Co-Author Writing and Double-Signed Books
Article by John Hutchinson
October 18, 2017
Over 30 years ago, Stephen King teamed with Peter Straub to pen THE TALISMAN. It was a relative first in modern publishing for two bestselling authors to co-author a new work of fiction. Since then, it has become much more common. Clive Cussler has teamed with 10 different authors to write his numerous series. James Rollins has teamed with Rebecca Cantrell and Grant Blackwood. Blackwood has also written with Cussler and Tom Clancy. Other teams include scifi greats Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert, Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston, and thriller greats, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.
Family writing teams include Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler, Dick and Felix Francis, Jonathan, Faye and Jessie Kellerman, Mary Higgins and Carol Higgins Clark, and most recently Stephen and Owen King.
VJ Books has relationships with these writing teams and many others, and are pleased to have this category dedicated to Double-Signed Books. These special volumes add value to any collection.
Mary Higgins Clark
Carol Higgins Clark
John speaks with author Grant Blackwood
I had the pleasure of speaking recently to bestselling author Grant Blackwood. Grant is knee deep in writing his second book with James Rollins in the new spinoff series based on Rollins’ bestselling Sigma Force adventure novels. KILL SWITCH comes out in a couple of weeks and it features Former Army Ranger Tucker Wayne and his working dog Kane who are sent deep into Russia to infiltrate the well-guarded labs and extract a brilliant scientist. KILL SWITCH has received several starred reviews.
Most of you know Grant best as Clive Cussler’s co-author on the New York Times bestsellers Spartan Gold, Lost Empire, and Kingdom. Or maybe you caught Grant’s work as Tom Clancy’s co-author of Dead or Alive, which spent three weeks at #1 on the New York Times list and three months in the top ten. Grant also penned a few books in Clancy’s Splinter Cell Series using the pseudonym David Michaels.
While Grant’s work for others have topped the charts and been overwhelmingly received by fan and critic alike, I personally am stilled enamored with the three books he wrote under his own name featuring super spy Briggs Tanner, The End of Enemies (2001), The Wall of Night (2002) and An Echo of War (2003). Briggs Tanner is coming to eBook format real soon and we are talking to Grant about having Norwood Press publish all three in collector hardcover editions. I like the Tanner series so much that I bought a sizable stock of The Wall of Night, books that Grant has graciously stored in garage for us for several years.
Besides being one of the hardest working authors in the genre (he’s also working on his own new series), Grant lives in Colorado with his lovely wife, Julie. Julie, a graduate from the New York Institute of Photography is an accomplished photographer.
June 2011 NY: Penguin/Norwood Press
The thrilling new adventure from the number-one New York Times-bestselling author! The husband-and-wife team of Sam and Remi Fargo are used to hunting for treasure, but they aren’t used to hunting for people-until an investigator friend of their goes missing, and they promise to search for him.
What they discover, however, will be beyond anything they could have imagined.
On a journey that will take them to Tibet, Nepal, China, Italy, and Siberia, the Fargos find themselves embroiled with black-market fossils, an ancient Tibetan kingdom, a lost landmass in the North Sea, Stone Age ostrich egg shards inscribed in a cryptic language, a pair of battles separated by thousands of miles and hundreds of years . . . and a skeleton that could just turn the history of human evolution on its head.