For Sale: One Manuscript

“Publishing a book is one accomplishment you get to celebrate over and over.” That’s what my friend Karen’s mom used to say. You finish the first complete draft. YAY! You finish editing it. You sent it to your agent. YAY! The agent likes it but suggests changes. You finish editing it. YAY! The agent sends … Read more…

PBS: “Murder of a President” on American Experience

When developing a historical novel, I try to get a sense of what’s going on in the wider world that surrounds my story’s setting. War is always there in the background: impending wars, current wars, wars still haunting the dreams of veterans. But what else happening? What’s scandalous? What’s amusing? What are people reading? What … Read more…

First two reviews of Epitaph!

Have to admit, I flinched at the first sentence, thinking I’d get slammed for too much tedious detail, but then…   Library Journal Starred Review January 1, 2015 In this follow-up to Doc, Russell is on a mission: she will leave no stone unturned, no seemingly tangential character undeveloped, no political maneuver unexamined in order … Read more…

Based on a title by Mary Doria Russell

Two Hollywood attempts to bring The Sparrow to the big screen have made me feel a certain kinship with Max Brooks. Both of us have written science fiction novels that were optioned for a Brad Pitt movie, so watching what’s happened to Mr. Brooks’ book World War Z has been interesting. The movie is getting … Read more…

Answering FAQs about the AMC Sparrow option

Thanks, everybody, for helping me celebrate the AMC/Sparrow option! In answer to FAQs: I won’t be writing scripts. I won’t have input to scripts. I don’t expect to be consulted in any way on scripts, casting, or story arc. When you sign an option, it’s like renting a house out. If you think that a … Read more…

Small Business Saturday: hardcover editions of Mary’s books available!

Thinking about Mary Doria Russell’s novels for holiday giving? Want to support a small independent bookstore, too? Mac’s Backs Books on Coventry can always provide you with signed personalized copies of the paperback editions, but this year the Cleveland Heights store has located a very limited number of fine, signed, first edition/first printing hardcover editions … Read more…