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Warren Adler

Website: WarrenAdler.com

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Warren Adler is a novelist, short story writer and playwright. His books have been translated into more than 25 languages and two of his novels, The War of the Roses and Random Hearts, have been made into movies. Three short stories from his collection The Sunset Gang have been adapted as a trilogy and shown on Public Television stations. His stage adaptation of the novel The War of the Roses is currently being produced in Italy, Berlin, Hamburg, Prague and countries in Scandinavia. Mr. Adler has acquired his complete backlist and converted this entire library to digital publishing formats. He lectures on creative writing, motion picture adaptation and the future of Electronic Books, runs his own short story competition, and is the founder of the Jackson Hole Writer's Conference.

Short story collections

New York Echoes (Stonehouse Press/Warren Adler, Feb 2008) 

Reviewed by Jason Makansi

The Sunset Gang (Viking Press, 1977) 

Never Too Late for Love (Homestead Publishing, 1995) 

Jackson Hole: An Uneasy Eden (Homestead Publishing, 1997) 

The Washington Dossier Stories 

Interview with Warren Adler

The Short Review: How long did it take you to write all the stories in your collection?

Warren Adler: Six months.

TSR: Did you have a collection in mind when you were writing them?

WA: Yes. I had returned to my home town New York City after 40 years and wanted to put my creative stamp on it. I wrote furiously for months turning out 42 stories, putting 22 in this first collection. Cynthia Nixon read six of these stories on audible.com. She was marvelous.

TSR: How did you choose which stories to include and in what order?

WA: I tried to put the stories in some rhythmic order that was purely subjective, trying to place them by judging dark to light, serious to lighter, less irony to heavy irony.

TSR: What does the word "story" mean to you?

WA:  To me story is fundamental and defines us as human beings. What happens next is the heart of the story and the pattern of all life which is a beginning, a middle and and an end. It is also the great mystery since no human being can ever know "what happens next."

TSR: Do you have a "reader" in mind when you write stories?

WA: I do not have a reader in mind, but I do hope that the reader, whoever he or she is, gets it, joins my characters in their emotional and intellectual journey and understand the situations in which they are place. I work hard to find a universality.

TSR: Is there anything you'd like to ask someone who has read your
collection, anything at all?

WA: Yes. Did these stories touch you emotionally or intellectually? Have they enhanced your understand of human beings and the human condition? Did you want to know what happened next?

TSR: How does it feel knowing that people are buying your books?

WA: Naturally I would love to share my work with others. But the truth is that it is the work itself that matters most and I hope people who read them learn something about life and are entertained and stimulated by what I have written.

TSR: What are you working on now?

WA: I've just begun yet another novel about how the enhancement and achievement of women have impacted on men. That is the general theme that underlines the plot and story.

TSR: What are the three most recent short story collections you've read?

WA: I read the short stories of Hemingway again and again to remind me about how brevity and condensation can power a work of the imagination. I also reread John O'Hara and de Maupassant