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…

Yes, I’m writing a sequel to Doc.

When I was writing Doc, I believed it would be a stand-alone historical novel like A Thread of Grace or Dreamers of the Day. I thought the story of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral was so well known, so much a part of American folklore, that there was no point in going back over … Read more…