of The War of the Roses, he fueled an unprecedented bidding war in a Hollywood commission for his then unpublished book Private Lies.
While The War of the Roses garnered outstanding box office and critical success with Golden Globe, BAFTA and multiple award nominations internationally, Adler’s The Sunset Gang was adapted into a trilogy produced for PBS’ American Playhouse series, starring Uta Hagen, Harold Gould, Jerry Stiller and Ron Rifkin garnering Doris Roberts an Emmy nomination for ‘Best Supporting Actress in a Mini-Series’.
The musical version of The Sunset Gang received an Off-Broadway production with music scored by noted composer L. Russell Brown. The New York Times called it, “…a bittersweet musical about aging and desire… a deeper examination of love and loyalty among people over 60.” The stage version of The War or the Roses is receiving house-full runs and spectacular reviews internationally, reaching audiences in Spain, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Hungary, Prague, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay, Poland and elsewhere.
An essayist, short-story writer, poet and playwright, Adler’s works have been translated into 25 languages. pioneer in electronic publishing, he introduced the first digital reader manufactured by SONY in 2007. Visit www.warrenadler.com for more information.







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