Gary Van Haas
Featured Author: Gary Van Haas is a graduate of UCLA School of Journalism, who has spent the last twenty years living in Greece while touring the world’s most intriguing travel destinations such as Asia, Africa, and Americas, etc.- at the same time researching their indigenous cultures, various customs, mythology and archaeological sites. He has been a feature news and travel writer for the International Herald Tribune, Time, Newsweek, Conde Nast and Travel+Leisure Magazine, and currently works as a novelist and screenwriter.
Mr. Van Haas is the author of THE IKON, a lively top selling Greek island thriller set in Mykonos, Greece, and has recently completed another sequel thriller to his ‘Garth Hanson’ action-thriller series called, MALABAR RUN set in popular Goa, India, and also has a new book completed called, IN SEARCH OF ANCIENT GREECE, which is said to be one of the most comprehensive and compelling travel-historical works completed to date. More recently, Gary has become involved in the Film Industry and has more than 14 book to movies in development and preproduction with various movie production companies worldwide, including his latest $30 million film in production called, THE DEVIL’S BANKER about the Roberto Calvi murder and the Banco Ambrosiano Scandal, which involved The Vatican and Mafia.
Some of his other books are:
- LATIN QUARTER — about young Picasso’s wild early years in Paris in 1902
- I WANT MY MTV! — The unabridged true story about the beginnings of MTV!
- BLOOD ON THE BORDER – a tense Police thriller about the DEA vs. Drug Cartel wars
- THE CLUB — about an unwitting poker-player who can win $1M in cash or leave in a casket!
Featured Author: Gary Van Haas Interview
- How long have you been writing?
- What/who inspired you to be a writer?
- What genre do you prefer to write in?
- Describe your writing process. What comes first–character or plot? Do you “pants” it or outline?
- What is your daily routine as a writer?
- What are some of your biggest challenges you feel like you have to overcome in your writing career?
- Do you have a set number of words each day or a goal?
- How much time is spent on “the business of writing” – queries, seeking an agent or publisher, marketing/sales?
- Do you prefer short stories or full-length novels in your writing?
LHP: How long have you been writing?
Gary Van Haas: I’ve been writing since the early 1980s.
LHP: What genre do you prefer to write in?
Gary Van Haas: Thrillers and Science-fiction
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LHP: What/who inspired you to be a writer?
Gary Van Haas: Hemingway after I read “A Movable Feast.”
LHP: Describe your writing process. What comes first–character or plot? Do you “pants” it or outline?
Gary Van Haas: For my thrillers and screenplay I do an outline and plot the story out as much as I can and use it as a guideline. But I can write both ways. For instance, if I meet a particularly interesting character, I may suddenly get an urge to write a whole story around that character.
LHP: What is your daily/weekly routine as a writer?
Gary Van Haas: I am up early usually at 6 am and work up till around noon.
LHP: Are there any software tools, resources, or websites you use often while writing?
Gary Van Haas: Not really except I might use Google to research something now and then to get the facts right.
LHP: What are some of your biggest challenges you feel like you have to overcome in your writing career?
Gary Van Haas: Trying to make a living by selling the material!
LHP: Do you have a set number of words per day you target? or do you set other goals to meet?
Gary Van Haas: No, I just write as good and as much as I can for about six or seven hours a day.
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LHP: Do you prefer short stories or full length novels in your writing?
Gary Van Haas: I like to write both short stories or full length novels.
LHP: How much time is spent on “the business of writing” – queries, seeking an agent or publisher, marketing/sales?
Gary Van Haas: I have an agent.
LHP: What advice can you give other writers?
Gary Van Haas: Try to enjoy the act of writing and stick to it and don’t give up!
Gary Van Haas recently authored “Dress Up” for Terrors Unimagined on sale now.