In a career that spans almost five decades, Dean Koontz has plenty to be thankful for, including fourteen novels that reached the number one spot on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list. The Pennsylvania native, who has sold over 450 million copies of his books came straight to Just the Right Book to dish on his latest novel, The Silent Corner, which kicks off a new series starring Jane Hawk, a young FBI agent gone rogue.
In a rare and revealing interview, Koontz discusses his writing process, what his wife thinks of his books and his relationship with his alcoholic father. “In a way, my father gave me my work ethic, by being an example of the other side of all of that,” says Koontz.
Stay tuned after our interview with Dean to hear Roxanne’s summer recommendations for kids and young adults.
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Books in this episode:
The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Intellectuals: From Marx and Tolstoy to Sartre and Chomsky by Paul Johnson
Art: A New History by Paul Johnson
For Kids & Young Adults
Hello, World! Solar System by Jill McDonald
Astronaut Handbook by Meghan McCarthy
Mars One by Jonathan Maberry
Master-Pieces: Flip and Flop 10 Great Works by Will Lach
Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman
Edible Numbers: Count, Learn, Eat by Jennifer Vogel Bass
When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems For All Seasons by Julie Fogliano
Fairy Garden Handbook by Liza Gardner Walsh
Maisy’s Sailboat by Lucy Cousins
Voyage by Billy Collins
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
DK Findout! Pirates by E.T. Fox
The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig