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Published:June 1st, 2006 09:17 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Steve Berry, Co-Author of Thriller, Edited by James Patterson

Judyth Piazza chats with Steve Berry, Co-Author of Thriller, Edited by James Patterson

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)


---- Steve Berry lives on the Georgia coast in Camden County. He`s a lawyer who, for twenty-five years, has helped people both in and out of the courtroom. He`s also active in local politics, having served on the Camden County Board of Education and, currently, he is one of five members of the Camden County Board of Commissioners.

---- Steve has been writing since 1990. In 2000 and 2001 he won the Georgia State Bar fiction writing contest and his two short stories appeared in the Georgia State Bar Journal. He also tried his hand at novel contests. An early version of his first published novel, The Amber Room, placed third at the 1998 Florida First Coast Writers Festival.

----Though his undergraduate degree was in political science, and he was trained as a lawyer, it was Steve`s interest in history that led to him writing international suspense thrillers. He also credits the nuns who taught him in elementary school with instilling the discipline needed to both craft a novel, then sell it to a publisher. It took Steve 12 years "85 rejections over 5 different manuscripts "before Ballantine Books finally bought a manuscript.

---- Steve`s first two books, The Amber Room and The Romanov Prophecy were both national bestsellers. His next novel, The Third Secret, became an instant bestseller, debuting at #13 on The New York Times hardcover list and climbing to #5 on the paperback list. The book also appeared in the top ten for USA Today, Publisher`s Weekly, and Booksense bestseller lists. His latest hardcover is The Templar Legacy, which debuted at #4 on The New York Times bestseller list. Rights to all four novels have been sold worldwide "currently in 34 countries. Steve was selected in 2005 by the Georgia Writer`s Association as its Author of the Year.

---- Steve travels a great deal and has spent time in the Caribbean, Mexico, Europe, and Russia. Recently, Ballantine Books renewed Steve`s contract for three more thrillers, which will be published in 2007, 2008, and 2009.

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