Friday, July 11, 2014

Glenn Cooper, Guest Blogger, and a Giveaway

Glenn Cooper is an international bestselling author, who, unfortunately, is not as well-known in the U.S. as he is elsewhere in the world. Today, I have the opportunity to introduce you to him. I'll be giving away two copies of his book, The Tenth Chamber, and I have a guest post from the author. Thank you, Glenn.

The Novelists Who Most Inspired Me to Want to Write
Glenn Cooper

All the writers on my all-star list have one thing in common. They all use language like a paintbrush. They all write gorgeous, lovingly beautiful sentences that you want to read over and over again in amazement that language can be crafted so wonderfully. Yes, they are all also great story-tellers who populate their books with characters who are real and poignant and memorable, but it’s always been the great phrase, or sentence or paragraph that sings off the page that made me what to try my hand at the profession.

John Steinbeck – to me, the best of the best, the grand master of the English language. No one has ever made me cry (The Grapes of WrathOf Mice and Men) and laugh (Tortilla Flat) as much as Steinbeck. Each of his books has passages that seem as if they were written by a god not a man.

Graham Greene – he taught me about moral dilemmas and crises of faith, all wrapped up in wonderfully suspenseful stories and evocative, achingly beautiful language. I hung on every lovely word of a Burnt-Out Case, about a doctor in the tropics, while I was a doctor in the tropics feeling reasonably burnt-out myself.

John Fowles – I’d never read language before that was muscular and deft at the same time. And his inventiveness was mind-boggling. Who ever would have been able to pull off two endings to the same novel as he did in The French Lieutenant’s Woman? Well, Harold Pinter managed to do the same thing, as well or better, in his screen adaptation.

John le Carré – Reading the Smiley and Carla books made me want to write thrillers. Le Carré is no ordinary thriller writer, but a subtle observer of human frailty with a musician’s ear for the rhythm of speech and narrative description.

Umberto Eco – In The Name of the Rose, Eco taught me that one could write a wildly popular and successful thriller without compromising academic scholarship and without dumbing down material. A book like this, complicated and wonderfully dense, elevates the reader.

About The Tenth Chamber

From the thriller writer, Glenn Cooper, whose books have sold six million copies and have been
top-ten bestsellers, comes a novel which draws on the author’s background in medicine and archaeology to create a riveting page-turner.

Abbey of Ruac, rural France – A medieval script is discovered hidden behind an antique bookcase. Badly damaged, it is sent to Paris for restoration, and there literary historian Hugo Pineau begins to read the startling fourteenth-century text. Within its pages lies a fanciful tale of a painted cave and the secrets it contains – and a rudimentary map showing its position close to the abbey. Intrigued, Hugo enlists the help of archaeologist Luc Simard and the two men go exploring.

When they discover a vast network of prehistoric caves, buried deep within the cliffs, they realize that they’ve stumbled across something extraordinary. And at the very core of the labyrinth lies the most astonishing chamber of all, just as the manuscript chronicled. Aware of the significance of their discovery, they set up camp with a team of experts, determined to bring their find to the world. But as they begin to unlock the ancient secrets the cavern holds, they find themselves at the centre of a dangerous game. One ‘accidental’ death leads to another. And it seems that someone will stop at nothing to protect the enigma of the tenth chamber.

About the author:
Glenn Cooper has a degree in archaeology from Harvard and practiced medicine as an infectious diseases specialist. He was the CEO of a biotechnology company for almost twenty years, has written numerous screenplays and has produced three independent feature films. His novels have sold six million copies in thirty-one languages. He lives in Gilford, New Hampshire.


I hope you find The summary of The Tenth Chamber as fascinating as I do. This is my giveaway for the week. I have two copies of The Tenth Chamber. If you'd like to win one, email me at Your subject heading should read, "Win The Tenth Chamber." Please include your name and mailing address. Entries from the U.S. only, please. The contest will end Thursday, July 17 at 6 PM CT.


Libby Dodd said...

Language can be so evocative! Will the electronic age change things? Will people lose their awareness of cogent writing? Let's hope not!

Lesa said...

Libby, Fortunately, it won't be in my lifetime. I use electronic devices, but I'm glad I'll be dead before paper books disappear, and people lose the ability to spell and write.

Glenn Cooper said...

Libby and Lesa, I also use my tablet to read e-books when I'm on the road or if I feel have to own a book immediately for research. But my real books are like friends I can visit with and remember by-gone emotions and characters just by looking at the spines on my shelves. Having said that, sentences are sentences whether they're carved into stone, printed on a page, or saved in binary and displayed in e-ink. There will (hopefully) always be great writers and great readers whatever the medium the future holds.

Lesa said...

You're right, Glenn. At least I'm not so old fashioned that I wouldn't give up stone! Thank you for your guest post.