In 2022, I read more than ever in a single year: 114 books! My read list included physical books, eBooks, audiobooks, and comic books. Below are more details and fun stats regarding what I read, including 10 of my favorite books from 2022. What did you read last year? Feel free to share your thoughts below. Happy reading in 2023!
Thomas B. Sawyer is the former Head Writer of Murder, She Wrote. Before breaking into television, he was an illustrator and worked for Stan Lee at Marvel. Tom is a good friend, and I had the chance to catch up with him to discuss his diverse career as an artist, TV writer, and author. We talked about what it was like writing for Angela Lansbury in her iconic role as Jessica Fletcher, the early days of the comic book industry, and much more. Watch my video interview with Tom below and pick up a copy of The Art of the REAL Tom Sawyer, a book celebrating his career as an illustrator. Enjoy!
Today, five days shy of her 97th birthday, the great Angela Lansbury passed away. I had the honor of seeing her live twice — once on Broadway and another time in Washington, D.C. — and I met her backstage on March 28, 2015. Below are my thoughts on her tremendous talent, what it was like meeting her, and my connection to the world of Murder, She Wrote.
I met the late, great author Donald Bain at ThrillerFest, and I had the pleasure of interviewing him in 2013. He was a kind and gifted man, and when Donald Bain passed away in 2017 I was devastated. Thankfully, his amazing Murder, She Wrote novels live on. Around the time of the 4th of July this year, I decided to read Murder on Parade because it too takes place during the 4th of July. Is it any good? Read on for my thoughts.
Thomas B. Sawyer has led an extraordinary life. With a name like Tom Sawyer, how could he not?! From illustrating comic strips to being the head writer of Murder, She Wrote, Tom’s autobiography, The Adventures of the Real Tom Sawyer, is a delightful memoir that takes the reader through all of the interesting moments in Tom’s life. Punctuated with humor and wit, reading this book felt like I was having a cup of coffee with Tom while he told me fascinating stories about his impressive career. If you’re a lover of writing, film, TV, or simply entertainment, Tom’s autobiography is absolutely worth reading. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I believe you will too.
Want to hear something strange? I met Nelson DeMille twice before reading one of his books. Seriously! I met him at a Harlan Coben book signing and then I met him at ThrillerFest last year, so I finally decided it was time to read one of his books – especially since I’ve heard such great things about them. The one I decided to start with was Plum Island. Continue reading →