It’s always safe inside a story, and no place more magical than inside Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin. I am a devoted thriller reader, but this magical realism, gorgeously set in a turn-of-the-century New York, manages to be so rapturously well-written, and so philosophically intriguing, so full of love and passion and journalism and politics. A delicate (and doomed?) young woman, an irresistible cat burglar, a gang called the Woola-Woola Boys, and a winged white horse–I mean, who could ask for more? Well, how about a chillingly glorious sleigh ride across the frozen Lake of the Coheeries, fried oysters and scotch in the voluptuous Oyster Bar, and a love story that spans centuries. Somehow, even now, all these years after having first read it, even thinking about it is transporting.
Words of Wisdom
Every day as an author I take my stories word by word, step by step, day by day. I have learned that if you worry, it won’t matter. If you hurry, it won’t work. Right now, especially, I am trying to stay present, and focus on only what I need to accomplish, one thing at a time. It’s always safe inside your work, too! Before all this, we happily made a choice to do what we do, and it’s still a wise (and valuable) choice now. (In reading, I do find that some how I have less patience with books–the only thing that keeps me captivated is brilliant story-telling.)
About Hank Phillipi Ryan
I’m a USA Today best-selling author of 11–and in August, 12–novels of suspense. I’m also an Emmy winning investigative reporter, and have been for 40 years. My current thriller, The Murder List, is a number one best selling legal thriller. One of my favorite reviews of it said “If John Grisham and Lisa Scottoline had a book baby, The Murder List would be it!” Like all my books, it’s a cat and mouse game…but which character is the cat? But breaking news! My upcoming book, The First to Lie, just got a starred review from Publishers Weekly, which called it “stellar”! I still smile every time I think of it. www.HankPhillippiRyan.com, and on Twitter and Insta at @hankpryan