Lawrence De Maria

Lawrence De Maria, who began his career as a general interest reporter (winning an Associated Press award for his crime writing),eventually became senior editor at The New York Times, where he wrote hundreds of stories and features, often on Page 1. A regular contributor to the weekly Market Place column, he headed the Times’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated coverage during the 1987 stock market crash. After he left the Times, De Maria became Executive Director of the Forbes newsletter division. Then, following a brief stint in corporate America — during which he helped uncover the $7 billion Allen Stanford Ponzi scheme — he returned to journalism as Managing Editor of the Naples Sun Times, a Florida weekly, until its sale to the Scripps chain. De Maria, now a novelist and screenwriter, has published several thrillers and mysteries available on Amazon.com. His website is www.lawrencedemaria.com.


112 entries by Lawrence De Maria

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An Offer I Couldn’t Refuse

Recalling my time on “The Godfather” set.

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Everybody’s a Critic!

But keep those one-star reviews to yourself…

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My Year in Entertainment

A rundown of the best things I’ve read and watched.

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Some Pig

How real-life events overtook my novel.

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Writing Wisdom for the Ages

...and from them, considering how long I’ve been at this.

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Mr. Don’t-Know-It-All

Why I listen to experts (and why you should, too).

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Project Hail Mary

By Andy Weir

Project Hail Mary

Suspend disbelief — and clear your schedule — before tucking into this imperfect yet immersive tale.

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A Pretty Good Guide

Turns out, Amazon isn’t the worst place to find your next summer read.

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The Tell-Tale Art

Is it finally time for me to write a memoir?

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Canceling Context?

Words matter, but so does the intent behind them.

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Showered with Inspiration

When the Muse speaks up, better write it down!

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Back to the Shelves!

It’s time for a little more pandemic reading (and re-reading).

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Let Me Tell You

…What to read while you’re stuck at home.

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Aural Authority

Turns out, I know a lot about publishing audiobooks.

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Picture? Perfect!

Not all photos are fake. Except the ones that are.

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Like Flies from Afar: A Novel

This thriller isn’t for the faint of heart (or stomach), but it might be the perfect read for quarantine.

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Journals from Our Plague Year

Hold off on writing that apocalyptic novel!

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Ideas, Man

Where do my craziest plots come from?

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Not Another “Get Rich Quick” Scheme

This time, I’m gonna get rich! And quick!

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The Truth Hurts

Navigating (or not) the hazards of nonfiction.

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The Chestnut Man: A Novel

By Søren Sveistrup

The Chestnut Man: A Novel

This eerie Scandinavian thriller takes readers through the dark details of a missing-child case.

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Rejected!

But only a hundred or so times…

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Be Yourself!

Except when you’re emulating others…

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“Hi. I’m Larry, and I’m a Writer”

Is joining a critique group really a smart step?

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Fore!

…shadowing…boding…telling…warning

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Turn-Ons? Include!

Why the things you love belong in your books.

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Untold Stories

In defense of my never-to-be-read pile

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Pinterest Picks

Looking for book recs? There’s a board for that.

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ChattyShack

Talking audiobooks on the golf course

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All Politics Is Vocal

How to be (effectively) outspoken on paper.

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Up, Marketing

Putting the dreaded task at the top of the list

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Loan Sharks

By Charles R. Geisst

Loan Sharks

Nefarious banking practices have long been with us.

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The Test of Time

...And why my research sometimes fails it.

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TMI?

When it comes to descriptors, hardly.

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The Aisles Have Eyes

By Joseph Turow

The Aisles Have Eyes

If you feel like Big Brother is watching, it’s because he is.

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Artemis: A Novel

By Andy Weir

Artemis: A Novel

This entertaining sophomore effort from the author of The Martian takes readers to the moon.

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The Great Purge

Which books survived the Mass Culling of 2018?

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Writer Unblocked

It takes a lot to turn off my ideas.

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Deep Freeze: A Virgil Flowers Novel

Trouble’s afoot in the frigid North, so the intrepid investigator bundles up and gets to the bottom of it.

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Am I Too Blue?

Dial down those *#%@& obscenities already!

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The Past Is Present

The importance — and overuse — of backstory

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House of Spies: A Novel

By Daniel Silva

House of Spies: A Novel

Plot devices aside, this is a worthy addition to the Gabriel Allon series.

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A Novel Undertaking

Authorial advice on making the switch to fiction

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How the Left Coast Writes

Big-screen blockbusters and paperback page-turners have a lot in common.

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Loan Sharks: The Birth of Predatory Lending

Nefarious banking practices have long been with us.

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Watch What You Read

Following your favorite characters to TV

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Self-Publishing 101

The nuts and bolts of doing it your way

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Liberals, Rant!

Why writers and actors should keep speaking their minds.

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To Market, To Market

Serious self-published authors never stop promoting their books.

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Countdown to Pearl Harbor: The Twelve Days to the Attack

A riveting, page-turning addition to the WWII canon.

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10 Books to Read Right Now

This post-election list has something for everyone.

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6 Books I’m Reading Right Now

Anyone still conscious after the presidential election want to hear what I'm perusing these days?

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Am I Blue?

Dial down those *#%@& obscenities already!

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Deductions, My Dear Watson. Deductions.

When it comes to itemizing writing expenses, leave nothing on the table.

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Wussing Out

If my publisher calls, I’m under the bed…

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Oh, Florida! How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country

It’s not all orange juice and heatstroke down there, you know…

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The Buddy System

There’s nothing wrong with co-authoring a book — or taking over a series.

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The Patterson Problem

Does a mega-author’s rising really raise all ships?

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An Addictive Author

Where has Rex Stout — and his brilliant Nero Wolfe — been all my life?

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To Tell the (Made-Up) Truth

Never let facts get in the way of a good story

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Story Starters

A rundown of writerly tidbits both amusing and horrifying

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Colorblind

When it comes to creating characters, good authors don’t discriminate

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Breaking News

...is what the Internet is doing to print journalism.

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The Psychology of Thriller-Writing

It's not paranoia if everyone's out to get you.

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Writer’s Cramp

Is your creative muscle all knotted up?

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State of the Union-Buster

Rethinking Amazon’s pay-per-page system

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Taking the E-Train

Why electronic books are on the right track

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Vacation Daze

A writer never really takes time off

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Much Ado about Nothing

Those breathless critics of Amazon doth protest too much...

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And Another Thing

Random musings on the world of books

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The Fault in Their Stars

The positives — and perils — of book-ranking systems

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Killing Me Awf’ly

So many ways to die, so little time

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Abandoned in Hell: The Fight for Vietnam’s Firebase Kate

By William Albracht and Marvin J. Wolf

Abandoned in Hell: The Fight for Vietnam’s Firebase Kate

A debate about strategy — but not courage.

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Generation Gap

Too young for this, too old for that.

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Fifty Shades of Play

I wonder if my new kids’ books can capitalize on a trend…

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Chandler 101

The fundamental genius of a master storyteller.

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Powerful Stories

Why manuscripts have so much muscle.

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RIP, PIs?

Does the lowly gumshoe have a place in today’s high-tech world of crime-solving?

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[Insert Feelings Here]

Why everyone is entitled to my opinion.

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Title Fight

Should a book’s name and cover art matter so much?

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Unplotted Territory

Can you get there without knowing where you’re going?

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Format Follows Function

A book on any other platform reads just as well.

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Clash of the Titans

Public opinion aside, Hachette is hardly the victim in its dispute with Amazon.

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The Weasels of Wall Street

Michael Lewis' latest book confirms all your worst suspicions about big money.

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Bad Boys

There's a lot to love about villains

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Stranger Than Fiction

The facts aren't always where you expect to find them.

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The Riviera Contract: A Hayden Stone Thriller

The CIA recruits a retired FBI agent for a special mission in this breezy international thriller.

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The Old Switcheroo

Moving from one genre to another can sure change your point of view.

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The Language of Love

Why is writing about sex so hard, er, difficult?

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The Gods of Guilt

Michael Connelly

The Gods of Guilt

In the latest “Lincoln Lawyer” crime novel, L.A. defense attorney Mickey Haller takes on a particularly disreputable client.

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No Rest for the Wordy

Writers are never really off the clock.

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A Nasty Piece of Work

Robert Littell

A Nasty Piece of Work

A disillusioned CIA operative turned PI takes on a case only to find that the man he's searching for may not exist.

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Readers Make Writers

Writers don't read to read; they read to write.

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Everything Old Is New Again

The never-ending hunt for fresh plots.

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Murder, Re-Wrote

The agony the characters experience in a thriller is nothing compared to the agony the author experiences trying to turn that thriller into a screenplay.

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Mystery Girl

David Gordon

Mystery Girl

An overstuffed novel is both thriller and social critique.