Andrew Gross
June 2010
Author of the Month
Imagine sitting at home, waiting patiently for publishers to call about your book and wondering if
the day will ever come. Maybe you’ve received more negatives than positives and you're feeling
slightly discouraged. Suddenly the phone rings, only to have one of the largest Gross can relate,
because this instance happened to him and in his dream-like moment James Patterson was calling.

Many years ago, Andrew Gross had a novel floating through the world of agents and publishers.
One day someone handed the book over to James Patterson with one piece of knowledge, ‘This guy
does women well,’ they explained to Patterson. The rest is history.
James Patterson and Andrew Gross collaborated on six novels before Gross began crafting his own
marvelous tales. The most recent novel in Gross’ arsenal is “Reckless” which follows his main
character and hero Ty Hauck, a master investigator who never seems to stay out of trouble while
saving the day. In “Reckless”, Hauck is out to avenge his friend’s death and the possibilities for
turmoil and truth seem absolutely endless.

Andrew Gross is a magnificent writer, but also a reliable and respectful man. We enjoyed our
conversation with Mr. Gross immensely; the knowledge he shared was unprecedented and
absolutely appreciated. Here is a small sampling of our time together:

Suspense Magazine (S. MAG.): How do you spend a typical day?

Andrew Gross (AG): I’m a morning guy. I’m at my desk every day by 8:15. I do a little Twitter/Facebook stuff,
play solitaire, then pick up my book by looping back on what I wrote the day before (which never, ever reads as well
as I thought!) and round it into something that kind of suggests I know what I’m doing, which, luckily, is how it
generally ends up the second time around. I may rework that chapter three or four more times before I finally put it
into the manuscript.

Then I write a chapter, which for me is usually three to five pages. I generally call it quits around one and then grab
a bite. My afternoons are usually spent staring blankly at the ceiling praying for tomorrow’s stroke of genius, working
out, or going to the market, because I do the cooking in the house. Glamour, glamour, glamour, huh?

S. MAG.: Where do you see yourself in ten years?

AG: Always a tough question, because it makes me commit to having an actual plan. I will probably be doing the
same thing, because I have lots of stories to tell, though I might want to be writing slightly different tales: a fictional
family chronicle or something historical: medieval. Like “The Jester” I did with Patterson, in my own voice. I would
like to think I’d be doing it in a slightly sexier setting: Maybe St. Helena in the Napa Valley, which is where we
spend out Septembers.

S. MAG.: What advice can you give a writer who is attempting to write a novel or get published?

AG: Ugh. This one’s no fun. It’s tough, tough, tough right now and tougher still once you get it accepted. If I were
starting out again...I think you need someone to advocate for you, to break through the clutter. It could be a
published writing instructor, a writer friend of a friend, someone on Facebook you’ve broken into a dialogue with.
Then charm the heck out of them to read twenty pages of your work and see if they can make a connection for you.
With less books being published and less sales being made, it’s an un-level field and trust me, issues like placement,
marketing and second contracts only make it more frustrating when you finally break through!

S. MAG.: You were in a completely different field of work before speaking with James Patterson;
did you always want to be a writer?

AG: I always thought I could do it. I spent fifteen years in the sports apparel business where all I wanted was to be
the best manager I could be and the rewards that went with it. Yet, I was always imagining the stories I would
write, the little voice urging me to do it, the mid life crisis regret: if I could ever find six months I would write my
novel. Well…the six months found me! (Er, two years!) But so did James Patterson, so it was a fortuitous ending!

S. MAG.: Ty Hauck, where did you come up with that name?

AG: It’s too funny, and funnier you ask. I thought I made it up, but didn’t. There’s a copper-colored
’66 Mustang that plays a large role in “The Dark Tide”. (I had one then!) I bought it at a classic car
dealership in Palm Beach called Ragtops. The owner’s name was Ty, but when I first got it, I was
writing with Patterson and in-between projects devised this story outline for myself: a stolen artifact,
Iraq War thriller with a soldier-of-fortune war photographer named Ty Hauck. The outline didn’t go
anywhere. But years later, working on “The Dark Tide”, I came across it again and thought the
name sounded pretty good, so I used it. At the time, I never thought of Ty as a continuing
character. It was only years later—when I sold the Mustang and was now on my third Ty novel—
that I looked at the bill of sale and saw to my amazement, the owner of Ragtops name was actually
Ty Hauck. I had stolen it from him and never ever realized it. No wonder he was always so
interested in my books! For years, the guy thought I was stalking him. Or maybe worse!

S. MAG.: Where do you see Ty Hauck in ten years?

AG: I’m not sure where Ty will be in ten years. I’m already thinking of other continuing characters.
I don’t want to get pigeon-holed or formulaic—stylistically or geographically, so I may move on one
day. Or I may not. We’ll see if he evolves like his author!

Suspense Magazine thanks Andrew Gross for taking the time to speak with us. He was open, honest
and a real joy.
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Suspense Magazine's
Review of "Reckless"
by Andrew Gross

If you only recognize Andrew
Gross’ name from his seven-year
writing partnership with James
Patterson, it’s time to take a
fresh look at this author.
“Reckless”, his newest novel, is
simply exceptional. Emotionally
captivating from the first page,
tension, dread and suspense as
he delves into the worst-case
scenario of the world’s financial
Ty Hauck believes he’s happy. At
least as happy as he feels he has
the right to be, until the
morning where his thinly built
glass house shatters around him
at the incomprehensible death
of an old friend. Unable to
abandon his memories and past
promises, he is compelled to
uncover the truth behind the
startling murder of this family.
Linked by virtually invisible
threads, Hauck unknowingly
jumps into the depths of a
worldwide conspiracy leaving
readers breathless.
Hitting uncomfortably close to
home, Gross rides the waves of
anxiety building up to an
astonishing and unpredictable
conclusion. An unquestionable
success, Gross is a novelist to
keep an eye on.