Interview with Mark Gimenez
Mark Gimenez is an author and lawyer from Texas. He specializes in the thriller genre writing, especially legal thrillers. His first novel, The COLOR OF LAW, was a New York Times bestseller. He also runs his own solo law practice.
His latest book is THE CASE AGAINST WILLIAM:
Criminal defense lawyers must make their peace with one harsh fact of life: most of their clients are guilty. But when William Tucker, a celebrated and self-centered star college football player, is suddenly arrested and charged with the brutal rape and murder of a college coed two years before, his estranged father, Frank Tucker, a drunken, broken-down, beach-bum ex-criminal defense lawyer, cannot believe his son is guilty. No father can. So he must find a way to sober up and save his son from the death penalty sought by an ambitious district attorney. And father and son learn that only three things in life are certain: death, taxes, and a father's love for his son.
See below the fascinating Q&A with Mark Gimenez:
What is a typical working day for you?
When I'm in the midst of writing a book, my day begins early with lots of coffee. I work until 5 p.m. then I work out. After dinner I read what I wrote that day and edit. I repeat this routine every day until the book is complete.
What are your three favourite books of all time? And why?
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee. It is the great American novel.
LONESOME DOVE by Larry McMurtry. It is the great American Western novel about two Texas Rangers embarking on the last great adventure of their lives in the late 1800s.
THE RIGHT STUFF by Tom Wolfe. It captured the optimism and spirt of Americans as we ventured into space.
Which author do you admire most? And why?
Harper Lee because she wrote the great American novel and retired. But a close second is Larry McMurtry. He won a Pulitzer Price for LONESOME DOVE and an Academy Award for the screenplay for Brokeback Mountain. And he's a Texan. Lives in his small hometown and owns a used-books bookstore.
What tips would you give aspiring writers?
Write. Edit. Write. Edit. Write. Edit. And don't quit.
What’s your most memorable experience at a Literary Event?
Meeting the Texas governor's wife at the Texas Book Festival (a big event these days in Austin) and learning that the governor had been reading THE COLOUR OF LAW in bed the night before and loved it. Then meeting the governor. That meeting inspired THE GOVERNOR'S WIFE.
If a movie was made of your life, what three songs would you want on the soundtrack?
"Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys," by Willie Nelson
"24 Hours at a Time," by the Marshall Tucker Band
"Sweet Home Alabama," by Lynyrd Skynyrd (sung with a Texas twang)
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Listen to your English professor and pursue writing right out of college.